19 July 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 956 days. 
 - 394 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1150 days.  
- 20 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 501 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1035 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Updates continue on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's situation:
    • The FISA court renewed a surveillance program exposed by Mr Snowden.
    • A group of Latin America experts wrote about the supposed "irony" of Mr Snowden seeking asylum in Venezuela.
    • Former Brazillian President Lula spoke out in support of Mr Snowden.
    • ACLU director Anthony Romero called Mr Snowden's disclosures "a service" to the country.
    • NSA whistleblowers Thomas Drake and Bill Binney appeared on Channel 4 to discuss the U.S. war on whistlblowers and the similarities between their cases and Mr Snowden's.

Julian Assange News:
  • Australian FM Bob Carr's appearance on ABC News 24 has been rescheduled for August 6. He will be answering the top three user-voted questions, the first regarding the Australian Government's abandonment of Julian Assange.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the twentieth 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.  
    • PFC Manning's trial is on recess until July 25, when closing arguments will begin. The sentencing phase is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 31.
    • Kevin Gosztola wrote on the dubious evidence presented by the prosecution which attempted to show PFC Manning's disloyalty to the U.S.
    • The prosecution attempted to amend their charge sheet against PFC Manning. If allowed, the defense could move for a mistrial on the amended charges.
    • Clips from Alex Gibney's documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" was used by the defense in court. Mr Gibney refused the initial defense request for all outtakes of his interview with Jihrleah Showman.
    • For further information see Kevin Gosztola's live-blog and Bradley Manning Support Network's write-up.
  • Alexa O'Brien wrote an article on Judge Denise Lind, who is presiding over Bradley Manning's case, and her history of deference to the prosecution.
  • Professor Yochai Benkler, a key defense witness in Bradley Manning's trial, wrote on how the "aiding the enemy" charge against PFC Manning is a threat to journalism.
  • Kevin Gosztola, ACLU's Ben Wizner, and others discussed the "aiding the enemy" charge on HuffPost Live.
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner appeared on The Real News to discuss the judge's refusal to dismiss the "aiding the enemy" charge against Bradley Manning.

WikiLeaks Party:
  • The WikiLeaks Party's website has been redesigned and a new logo has been created.
  • WikiLeaks Party member Gary Lord interviewed U.S. whistleblower Christopher Boyce about WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden.