18 June 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1289 days. 
 - 729 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1479 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 835 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1582 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • In an interview with CNN, Julian Assange stated that tomorrow WikiLeaks will release new documents relating to the international negotiations of fifty countries. Assange also discussed his current status as he marks two years in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
  • The International Press Institute called on the US Department of Justice to close its investigation into WikiLeaks stating, "Criminal prosecution of WikiLeaks or Assange potentially chills not only the fundamental press freedom rights of journalists and their sources, but the right of all Americans to share and receive information – a fundamental prerequisite for democracy."
  • An op-ed by human rights lawyer Carey Shenkman compares the Obama Administration's attacks against WikiLeaks, whistleblowers, and the press to those under the Roosevelt and Nixon administations.

Julian Assange News:
  • On June 24, Julian Assange's lawyers will file a request to Stockholm District Court for the removal of the extradition request and the detention without charge.
  • Julian Assange conducted a telephone press conference today in light of tomorrow marking two years since he entered the Ecuadorian Embassy:
    • Macleans posted five audio clips from the conference, including Assange calling on US Attorney General Eric Holder to drop the investigation into WikiLeaks.
    • Assange stated that the UK closed their working group with Ecuador created to find a resolution to his situation following WikiLeaks' assistance in getting Edward Snowden asylum.
  • Julian Assange and Ecuadorian FM Ricardo Patiño will give a press conference tomorrow at 10:00am Ecuador time.
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa condemned the "imperial arrogance" in the Assange case saying, "They are playing with his rights".
  • Le Grand Journal released the English version of their interview with Julian Assange from last week. 
  • Philosopher Slavoj Žižek authored an article marking two years since Julian Assange entered the Ecuadorian Embassy and the importance of WikiLeaks revelations.
  • Musician René Pérez from Calle 13 spoke about Julian Assange in an interview: "There are people who see him as something bad, like he is the worst thing that ever happened... To me, Julian is a really open minded guy, always willing, a good person."