27 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 938 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 2 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 936 days. 
 - 374 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1130 days.  
- 11 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 481 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1015 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks continues to give updates on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's situation:
    • In a recent interview, Julian Assange said in regard to Mr Snowden's leaks, "I believe we will see a lot more detail, a lot more information". 
    • Chris Hedges appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss Mr Snowden and the NSA leaks. He commented, "If there are no Snowdens, if there are no Mannings, if there are no Assanges, there will be no free press."
    • Mark Weisbrot wrote on op-ed on why Ecuador would be an ideal refuge for Mr Snowden. 
    • Ecuador renounced trade benefits from the U.S., saying the trade deal had become "a new instrument of blackmail". Ecuador has been facing U.S. pressure since the announcement that Mr Snowden had applied for asylum.
  • DARPA is seeking to WikiLeaks-proof the Pentagon through a new project called "CINDER: Cyber Insider Threat".
  • Wired published an article on former Icelandic WikiLeaks volunteer Sigurdur “Siggi” Thordarson explaining how he worked as a paid informant for the FBI.
    • WikiLeaks tweeted: "At no time did Sigurdur Thordarson 'work' for WikiLeaks. At no time did he have access to sourcing or publishing systems." They also linked to an earlier statement they put out saying, "A wired article today misdescribes a volunteer's role."
    • In 2011, the Icelandic minister asked nearly a dozen FBI agents who were investigating WikiLeaks to leave.
  • Professor Robert Manne posted an in-depth analysis of Alex Gibney's documentary, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", detailing misleading and false information in the film. Professor Manne himself appeared in the film.

Julian Assange News:
  • A segment on RT asked whether Julian Assange could be the ninth person indicted by the Obama Administration under the Espionage Act.
  • Julian Assange will appear on ABC's This Week on Sunday, June 30.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the eleventh 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
    •  Bradley Manning is charged with leaking 117 diplomatic cables, 96 confidential and 21 secret. A list of links to the specific cables is available here.
    • Alexa O'Brien tweeted, "If Manning sentenced to confinement for more than a year-- the case immediately appealed to ACCA".
    • For further coverage see Bradley Manning Support Network's write-up and Kevin Gosztola's live-blog.
  • A worldwide action day for Bradley Manning will be held on July 27.