03/08/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 461 days.
Julian Assange has been under house arrest without charge for 458 days.  
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 655 days.  


WikiLeaks News:
  • The Daily Mail issued a correction 10 months after falsely claiming WikiLeaks hacked into security services and published information which got people killed.
  • WikiLeaks tweeted that in the UK alone they have over 80 press complaints lodged with the Press Complaints Commission. They also commented, "The age of smearing WikiLeaks without suffering the corresponding legal or reputational hit is over."
  • The Levenson Inquiry has asked WikiLeaks for a submission on corruption in the UK press and that they have submitted over 100 pages.
  • For the third day, WikiLeaks has called for a full front-page retraction or resignation of Thomas Mattsson, after his articles claiming WikiLeaks was planning a smear campaign against Sweden. Today Expressen translated and published an article by Bill Keller from late February which attacks WikiLeaks and Assange. Kristinn Hrafnsson and Thomas Mattsson were on Swedish Radio (albeit not at the same time) discussing the conflict between WikiLeaks and Expressen.
  • Alexa O'Brien has created a fully-sourced timeline of US vs. Manning, Assange, WikiLeaks, and the Press, from 2006 to present.
  • A transcript of a WikiLeaks seminar held in Houston, TX in January is now available. Speakers included Geoffrey Robertson QC and Eric Schmitt, as well as a panel which discussed the possibility of Julian Assange being charged in the U.S. 
  • Heather Marsh has decided to no longer act as editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks Central.
  • Kevin Gosztola has written an update on coverage of WikiLeaks, Bradley Manning, and the LulzSec hackers.
  • The SWSX Film Festival in Texas is screening "WikiLeaks: Secrets and Lies" tomorrow (falsely dubbed "award-winning" in this article). See WikiLeaks press statement on the film, or an analysis of the film's smears.


G.I. Files Coverage:
  • Bernard Keane has written an article looking at what role the FBI may have played in Anonymous transferring Stratfor emails to WikiLeaks.
  • An email from Stratfor shows corrupt Venezuelan officials are stifling local production in favor of imports.
  • The release of the Stratfor emails have caused the resignation of Emre from TUSIAD.
  • An article compares the work of Stratfor and WikiLeaks but, while WikiLeaks provides information to the public for free, Stratfor provides information to its subscribers for a fee.
  • WikiLeaks released a series of Stratfor emails concerning Comrade J, one of the most famous spies.


Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange was on ABC Radio discussing his upcoming Supreme Court verdict. Audio and transcript of the interview are available.
  • An extradition law expert says that Julian Assange could not be extradited to the U.S. from Ireland.
  • Last week, Australian Government passed a bill to ‘streamline the extradition process and cut delays.’
  • Demonstrations are planned for DFATs and Australian Embassies across the world in the case that Julian Assange loses his appeal. Specific information for the demonstration in Brisbane is available.
  • Julian Assange has written the foreword to "American Radical: The Life and Times of I.F. Stone" and, judging by a tweet from WikiLeaks, may be attending a discussion on the book March 14.


Bradley Manning News:
  • Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks discussed the UN Rapporteur on Torture's condemnation of Bradley Manning's torture and called for Bradley's freedom.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network is having a call-in to top Pentagon attorney Jeh Johnson, asking him to let UN officials meet with Bradley.
  • Russia urges the U.S. to respect the human rights of Bradley Manning.
  • NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake says Obama is worse than Bush. He also says what Bradley did took incredible courage and that he "ended up listening to his conscience."