1 August 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 969 days. 
 - 409 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1163 days.  
- 25 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 515 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1048 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks issued a press release announcing Edward Snowden's successful acquisition of temporary asylum in Russia. Mr Snowden was accompanied by WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison during his entire 39-day stay in Sheremetyevo Airport and continues to do so. Mr Snowden thanked the Russian Federation for his asylum. Julian Assange criticized the Obama Administration's war on whistleblowers stating, "This battle has been won, but the war continues".
    • In response to Edward Snowden's asylum, White House spokesman Jay Carney stated that the U.S. was "extremely disappointed that the Russian government would take this step". 
  • During Bradley Manning's trial, information was revealed regarding the Information Release Task Force created in response to WikiLeaks' releases. It ran for 10 months (24/7 during August/September 2010), was staffed with 125 people, and cost $6.2 million.
  • An article in Mint Press News uses WikiLeaks' GI Files to analyze the relationship between Stratfor and Mongoven, Biscoe & Duchin. 
  • A WikiLeaks cable claiming President Mugabe has prostate cancer was referenced in a CNN article on why Zimbabwe's elections matter.
  • WikiLeaks cables were referenced in an article on the current state of Egypt.

Julian Assange News: 
  • In an interview with VICE, Julian Assange discussed his plans to run for Senate and the verdict in Bradley Manning's trial.
  • Julian Assange's book "Cypherpunks" was mentioned by Mexican Congress in a resolution regarding PRISM.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the twenty-fifth day of Bradley Manning's trial. It is currently in the sentencing phase, which may last until the end of August. Transcripts of all hearings are available through the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 
    • The defense proposed merging together some of the charges PFC Manning was convicted of, saying the prosecution unreasonably multiplied the charges.
    • State Department's John Feeley testified (partially in closed session) regarding the impact of WikiLeaks releases on U.S. relations with Latin America.
    • State Department's Elizabeth Dibble testified (partially in closed session) regarding the U.S. Government's reaction to WikiLeaks' release of Cablegate.
  • Daniel Ellsberg was on ABC7 News discussing the verdict in Bradley Manning's trial.
  • Filmmaker Oliver Stone sent out a series of tweets regarding Bradley Manning's verdict:
    • "Manning's sentence should have been "time served" - while plenty of war criminals rest in obscurity. How low we've come! Manning's immoral "acquittal" means decades in prison for the maverick. Like Galileo or Mandela who spoke the truth and shamed the devil. Worse still, the liberal establishment touting this as an "acquittal from the death penalty" convicts them of their own barbaric hypocrisy. Our tyrannical empire celebrates a "triumph of law," while Empress Clinton is anointed by the money forces as our next president. How can our country turn itself around and face the light?"
  • The Colbert Report discussed Bradley Manning's sentencing, bringing attention to his torturous pretrial treatment and how he aided the American public.