28 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 819 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 816  days. 
 - 254 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1011 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 362 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 896 days.

WikiLeaks News:

Julian Assange News:
  • Tom Flanagan, former adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was fired from CBC after his comments that viewing child pornography caused no harm. In 2010, Mr Flanagan came under fire for his comment that Julian Assange should be assassinated with a drone.
  • Vivienne Westwood stated she was "sad and puzzled" at Jemima Khan's recent criticisms of Julian Assange, saying that "misapplied feminism is holding Julian in legal limbo" and that he faces a serious threat from the U.S.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today, Bradley Manning read his prepared plea during a hearing. He plead guilty to 10 of 22 lesser charges he faces, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. His plea was accepted by the judge, but he has not been found guilty. The full trial will happen in June, where the Government will try the 'greater offenses', including "aiding the enemy", which PFC Manning did not plea guilty to. Kevin Gosztola explained that it can be assumed PFC Manning will receive a prison sentence, but the trial will determine how long it will be for: between 20 and life.
    • PFC Manning plead guilty to releasing "Collateral Murder", some Iraq and Afghan War Logs, and Cablegate. He plead not guilty to releasing the Granai massacre video and to stealing the GAL (global address list; contains names, emails, phone numbers of military members). 
    • PFC Manning explained his reasoning behind releasing the information was to "spark a debate" on U.S. foreign policy, and that Americans had a right to know the "true costs of war".
    • PFC Manning described in detail how he was "troubled" after seeing the "Collateral Murder" video. He commented on the helicopter crew's "lack of concern for human life" and their "bloodlust".
    • PFC Manning said he attempted to contact Washington Post and The New York Times before going to WikiLeaks, but they showed no interest. He also attempted to reach POLITICO, but could not due to weather issues.
    • PFC Manning stated that WikiLeaks did not pressure him into leaking information; it was a decision he made on his own. He also stated that someone in the IRC WikiLeaks public channel directed him to the online submission system.
    • PFC Manning stated that he had used information released by WikiLeaks in one of his intel reports. He learned about WikiLeaks through Google News and an open source search after the 9/11 pager messages were released.
    • Julian Assange made a brief statement on the matter to Channel4 News, calling PFC Manning "America's foremost political prisoner".
  • Glenn Greenwald wrote an article on Bradley Manning's heroism, in light of his guilty plea to releasing information to WikiLeaks.