18 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 929 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 10 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 927 days. 
 - 365 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1121 days.  
- 8 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 472 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1006 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 31,315 Stratfor emails on Somalia and 18,714 emails on Algeria.
  • Alex Gibney's WikiLeaks documentary, which has been heavily criticized by WikiLeaks and it's supporters, is flopping at the box office, having made only $158,600 in U.S. box office sales (production costs were $2M). Although, the film is a popular download on torrent websites.
    • The Nation published an in-depth review of the film, which was heavily critical, calling the film "neither the film nor the debate we need".

Julian Assange News:
  • Today (June 19) marks Julian Assange's year in the Ecuadorian Embassy. In an interview with AAP, he discussed his 17-hour work days and how he will not leave the Embassy, even if Sweden were to drop the allegations against him. He also heavily criticized the Australian Government, saying it bent over more than any other country to appease the U.S.
  • With the passing of journalist Michael Hastings, who died today in a car accident, Firedoglake journalist Kevin Gosztola revisited his interview with Julian Assange.
  • Julian Assange's book "Cypherpunks" is now available as an audiobook.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the eighth day of Bradley Manning's trial. It is expected to last until late August. The trial is currently on recess until June 25. Transcripts of all hearings are being released through the Freedom of the Press Foundation.  
    • The Government defended the admissibility of its evidence, including tweets and archived web pages, which it believes shows PFC Manning conspired with WikiLeaks. 
    • PBS FRONTLINE's Arun Rath discussed the difficulties the prosecution has been having establishing some of their claims.
    • For further coverage see Bradley Manning Support Network's write-up and Kevin Gosztola's live-blog.
  • The full "I Am Bradley Manning" video, featuring celebrity supporters of Bradley Manning, has been released.
  • In an interview with Gawker, actor/comedian Russell Brand discusses Bradley Manning, including the necessity and bravery of whistleblowing.