2 July 2013


Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 940 days. 
 - 378 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1134 days.  
- 14 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 485 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1019 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • After nearly three years of financial blockade by VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Bank of America, and Western Union, credit card donations to WikiLeaks are now fully reinstated.
  • Updates continue on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's situation:
    • The plane of Bolivian President Evo Morales was diverted to Vienna after beliefs Mr Snowden was on board. He was able to leave after 14 hours. The U.S. admitted to being in contact with countries regarding potentional flights Mr Snowden could be on. For in-depth coverage of the events, see The Guardian's live-blog.
    • The Guardian has a running list of countries' responses to Mr Snowden's asylum requests.
    • Julian Assange has called on Europe to welcome Mr Snowden saying, "Europe must rise to the occasion and show its willingness to defend freedom of information, whatever its fears of political pressure from its 'best friend' the United States."
    • The general secretary of Reporters Without Borders and Julian Assange co-signed an op-ed in Le Monde calling on the states of the EU to protect Mr Snowden.
    • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson appeared on Democracy Now! where he criticized the U.S. for effectively leaving Mr Snowden "stateless".
    • Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro stated that Mr Snowden "deserves the world's protection".
    • The American Library Association has recognized Mr Snoweden as a whistleblower who "has performed a valuable service in launching a national dialogue about transparency, domestic surveillance, and overclassification". 
    • Amnesty International issued a statement condemning the U.S. for its pursuit of Mr Snowden.
    • CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou wrote an open letter to Mr Snowden.
    • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote on how Mr Snowden's case has shown the politicization of asylum seeking.
    • The U.S. Army has now blocked The Guardian website at military installations around the world, claiming it wants to prevent soldiers from viewing classified information.
    • The Washington Post, which helped break the NSA spying stories, was heavily criticized after publishing an editorial calling for the U.S. to stop Mr Snowden from any continued leaking.
  • Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim debunked claims against him that he owned 20 offshore bank accounts. Despite a media organization claiming the information was in WikiLeaks cables, Mr Ibrahim stated that "there is no such reference made in any WikiLeaks entry on Malaysia".
  • A review of Alex Gibney's documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" published in WSWS calls the film "a political hatchet job against Julian Assange and dovetails with the media and US government campaign against the WikiLeaks web site".
  • Imprisoned activist Barrett Brown wrote an op-ed on the cyber-intelligence complex which gives multiple mentions to the attacks against WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange News:

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the fourteenth 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
    • The prosecution rested their case against PFC Manning after presenting evidence from 80 witnesses over the course of nearly five weeks.
    • One of the Government's witnesses against PFC Manning was a "naval officer who helped build the case against Saddam Hussein during the run-up to the Iraq War".
    • For further coverage of the day's proceedings, see Bradley Manning Support Network's write-up and Kevin Gosztola's live-blog.
  • Retired Army Colonel Ann Wright wrote an op-ed on how Bradley Manning is a brave and altruistic soldier.