23 April 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1599 days. 
 – 1039 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1793 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1145 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 954 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1891 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks has released an encrypted chat system which can be used to securely contact WikiLeaks staff. It is also available as a .onion (using Tor).
  • Revelations from The Sony Archives continue:
    • Sony executives were concerned over a news report that showed its cameras being used to guide Israeli rockets bombing Gaza
    • Daniel Craig of the James Bond movies was secretly paid $5 million for holding a Sony phone in a film
    • Sony executives ordered employees to edit Wikipedia pages, including adding praise of the Sony CEO’s leadership
    • Sony TV is considering 6-8 hour series on Russian leader Vladimir Putin
  • An article in NYTimes cites WikiLeaks cables while discussing how cash flowed to the Clinton Foundation amid Russian uranium deal.

Chelsea Manning News:

  • Video is available of journalist Alexa O’Brien speaking about Chelsea Manning at the International Festival of Journalism in Perugia, Italy.

21 April 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1597 days. 
 – 1037 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1791 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1143 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 952 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1889 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • MPAA chief Chris Dodd criticized WikiLeaks’ publication of The Sony Archives and stated that the US Government was in the best position to go after the website. He also praised Sony officials ‘for being “highly responsive” in communicating with the proper authorities’, according to Variety.
  • PBS is conducting an internal review after WikiLeaks revealed that the program “Finding Your Roots” accepted a request by Ben Affleck to hide his slave-owning ancestor. Affleck also commented that he was “embarrassed” about his ancestry, which is why he asked it to not be revealed.
  • Sony emails reveal that the Sony CEO had an “intimate dinner” with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Chelsea Manning News:

20 April 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1596 days. 
 – 1036 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1790 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1142 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 951 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1888 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Revelations from WikiLeaks’ Sony Archives continue including:
    • Sony changed the Snowden film press release to remove “illegal spying” from the description of NSA’s activities
    • Sony cameras are used as a part of the guidance system for Israeli rockets bombing Gaza
    • Sony Chiefs met with David Cameron ahead of the Scottish referendum
    • Corrupt product placement practices used in Dr. Oz show
    • …and much more. An index of Sony Archives revelations is available.

Julian Assange News:

  • Newsweek published an article by Julian Assange which details how The Guardian has used Edward Snowden and his story for their own gains, with focus on Luke Harding’s book “The Snowden Files”.
  • Indian director, producer, screenwriter Mahesh Bhatt named Julian Assange as the living person he most admired.
  • Video is available of the “Terminal F” Snowden documentary Q&A session with Julian Assange

18 April 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1594 days. 
 – 1034 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1788 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1140 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 949 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1886 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Coverage continues of the searchable Sony Archive released by WikiLeaks.
    • Sony pirated multiple books about hacking, while aggressively campaigning against piracy.
    • Emails reveal concerns in the US over the secrecy of the TPP talks.
    • The leaks included a draft of the international VOD and DHE agreement between SONY and Google.
    • Sony received nearly $48 million in tax breaks in 2011 and 2012 after donating to New York Governor Cuomo.
    • Ben Affleck demanded PBS program “Finding Your Roots” hide his slave-owning ancestor.
    • Leonardo DiCaprio flew a private jet from New York to Los Angeles six times in six weeks.

Julian Assange News:

  • Julian Assange joined Australian journalists, academics, politicians, trade unionists and solidarity activists in calling on President Obama to revoke his executive order against Venezuela.
  • Ecuador Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino welcomed the latest progress in the Assange case, but said the long delays were shameful.

17 April 2015

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1593 days. 
 – 1033 days inside the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1787 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 1139 days.
Barrett Brown
has been in prison for 948 days.
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1885 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Coverage continues of the searchable Sony Archive released by WikiLeaks.
    • The MPAA thinks that fair use is ‘extremely controversial‘, despite supporting it in public postings.
    • CreativeFuture, a powerful Hollywood lobby group, has been working with Graham Burke, one of Australia’s most outspoken voices against online piracy.
    • The US State Department recruited Hollywood to boost “anti-Russian messaging“.
    • Sony Attorney David Boies sent out a notice to media organisations warning them against disseminating the emails and documents.
    • Former NSA Director General Keith Alexander condemned WikiLeaks’ release of the material as “just wrong”.
  • Human rights lawyer Carey Shenkman noted how attorneys and professors said the first amendment protected the original Sony leak in 2014, but WikiLeaks’ republication of the material has been attacked as illegal.

Julian Assange News:

  • In response to Julian Assange confirming his continued willingness to be questioned in London, the Swedish Prosecutor’s Office issued a statement saying they will “ask Assange for clarifications” and if it is clear there will be no obstacles to the investigation “will submit a request for legal assistance to the British authorities to further continue the investigation”.
  • Julian Assange’s lawyer Michael Ratner condemned judges for their decision to boycott a legal conference Assange spoke at saying “Judges would be expected to uphold the right of free expression, not call for censorship”. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell also called the judges’ move an “overreaction” and that “just because there are allegations against [Assange], that does not mean he forfeits his right to free speech”.