5 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 916 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 23 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 913 days. 
 - 351 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1108 days.  
- 3 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 459 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 993 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 24,599 Stratfor emails on Tunisia.
  • A cable released by WikiLeaks shows that leaders of the Indian National Congress party competed over who could shed more Sikh blood during 1984.
  • Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam grilled Foreign Minister Bob Carr over Bradley Manning's trial and the U.S. investigation into WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
  • Kim Dotcom tweeted that one of the reasons MegaUpload was targeted was a 20,000 euro donation to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange's attorney Michael Ratner stated that the U.S. Department of Justice has "more likely than not" prepared a sealed indictment against Mr Assange.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the third day of Bradley Manning's trial. It is expected to last 12 weeks. The trial has adjourned for the week and will continue Monday. Transcripts of all hearings are being released through the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
    • Captain Casey Fulton, a senior intelligence analyst, testified that there were no specific warnings about individual sites mined by U.S. enemies, but did mention Facebook, Google, and Google Maps. WikiLeaks was not mentioned.
    • Chief warrant officer Kyle Balonek testified that PFC Manning had unfettered access to classified information and was allowed to download classified information onto CDs.
    • Jihrleah Showman, PFC Manning's former supervisor, testified that PFC Manning bragged about his computer fluency, password cracking abilities, and attendance of martini parties in Washington D.C. with influential people. Alexa O'Brien posted a screenshot of a 2012 tweet from Ms Showman criticizing PFC Manning's supporters, which was quickly deleted.
    • The judge sidestepped a question regarding whether the court stenographer crowd-funded via Freedom of the Press Foundation would be allowed to cover the entire trial. Meanwhile, the National Press Club has joined a group of organizations pushing for more transparency in the trial.
    • Alexa O'Brien picked apart evidence from the prosecution regarding a Garani airstrike video, saying that the Government's "air strike conspiracy case" is "not so air tight".
    • Kevin Gosztola tweeted that the number of journalists in the press pool at PFC Manning's trial has dropped to less than 20. He also mentioned that The New York Times is one of the organizations who is no longer in attendance. Huffington Post reports that TV media has largely ignored the trial.
  • More information on Bradley Manning's trial can be found at the following links: 
  • Carlos Latuff created a political cartoon depicting Bradley Manning in a show trial.
  • Video is available from the Century Soho Bradley Manning event held last month, which included Julian Assange speaking via videolink.