21 August 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 989 days. 
 - 429 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1183 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 535 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1068 days.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison. He will be credited with 1,294 days from pretrial confinement plus 112 for unlawful treatment. He reduced to E-1 rank, forced to forfeit all pay and benefits, and dishonorably discharged. His sentence will be automatically sent to the Army Court of Criminal Appeals, can go in front of a clemency board in three years, and will be eligible for parole after one-third of his sentence is served.
  • During a press conference held after the sentencing, Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs read a statement from Pfc. Manning about how he acted out of love for his country and was willing to pay a price for a free society.
  • A campaign to pardon Bradley Manning has been launched. It includes a joint petition with Amnesty International and a photo campaign.
  • Organizations including Amnesty International, Freedom of the Press Foundation, ACLU, and The Center for Constitutional Rights released statements condemning the sentence given to Bradley Manning. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s special representative for human rights also condemned the sentence.
  • Julian Assange released a statement on the sentencing verdict, calling the minimum 5.2 year sentence "a significant tactical victory for Bradley Manning’s defense, campaign team and supporters".
  • Alexa O'Brien, who has covered Bradley Manning's trial extensively, wrote on the sentencing verdict, including an interview with Pfc. Manning's attorney David Coombs.
  • An article in The Huffington Post describes eight "real spies and actual bad guys" who received lesser sentences than Bradley Manning.
  • Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project and retired Col. Morris Davis discussed Bradley Manning's sentence on RT.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 4,835 Stratfor emails on Mauritania, including 23 sensitive emails.
  • An article in The Washington Post discusses the punishments for whistleblowers who use the "proper channels", using the case of Defense Department whistleblower Gina Gray. The article criticizes President Obama for saying Edward Snowden should have used these channels.

WikiLeaks Party News: 
  • The WikiLeaks Party issued a statement announcing independent review of its lodging of its preferences.
  • Seven members of the WikiLeaks Party issued resignation statements. This includes Victoria candidate Leslie Cannold, National Council member Dan Mathews, and five others.