16 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 866 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 863 days. 
 - 301 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1058 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 409 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 943 days.

WikiLeaks News - Releases:
  • Cables released by WikiLeaks show that the U.S. supported the military dictatorship in Argentina established in 1976. The Kissinger Cables have shown U.S. involvement in other Latin American dictatorships as well.
  • An article in the Daily Maverick discusses WikiLeaks cables on South Africa, from the Kissinger Cables through Cablegate.
  • According to a State Department cable, Pakistan tried to kill moderate separatist Fazal-ul-Qureshi in order to scuttle peace talks on Kashmir.
  • In a diplomatic cable, the U.S. graded Ireland's 2004 presidency of the European Union as a "tentative B". 
  • A former U.S. Ambassador wrote that former President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino doubted the political charisma of her only son, Benigno Aquino III, who eventually succeeded as President.

WikiLeaks News - Other:
  • Former Australian Attorney-General Kep Enderby QC spoke out for Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, stating that it is "obvious" the U.S. wants its hands on Mr Assange. Mr Enderby believes the Australian Government would hand over Mr Assange to the U.S., but that pressure from the Australian public could prevent that from happening. 
  • WikiLeaks tweeted that they have nothing to do with "WikiLeaks Venezuela @WikiLeaksVEN", a Twitter account which states that they "publish information of public interest".
  • WikiLeaks legal adviser Jennifer Robinson spoke on a panel entitled "Information, Secrecy, and WikiLeaks" at the Commonwealth Lawyers Conference in Cape Town. Her tweets from the event can be read here
  • With a new film out this week, "War on Whistleblowers", The Guardian's Tom Devine wrote on President Obama's "dangerously contradictory stance" on whistleblowers. Despite having signed whistleblower protection laws, his administration continues to prosecute whistleblowers on an unprecedented scale.

    Julian Assange News:
    • A new poll shows that roughly 15% of Victorians would vote for Julian Assange. While two experts called his chance at a Senate seat "highly unlikely", WikiLeaks Party campaign manager Greg Barns said they are happy with the results and are still in the "early days". WikiLeaks commented that it is a "strong result" as only 14% is needed to "win outright".

    Bradley Manning News:
    • A U.S. soldier has been sentenced for 16 years for attempting to sell information to the Russian Government. Comparatively, Bradley Manning pled guilty to charges which would land him 20 years in prison, yet the U.S. Government is pursuing charges which would sentence him to life in prison. [edit: This post has been corrected. Originally it stated the U.S. soldier attempted to sell secret information, but in fact the information was unclassified.]
    • Katrina vanden Heuvel wrote an article in The Washington Post on truth-tellers versus traitors. She mentions Bradley Manning as an example of how truth-telling has "suffered an all-out assault" under the Obama Administration.