15 July 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 952 days. 
 - 390 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1146 days.  
- 18 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 497 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1031 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • Updates continue on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's situation:
    • Mr Snowden has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. WikiLeaks responded:
      • "Now Manning, Assange and Snowden have all been formally nominated for the Nobel. The Nobel Peace prize however, is corrupt. Overseen by Norwegian and Swedish establishments, it has become an instrument of foreign policy. With Norway in NATO and Sweden vying with Israel for closest ally slot, winners are people like Barack Obama. That's why former winners have denounced the institution as corrupted and it is being sued for corrupting its constitution." 
    • Russian President Putin commented on Mr Snowden's situation saying it "is not clear now", but that he will leave the country as soon as he has the opportunity.
    • EFF director for International Freedom of Expression Jillian C. York wrote on how the media continues to focus on Mr Snowden, rather than the information he has revealed. International law professor Richard Falk also wrote on the topic.
  • PBS published an article on the eleven leakers charged under the Espionage Act since 1917, eight of whom have been charged during the Obama Administration.
  • GNU founder Richard Stallman was interviewed on RT where he discussed the threat of total surveillance, as well as commenting on the situations of Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

Julian Assange News:
  • Tomorrow at 8PM UTC Julian Assange and Puerto Rican band Calle 13 (likely singer Residente, who has done a live Q&A alongside Mr Assange previously) will talk about what's happening with Edward Snowden and the NSA. It has not been stated what platform they will be using.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the eighteenth 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
    • Today's hearing focused on arguments regarding the dismissal of the "aiding the enemy" charge against PFC Manning as well as other greater offenses.
    • The judge denied the government's request for their witness to rebut Prof. Yochai Benkler's testimony re WikiLeaks as a legitimate journalistic organization.
    • For further coverage see Kevin Gosztola's live-blog and Alexa O'Brien's tweets.
  • Journalist and Guantanamo expert Andy Worthington wrote on the discussion during Bradley Manning's trial regarding the Guantanamo detainee assessments PFC Manning admitted to leaking.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network is raising money for a full-page New York Times ad. People who donate over $100 will have their name included in the ad.