8 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 858 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 855 days. 
 - 293 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1050 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 401 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 935 days.

WikiLeaks News - PlusD:
  • Today WikiLeaks launched the Public Library of US Diplomacy, or PlusD, "the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications". It includes the "Kissinger Cables", 1.7M U.S. Diplomatic Records from 1973-1976, as well as the 250K documents from Cablegate, comprising a total of 2M records and 1B words. PlusD includes multiple search features such as a detailed text and tag search, as well as the ability to make timegraphs. WikiLeaks is currently working with 18 media partners in 16 countries and have already made dozens of headlines (as it is impossible to keep up with the rate of PlusD news, this is by no means a complete list of articles published so far):
    • Australia: Foreign Minister Bob Carr and ACTU president Bob Hawke were sources for US Diplomats in the 1970s seeking information on the Whitlam government and the broader Labor movement
    • Brazil: The U.S. continued to fund the Brazilian dictatorship, despite being aware of its torturous practices (for more reports on Brazil, see Publica's webpage dedicated to PlusD)
    • Cyprus/Turkey/Greece: Henry Kissinger was involved in two 1970s coups, pushing for the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and allowed arms to be moved to Ankara
    • Egypt: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists within universities were used to strike and break the leftist forces and Nasiriyah
    • Egypt/Syria/Israel: Cables show the change in U.S. diplomacy toward Arabs, shedding light on the Yom Kippur War
    • India: Former Prime Minister of Rajiv Gandhi was a middleman for Swedish company Saab-Scania in looking to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India
      • This story has caused a major stir in India, with the BJP calling on the Congress to "come clean" about the cables
    • India: Socialist labour leader George Fernandes sought to get funding from the CIA and the French government while underground organising sabotage activities
    • India: The New York Times posted five great insights on India from the release, including information on the political motivations behind India's first nuclear test
    • Ireland: The U.S. was concerned that Ireland could become "one of the more difficult" members of the European Community
    • Italy: There was a secret agreement between the U.S. and Fr. Luigi Giussani to stop the advance of the Communist Party in Italy
    • Spain: King Juan Carlos was the confidant of the U.S. when he ascended to the throne (for more reports on King Carlos, see P├║blico's webpage dedicated to PlusD)
    • UK: A cable discusses first impressions toward Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, seeing her as "an effective and forceful parliamentary performer" and "frighteningly English"
    • Vatican/Chile: The Vatican once dismissed reports of massacres by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet as “Communist propaganda”
  • For further revelations from PlusD and the Kissinger Cables, follow WikiLeaks, WLPress, and the #plusd hashtag on Twitter.
  • A press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC announcing the release of PlusD. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson led the conference, with Julian Assange Skyping in from the Ecuadorian Embassy. Video of the conference is available, as well as video of the Q&A.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson was interviewed on Democracy Now! about the new release.
  • Investigative journalist Tony Gosling was interviewed on RT about the significance of the release, calling it "extremely useful" as the Kissinger Cables were "almost impossible" to search through beforehand.

WikiLeaks News - Other:
  • An article in The Conversation discusses how WikiLeaks has changed investigative journalism, commenting that, "stories of tax fraud [Offshore Leaks] would not be in print without the WikiLeaks model showing what was possible".
  • Green Left published the third and final part in their series on WikiLeaks revelations over the impact of the NIE assessment on the US war drive against Iran.
  • WikiLeaks cables show that the U.S. saw a "dollop of complacency"in Ireland's efforts to pursue alleged terrorists.

Julian Assange News:
  • Professor Ferrada de Noli wrote on how Swedish Supreme Court Justice Stefan Lindskog's visit to Australia to discuss Julian Assange's case increased doubts regarding the Swedish legal system.