19 August 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 987 days. 
 - 427 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1181 days.  
- 36 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 533 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1066 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 3,659 Stratfor emails on Mozambique.
  • WikiLeaks further commented on the detainment of Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda at the Heathrow Airport: "The detainment of Greenwald's partner is similar to the detainment of many Assange associates in fishing attempts for FBI prosecution. Then leads to the suspicion that the UK was assissting an investigation against Greenwald, Poitras, Harrison, Assange or Snowden."
    • Julian Assange commented further on the matter in a BBC interview, noting that WikiLeaks staffer Sarah Harrison, who has been accompanying Edward Snowden, is now in self-exile.

Julian Assange News: 
  • Ecuadorian FM Ricardo Patiño said that the UK was making a "serious mistake" by denying safe passage to Julian Assange and stated that a 15-page document was given to them showing why their treatment of Mr Assange is illegal.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the thirty-sixth day of Bradley Manning's trial. The judge is now deliberating on the sentencing verdict. Transcripts of all hearings are available through the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 
    • During closing arugments, the Government called for Pfc. Manning to get 60 years in prison, while the defense asked for a sentence that "allows him to have a life". Col. Morris Davis tweeted that if given a 60 year sentence, Pfc. Manning would probably serve 15 years, with confinement credits and parole eligibility.
    • David Coombs said he expects the sentencing verdict on Wednesday or Thursday. Mr Coombs will be answering press questions after the verdict.
    • The judge will not detail years per charge. She will only give the full sentence.
    • Pfc. Manning has chosen David Coombs to handle his post-trial appellate rights
  • Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) stated he "doesn't have a lot of sympathy" for Bradley Manning. This is contrary to his father Ron Paul's views, who sees Pfc. Manning as a whistleblower and has criticized his treatment while imprisoned.

WikiLeaks Party News: 
  • Victoria candidate Julian Assange was on RTR FM radio discussing WikiLeaks Party preferences, among other things. The excerpt of his comments on preferences can be heard here.
  • Greens Senator Scott Ludlam said he was "extremely disappointed" in the WikiLeaks Party's preferences in Western Australia, but does not regret speaking out for Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and Edward Snowden.