3 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 914 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 25 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 911 days. 
 - 349 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1106 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 457 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 991 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 23,478 Stratfor emails on Serbia.
  • WikiLeaks cables show that Russia would not sell S-300 to Syria and had froze sales of it to Iran.
  • Multiple Panamanian journalists are being targeted with smear campaigns after reporting on WikiLeaks cables which are embarrassing for President Ricardo Martinelli’s government.
  • Journalist Chris Hedges wrote an article criticizing Alex Gibney's film "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", calling it "agitprop for the security and surveillance state".

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning's trial began today and is expected to last 12 weeks.
    • The defense's opening argument described PFC Manning as having "good intentions", albeit "naïve". It focused on his value for human life, as well as his selection of information to leak being based on what he believed the public needed to know.
    • The Government's opening argument stated that PFC Manning "literally dumped" information on the internet "into the hands of the enemy". They stated that his choices of information to leak was "indiscriminate", and that PFC Manning knew the risks of leaking to WikiLeaks based on intelligence reports he had read.
    • Government prosecutors are attempting to link PFC Manning with Julian Assange, saying that PFC Manning was "helping" WikiLeaks, rather than acting on his own. The defense argued that there is no evidence to back up this claim, and that PFC Manning was acting on his own moral grounds.
    • Government prosecutors are arguing that PFC Manning "craved notoriety".
    • Testimonies were heard from three Government witnesses: two special agents and PFC Manning's former roommate. Short descriptions of their testimonies can be read here.
    • The judge ruled that the stenographer croud-funded through Freedom of the Press Foundation is allowed to transcribe the proceedings with a stenography machine. However, they still do not have a press pass and are asking to borrow them from those who did receive a pass (only 70 of 350 organizations that applied for press passes received them).
  • More information on Bradley Manning's trial can be read at the following links:
  • Amnesty put out a statement calling for Bradley Manning to be allowed to use a "public interest" defense. Amnesty has been previously criticized by WikiLeaks and others for failing to name PFC Manning as a political prisoner.
  • Trevor Timm of Freedom of the Press Foundation wrote an op-ed on how Bradley Manning's trial threatens the rights of all future whistleblowers.
  • The New York Times obudsman has again criticized her own paper for its lack of coverage of Bradley Manning's case.