16 July 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1317 days. 
 - 757 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1511 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 863 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1610 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WhoWhatWhy journalist Douglas Lucas analysed Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks as part of a report on Mexican military helicopters crossing into the US. The article states that the US is taking a counterinsurgency approach to the border drug war.
  • A bill presented to Australian parliament by Attorney General George Brandis contains a new offence which would result in the imprisonment of journalists for 5-10 years for publishing sensitive documents. Barrister Greg Barns commented, "It’s an unprecedented clause which would capture the likes of WikiLeaks, the Guardian, the New York Times, and any other media organisation that reports on such material."

Julian Assange News:
  • A judge upheld the arrest warrant against Julian Assange after a hearing at the Stockholm district court. The Swedish court press release announcing the verdict can be read here.
    • Assange's lawyers announced they would be appealing the decision.
    • Rick Falkvinge live-blogged the hearing, offering detailed accounts of the prosecution and defense arguments.
    • Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño issued a short statement via Twitter in response to the ruling: "The Government of Ecuador will not forget its commitment to protect Julian Assange human rights until he reaches a safe place. Ecuador wants to cooperate with Swedish Justice: conduct an interrogation at the London Embassy or via videoconference, no more delays! Two years, too long: it's about time to bring Julian Assange case to a prompt conclusion and respect his human rights." He gave further statements during a press conference in Brazil.
    • Julian Assange released a statement in response to calls by Attorney General George Brandis that he should be "man enough" to go to Sweden.
    • Attorney and journalist Eva Golinger spoke on the decision and the political persecution of Julian Assange.
    • Stockholm University journalism professor Christian Christensen wrote his thoughts on what the decision means to other issues involving WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.