25 July 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 962 days. 
 - 400 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1156 days.  
- 21 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 507 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1041 days.


Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the twenty-first 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 presented its closing arguments. They largely focused on claims that PFC Manning leaked for notoriety and that he knew the information would reach al Qaeda. The defense will present its closing arguments tomorrow.
    • Nathan Fuller pointed out multiple contradictions in the prosecution's closing arguments, such as them saying PFC Manning both notoriety and anonymity, and regarding who he intended the information to reach.
    • The judge ruled not to dismiss the charges of theft against PFC Manning.
    • The judge allowed the prosecution to change their charge sheet to saying PFC Manning took portions of databases, rather than entire databases.
    • The prosecution described WikiLeaks as "information anarchists". WikiLeaks tweeted in response: "Name calling doesn't make a case. Yet another example of this administration conflating politics and the law."
    • Alexa O'Brien tweeted an unconfirmed rumor that WikiLeaks Grand Jury head Neil MacBride was in attendance at today's proceedings. 
    • Journalists at the trial today reported hostile conditions, including guards standing directly behind them as they typed, repeated physical searches, and being yelled at for having browsers open.
    • For further coverage, see Kevin Gosztola's live-blog and the Bradley Manning Support Network's write-up.
  • Washington Post did a profile on Denise Lind, the judge presiding over Bradley Manning's trial. Alexa O'Brien noted an important piece of information from the article: Judge Lind is moving to the court where PFC Manning's will appeal if found guilty.
  • Kevin Gosztola wrote on the unprecedented prosecution of Bradley Manning, comparing his case to others charged with "aiding the enemy" offenses.
  • Haitian journalists, students, professors and human rights advocates made a video showing their support for Bradley Manning.
  • The New York Times published a full-page "We Are Bradley Manning" ad.

WikiLeaks Party News:
  • The WikiLeaks Party had their official launch. They are running seven candidates for Senate: Julian Assange, Leslie Cannold, and Binoy Kampmark in Victoria; Kellie Tranter and Alison Broinowski in New South Wales; and Gerry Georgatos and Suresh Rajan in Western Australia.
    • The WikiLeaks Party website was hit with a denial of service attack shortly after its official launch and continues to be down (all links to website in this post are cached). Hacker "The Jester" took credit for the attack.
    • Julian Assange appeared on RN Drive to discuss the launch of the WikiLeaks Party. The New York Times also published an interview with him on the topic.
    • Alison Broinowski appeared on The Drum to discuss why she chose to run for Senate as a WikiLeaks Party candidate.
    • Courier Mail published profiles of the seven Senate candidates.
    • The official website has a section describing WikiLeaks Party policies on transparency, climate change, and asylum seekers.
    • The official slogan of the WikiLeaks Party is "keeping the bastards honest".