29 July 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 966 days. 
 - 406 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1160 days.  
- 22 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 512 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1045 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner appeared on Democracy Now! to discuss recent comments from the U.S. Government regarding NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
  • Journalism professor Christian Christensen discusses how WikiLeaks and Anonymous helped fill a void created by the failure of the mainstream press. 
  • An article at Firedoglake discusses how the WikiLeaks model is vindicated by the Obama Administration's war on the press.
  • Journalist Jonathan Cook reviewed Alex Gibney's documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks", focusing on its character assassination of Julian Assange.
  • An article in Washington Post discusses the difficulties in people's lives after blowing the whistle, focusing on the cases of Thomas Drake, Sibel Edmonds, Richard Barlow, and Jesselyn Radack.
  • A recent ruling in the pending case of former State Department contractor Stephen Kim has eased the burden of prosecutors in leak cases and lessened the protection for those accused of leaking.

Bradley Manning News:
  • The verdict in Bradley Manning's court martial will be announced Tuesday, July 30 at 1PM EST at Fort Meade. Alexa O'Brien published a breakdown on the imminent verdict.
    • If PFC Manning is convicted, there is an automatic appeal to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. Next would be Court of Appeals of Armed Forces. PFC Manning's attorney David Coombs believes the case could go to the Supreme Court, should PFC Manning be convicted of "aiding the enemy".
    • The judge could write out whether she thinks WikiLeaks is a legitimate journalistic organization in "special findings". 
    • During the sentencing phase, the defense plans to call 24 witnesses, the prosecution 21. this phase is expected to last through August.
    • Julian Assange and his lawyer Barry Pollack appeared on CNN's The Lead to discuss PFC Manning's upcoming verdict, as well as the situation of Edward Snowden.
    • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner and journalist Alexa O'Brien discussed PFC Manning's upcoming verdict on Democracy Now!
    • WikiLeaks Truck driver Clark Stoeckley and political commentator David Sirota appeared on Now with Alex Wagner to discuss the upcoming verdict.
    • Ironically, a resolution has been introduced to make July 30 "National Whistleblower Day". July 30, 1778 was the date of the first U.S. whistleblower legislation.
  • Seventeen European Parliament members have written an open letter calling on President Obama to free Bradley Manning.
  • Independent journalist Alexa O'Brien, Courthouse News' Adam Klasfeld, and Daily Beast's Eli Lake discussed the charges against Bradley Manning and who benefits from his prosecution.
  • An article in Truthout discusses the major effects the verdict in Bradley Manning's trial could have on journalism.
  • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola published a note to those who have been following his coverage of Bradley Manning's case.

WikiLeaks Party News:
  • WikiLeaks Party candidate for Victoria Leslie Cannold wrote on op-ed on why she is running for Senate alongside Julian Assange, commenting on the Swedish allegations and the threat of U.S. prosecution facing Mr Assange.