25 May 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1265 days. 
 - 705 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1455 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 811 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1558 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • The Afghan Government has expressed anger over the recent WikiLeaks revelation that the NSA is recording nearly all of Afghan's phone conversations. The Afghan Government stated that the surveillance activities are "an obvious violation of agreements" and "a violation of the national sovereignty of Afghanistan, and a violation of the human rights guaranteed to all Afghans". Afghan officials were instructed to halt the operations and convey a strong protest to US officials. Soon after, Afghan President Hamid Karzai rejected an invitation to meet with President Barack Obama. It is unclear whether the NSA surveillance affected this decision. (See also: Afghan Government statement on NSA spying [Dari])
  • WikiLeaks sent out a series of tweets about their beliefs regarding NSA surveillance, reform, and responses:
    • We believe: That there is vastly less likelyhood of meaningful NSA 'reform' than there is of unilateral US nuclear weapons disarmament.
    • We believe: Mass surveillance is called 'strategic' surveillance in spy agencies for a reason. Its primary purpose is strategic dominance.
    • We believe: Those expecting a powerful secret agency dealing with complex, invisible technology to exercise self restraint are deluded.
    • We believe: Censoring the truth (e.g docs about Afg, Iraq, Russia) to generate positive stateside PR benefits is naive and immoral.
    • We believe: The NSA will always corrupt reform efforts, as it did with FISA and other forms of oversight.
    • We believe: Fostering defense against mass spying by exposing NSA programs is effective. States, organisations and markets react.
    • We believe: People install locks once they know how theives get in because professional theives will never follow the law.
    • We believe: That the response by the government of Afghanistan has been the most effective 'reform' to date. A real reform almost destroyed.
    • We believe: The capacity to defend against criminal conduct needs to be in the hands of the victims. Asking criminals to be nice is hopeless