2 August 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 970 days. 
 - 410 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1164 days.  
- 26 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 516 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1049 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • During a U.S. Senate debate over the definition of "journalist", multiple Senators, including Dianne Feinstein, (D-CA) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), attempted to exclude WikiLeaks from journalistic protections.
  • AP published a profile on Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks staffer who has remained with Edward Snowden since his departure from Hong Kong.
  • Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman wrote on the risks taken by Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden to expose crimes.
  • Investigative journalist Tony Gosling discussed how Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, and Edward Snowden are victims of "a morally bankrupt system".
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson discussed how the war for transparency will be won by whistleblowers.
  • The Official WikiLeaks Store has new items related to Edward Snowden and Julian Assange's Senate bid. All proceeds go to WikiLeaks.
  • DreamWorks is preparing for a battle with WikiLeaks over their upcoming film, "The Fifth Estate".

Julian Assange News: 
  • In an interview with Fairfax, Julian Assange discussed the effect of the internet on society and his upcoming Senate run.
  • Julian Assange will be interviewed on 60 Minutes Australia, 8:00PM on August 4.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the twenty-sixth 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 Government is attempting to blame PFC Manning for speculative harm from leaks, rather than actual harm.  
    • Kevin Gosztola writes how the Government refuses to be open about specific impact from Bradley Manning's disclosures.
    • State Department's Michael Kozak, chief of the WikiLeaks Persons at Risk working group, testified that the WikiLeaks disclosures caused a "chilling effect" on people willing to speak with U.S. diplomats.
    • Former State Department official Susan Swart testified that the U.S. Government had to tighten its intelligence systems after Bradley Manning's disclosures.
  • Over 1,300 people have volunteered to serve part of Bradley Manning's sentence.
  • The New York Times has a series of short articles in their "Room for Debate" section on what effect the verdict will have. 
  • Iraq Body Count issued a statement on the verdict, commenting on how the focus is on a victimless crime, rather than the actual victims revealed in WikiLeaks documents.
  • Crikey's Bernard Keane wrote on why the U.S. mainstream media's indifference towards Bradley Manning does not halt his impact.
  • In an interview last month, Noam Chomsky stated that Bradley Manning "should be regarded as a hero".
  • Australian journalist Antony Loewenstein wrote on why Bradley Manning is the "ultimate prisoner of conscience".

WikiLeaks Party News:
  • PM Kevin Rudd decided he will seek approval for the Australian election to take place September 7.
  • Julian Assange will be answering viewers' questions in the Fairfax Media Election Hangout, August 7 at 12.30pm. 
  • Julian Assange will be interviewed about his Senate run on Meet the Press, 10:30AM on August 4.