10 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 860 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 857 days. 
 - 295 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1052 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 403 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 937 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks' Kissinger Cables continue making headlines around the world.
    • Haiti: The U.S. resumed military aid to Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is currently charged with crimes against humanity committed during his rule in the 70s and 80s
    • India: A panel on NDTV discussed the many revelations on the Rajiv Ghandi
    • India: The Gandhi brothers, Rajiv and Sanjay, competed to be the middleman for an Indian Air Force deal
    • India: Three attempts were made to assassinate Sanjay Gandhi
    • India: U.S. diplomats stated that corruption in India was a "fact of life
    • Israel: The U.S. blamed Israel for the peace delay in 1975
    • Saudi Arabia: Saudi King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was vehemently opposed to using oil as a weapon to deter the West from aiding the Zionist state
    • Sweden: FM Carl Bildt was exposed as a U.S. informer
    • U.S.: A cable contains a powerful statement against censorship from the Iroquois people involved in "Wounded Knee"
    • U.S.: Musicians including Bob Dylan were suggested as part of a U.S. Government plan to undermine communism in the Soviet Union
    • For dozens more revelations from the Kissinger Cables, check the Twitter accounts of WikiLeaks and WLPress, as well as the #PlusD hashtag.
  • WikiLeaks revelations about the presence of U.S. nuclear arms in Belgium have caused the Belgium Greens to call for the removal of said arms.
  • A WikiLeaks cables shows that Iraq warned the UN Security Council of "fabricated evidence" shortly before Colin Powell's speech on WMDs.
  • Journalism++ open sourced their code used for the WikiLeaks PlusD map and graph.
  • WikiLeaks tweeted that they are creating a PlusD video tutorial. You can tweet what you would like to see included in the tutorial using hashtag #PlusDtutorial.

Julian Assange News:
  • Oliver Stone tweeted about his recent meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, urging for support of him and WikiLeaks, and criticizing two WikiLeaks films coming out this year: "We Steal Secrets" and "The Fifth Estate".
  • Director Robert Connolly, actor Alex Williams, and WACA co-founder Sam Castro were interviewed at the Byron Bay screening of "Underground: The Julian Assange Story", along with some of the attendees.
  • ABC Radio host Steve Austin stated that he quit the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance due to their embrace of Julian Assange, including awarding him with a Walkley Award for journalism in 2011.

Bradley Manning News:
  • WikiLeaks called for an economic boycott of both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty until they label Bradley Manning as a political prisoner.
  • Bradley Manning was back in court today for another pretrial hearing. Here are some major developments:
    • Journalists attending PFC Manning's hearing were given physical copies of the two rulings made today, which is unprecedented in this largely secret court martial. Kevin Gosztola wrote on whether this is a sign of greater transparency in PFC Manning's trial, but noted what journalists do get access to is likely to be "selective and arbitrary".
    • On the opposite side, people attending PFC Manning's hearing are no longer allowed to have cell phones, due to the leaked audio of PFC Manning's testimony released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. A military spokesman commented, "This media operation center is a privilege, not a requirement. Privileges can be taken away".
    • Judge Lind denied a defense motion to preclude evidence that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda received copies of material published by WikiLeaks.
    • The U.S. Government must prove that PFC Manning intended to aid the enemy in order to pursue the "aiding the enemy" charge.
    • A member of the team that killed Osama bin Laden, known as "John Doe", will testify that he removed digital data containing cables leaking by WikiLeaks from bin Laden's compound. He will be allowed to testify during a closed session, in a disguise, and from an undisclosed location.

Jeremy Hammond News: 
  • Jeremy Hammond was back in court today for a brief status hearing and was allowed 10 minutes to speak with his mother and brother. The courtroom was full of supporters. His next hearing is scheduled for April 30.