8 Janurary 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 768 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 765  days. 
 - 203 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 960 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 311 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 845 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Democracy Now! interviewed Al Jazeera’s Sami al-Hajj about his six-year long detention at Guantanamo Bay. WikiLeaks released his Guantanamo file in 2011.
  • In an article about North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's absent brothers, a WikiLeaks cable is mentioned which describes Jong Chul as a video-game devotee who was often sick.
  • The Official WikiLeaks Store is looking for ideas of what supporters want to see in the shop.
  • Alexa O'Brien is looking for volunteers to assist with a technical and content update of her U.S. v WikiLeaks timeline.
  • Samantha Castro of the WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance was interviewed about WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange.
  • The Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition will have a float in Sydney Mardi Gras, March 2, to raise awareness of the plights of Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.
  • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola interviewed NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake about the similarities between his case and that of CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who was just sentenced to 30 months in prison over a leak of classified information.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning's pretrial hearings continued today. Judge Lind ruled that PFC Manning suffered illegal punishment and awarded him 112 days off his potential sentence.
    • The ruling took 90 minutes to read and will not be made public, unless the Center for Constitutional Rights wins its lawsuit regarding secrecy in the case.
    • The specific occurances PFC Manning received credit for were November 1, 2010 to January 18, 2011 for being on Prevention of Injury status, and April 1 to April 20, 2011 for clothing removal.
    • The Guardian's Ed Pilkington, present at the hearing, commented, "So as charges currently stand, [Bradley Manning] faces life in military custody with no chance of parole, minus 112 days".
    • For more in-depth information on the ruling see Kevin Gosztola's write-up and RT's article.
  • Since Bradley Manning's defense is not moving to compel witnesses for speedy trial litigation, PFC Manning's court martial is scheduled to begin on March 6.
  • Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs stated that PFC Manning had no intent to "aid the enemy", as he is charged with, selecting harmless material to leak. Mr Coombs plans on calling Adrian Lamo as a witness to testify regarding this.
    • Politico's Josh Gerstein wrote on the Government's argument that passing information to WikiLeaks indirectly aids Al-Qaeda.
    • EFF's Trevor Timm commented, "As US argues WikiLeaks publishing info indirectly helps the enemy, remember: bin Laden also liked to read Bob Woodward". 
  • Retired Colonel Morris David appeared on RT America to discuss Bradley Manning's case. He said how the Government needs to keep the case in perspective, and that WikiLeaks caused more "embarrassment" as opposed to "aiding the enemy".
  • During next weeks hearings, January 16 and 17, Judge Lind will rule on the Government's motions to preclude evidence of motive and over-classification in Bradley Manning's case.