08/19/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 625 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 622 days. 
 - 62 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 819 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 705 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Congress candidate David Seaman was on Sunrise 7 discussing TrapWire, a surveillance network detailed in WikiLeaks' GI Files.
  • WikiLeaks released new GI Files on CIA informants, U.S. and Mexico brokering deals with drug cartels, Hilary Clinton, and more.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange gave a statement today from the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy. He thanked his many supporters, called for the U.S. to end its witch-hunt against WikiLeaks, and called for the release of Bradley Manning. It was his first public appearance in months. Full video and transcript of his statement are available.
  • More organisations have condemned the UK's threats to storm the Ecuadorian Embassy:
  • UK Foreign Minister William Hague ignored at least one lawyer who advised against sending the threat to Ecuador about storming their Embassy in London and arresting Julian Assange.
  • A large police presence around the Ecuadorian Embassy continues, and they have now began checking IDs of all who enter and leave the building. The police refused to state which commanding officer gave the order.
  • Christine Assange, speaking to ABC 24, stated she is confident that her son will get to Ecuador.
  • 3AW radio host taunted Julian Assange's mother with calls of "Sieg Heil!" after she refused to participate in an interview with him after the treatment of the previous guest. 3AW's website was soon covered in 'Free Julian' images, which stayed up for a few hours.
  • An analysis in USBlog discusses how Swedish due process and international law have not been followed in Julian Assange's case.