18 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 809 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 806  days. 
 - 244 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1001 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 352 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 886 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Google is in discussions with VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal regarding cutting off funds to filesharing and offshore websites. WikiLeaks has been subject to a similar blockade since December 2010.
  • Peru This Week published a brief overview of the revelations about Peru which have come out of the newly released GI Files.
  • Emails released by WikiLeaks show that Stratfor analysts believe Mexican drug lord Joaquin El Chapo Guzman Loera is hiding in Guatamala.
  • An article in Cyber War Zone analyses a series of Stratfor emails about Anonymous and the Zeta Cartel.
  • EPIC Privacy filed a new document (PDF) in response to the U.S. Government's secrecy regarding the surveillance of individuals related to WikiLeaks. A background of the continued FOIA requests for such information can be read here.

Julian Assange News:
  • Newly reelected Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa has called for a quick diplomatic solution to Julian Assange's situation, reiterating Ecuador's demands for his safe passage to the country or for a Swedish prosecutor to question him in the Embassy.
    • In response to President Correa's reelection, UK Foreign Secretary William Hague congratulated him and commented, "The UK remains fully committed to seeking a diplomatic solution with the Ecuadorean Government to secure Julian Assange’s extradition to Sweden". WikiLeaks tweeted, "UK FM William Hague has clearly learned nothing from the international condemnation his behavior brought down on the UK last year".
  • Victoria Senator Stephen Conroy, who is currently halfway through his term, was asked about Julian Assange's bid for Senate. He responded that, "[Assange will] put forward his policies, the people of Victoria will make a judgement about them." Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Bob Carr has declined to comment on Mr Assange's Senate plans.

Jeremy Hammond News:
  • Revolution News posted an update on Jeremy Hammond's upcoming February 21 court hearing.  A press conference will be held beforehand, with statements given by Jeremy Hammond's brother Jason, researcher Alexa O'Brien, Heidi Boghosian of the National Lawyers Guild, and WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner. Andrew Blake of RT will also be reporting the event, and Luke Rudkowski from We Are Change will be live streaming video.