31 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 911 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 28 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 908 days. 
 - 346 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1103 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 454 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 988 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner appeared on The Real News to discuss two alleged WikiLeaks sources: Bradley Manning who is facing life in prison, and Jeremy Hammond who is facing 10 years in prison.
  • The AGP is planning to initiate legal action against Rahul Gandhi after his alleged statements painting the regional party as insurgents, which were revealed in WikiLeaks cables.
  • A Chicago University student wrote an article about how he came to support WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning after doing his own research, rather than relying on the mainstream media.
  • NYT eXaminer posted an article about Alex Gibney's documentary, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", saying that it is "a high profile part of the media war that WikiLeaks is fighting".
  • A user on Reddit has created a list of "easy things everyone can do to stop the faux documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" from gaining success or impact".

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange was interviewed in L'Espresso about the future of the internet, his Senate run, and Beppe Grillo. 
  • Curtis Morrison, who secretly recorded a Mitch McConnell strategy session, compared his ideals to those of Julian Assange saying, "I’ve never doubted that making the recording was ethical. I believe in the philosophy of Julian Assange: When we open up governments, we bring in freedom."
  • An article in Counterpunch analyses the 24/7 police guard around the Ecuadorian Embassy, which has cost UK taxpayers upwards of $5m.
  • Mary Kostakidis wrote on how Julian Assange and Clive Palmer might save Australia from a boring election.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Worldwide rallies are happening tomorrow (and continuing throughout the week) in support of Bradley Manning before his trial begins on June 3.
  • The U.S. Army has pulled from its website all the FOIA documents relating to Bradley Manning. Alexa O'Brien has a searchable archive at her website. Her website also published two graphics which break down Bradley Manning's plea dates and the U.S. Government's charge dates.
  • Clark Stoeckley, artist and owner of the WikiLeaks truck, has created a graphic novel of Bradley Manning's court hearings, which he has been attending. The book is currently available for pre-order and will ship in September.
  • AFP posted a short video of Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg discussing his support for Bradley Manning.
  • Actor Russell Brand sent out a tweet: "We should learn about Bradley Manning and support him." Previously, Mr Brand put out photo of himself with a "I am Bradley Manning" sign.
    • People have often asked Lady Gaga to also come out in support of Bradley Manning. Shortly after Mr Brand's tweet, WikiLeaks tweeted: "Is it safe for @LadyGaga to come out and support Bradley Maning--or will she lose her recording contracts? Discuss."