11 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 922 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 17 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 919 days. 
 - 357 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1114 days.  
- 5 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 465 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 999 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • According to a WikiLeaks cable, American diplomats termed CBI (India's Government agency for criminal investigations) a "pliant pawn of political masters".
  • An alleged U.S. Air Force memorandum has been posted on Twitter, which states that airmen are not allowed to access the PRISM leaks saying, "Similar to events associated with WIKILEAKS disclosures in the past 2 years, classified documents associated with a news story on NSA and wiretapping are potentially classified".
  • Alex Gibney's documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" only grossed $28,000 in it's first weekend, despite a large amount of advertising. The film has been highly criticized by WikiLeaks and its supporters.
    • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner was on Breaking the Set discussing the film, including how it attacks Julian Assange's character.
  • The Official WikiLeaks Store released three new t-shirts: "I Love Leakers", "Big Brother is Watching You", and one containing a quote from Julian Assange, "Every day I can live by my principles is a day spent at liberty". All proceeds go to the WikiLeaks organization.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange appeared on Anderson Cooper 360 where he discussed Edward Snowden and the PRISM leaks, as well as Bradley Manning's trial.
  • Julian Assange will be interviewed on Al Jazeera's Listening Post, June 15 at 8:30AM GMT.
  • Ecuadorian FM Ricardo Patino said that he will ask the British Government to allow Julian Assange access to sunlight saying, "His right to intimacy, mobility, a normal life and health is being restricted".
  • An article in Arbolioto lists the guests Julian Assange has had at the Ecuadorian Embassy as he reaches his one year there.
  • WikiLeaks sent out a tweet comparing the recent smears against Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the PRISM leak, to those against Julian Assange: "Glenn Greenwald and the creepy cult that surrounds him".

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the fifth day of Bradley Manning's trial. It is expected to last until late August. Transcripts of all hearings are being released through the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
    • A statement from PFC Manning's aunt, Debra Van Alstyne, was used by the prosecution in court, in which she said PFC Manning had told her that the Collteral Murder video would be a "big news" and a "big splash in America" (this was in May 2010, after the video was released by WikiLeaks).
    • Marine Corps computer security expert testified that Julian Assange solicited classified information and trade secrets during a 2009 Berlin computer security conference.
    • According to Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola, "Generally, the defense proved that, as charged, Manning did not transfer a Granai air strike video on November 1, 2009." He further states, "The government wants to prove he transmitted the video in November because it would have been during his first weeks of deployment in Iraq and they are adamant about creating this perception in court that he was working as some kind of agent for WikiLeaks."
    • For more coverage see Kevin Gosztola's live-blog, Nathan Fuller's write-up, and Alexa O'Brien's tweets
  • Lawyer Chase Madar wrote an article entitled "How State Secrecy Leads to War", which argues that Bradley Manning did more for U.S. security than SEAL Team 6.