18 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 868 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 865 days. 
 - 303 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1060 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 411 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 945 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • During the U.S. House of Representatives meeting on CISPA, Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) stated that, "... even independent groups like WikiLeaks are pursuing very aggressive measures to hack into our nation's power grid, our air traffic control systems, and individuals' personal financial records and other sort of records across the country," a completely unfounded claim.
  • A UK court has ruled that the UK Government is immune from cross-examination over a WikiLeaks cable which discusses the motives of the marine protected area imposed on the Chagos Islands. The cable can be read here.
  • Cables released by WikiLeaks have prompted calls for a new probe into the Bhopal disaster. Campaigner Satinath Sarangi stated that the cables "paint a picture of efforts towards evasion of responsibility, collusion by the US and India and negligence on the part of Union Carbide". 
  • Cables released by WikiLeaks detail the relationship between the U.S. and Italian politician Franco Marini, including working with him to block trade unions in Italy.
  • WikiLeaks recommended reading tweets from Sachin Dixit, who has been combing through WikiLeaks' Kissinger Cables to find revelations on India.
  • Journalism Professor Christian Christensen posted the script of his lecture which discusses failures in the mainstream media and the rise of WikiLeaks and Anonymous.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange appeared on Actualidad RT where he discussed UK and U.S. intervention in Bahrain (Spanish).
  • Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin tweeted that she visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy and will be posting a write-up of their meeting within a few days.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Emptywheel wrote on former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche, one of the Government witnesses who is scheduled to testify at Bradley Manning's trial. Ambassador Seche authored multiple cables on drone strikes in Yemen, including a "passage that suggests Anwar al-Awlaki was an intended target of the December 24, 2009 attack".