08/22/12

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 629 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 625 days. 
 – 65 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 822 days.  
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 708 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • TrapWire, the massive surveillance network detailed in WikiLeaks’ GI Files, has been tied to Tartan, an anti-Occupy internet-spying program.
  • The U.S. State Department has told India that it must respect internet freedom, yet argues that WikiLeaks does not fall into the “internet freedom” discussion.

Julian Assange News:

  • Glenn Greenwald wrote about the “bizarre, unhealthy, blinding media contempt” for Julian Assange, partially in response to David Allen Green’s purported “myths” about Mr Assange’s case.
  • Reuters sources from the Obama Administration stated that the U.S. has issued no criminal charges against Julian Assange. However, their statements do not rule out the possibility of a sealed indictment, and they also show the possibility of charges being pressed in the future.
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa spoke on Julian Assange’s case today, saying “we do not negotiate human rights” and reiterating that they did not grant him asylum to interfere with Sweden’s investigation, but because there was no guarantee against extradition to a third country. He further stated the Mr Assange is willing to be tried in Sweden, if given assurances against U.S. extradition.
  • Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino appeared on RT and stated that Ecuador would consider going to the Hague over Julian Assange’s case.
    • FM Patino stated that there have been rumors about the Embassy having already been stormed and Julian Assange being dead, and asks that people don’t believe or spread them.
    • FM Patino announced he received a phone call from Jean-Luc Mélenchon, leader of French Left Party, who said he supports Julian Assange’s asylum.
  • Ecuadorian Vice President Lenin Moreno will meet with Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy on August 28.
  • A jurist stated that there are “no legal obstacles” for Sweden to grant assurance that Julian Assange will not be extradited to the U.S., despite Sweden’s Foreign Minister Carl Bildt saying otherwise.
  • Analysts have said that Julian Assange does not meet the profile under the Law on Diplomatic and Consular Local 1987 which would allow the UK to storm the Embassy. 
  • Just Foreign Policy started a petition to The New York Times asking them to answer four questions about Julian Assange’s case and the possibility of U.S. extradition.
  • A form letter is available for U.S. citizens to send to their state representatives asking that reassurances be sought against the extradition of Julian Assange to the U.S. 
  • The chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation wrote about why his organisation awarded Julian Assange the gold medal for “unusual courage in pursuit of human rights”.
  • Julian Burnside and Suelette Dreyfus discussed how the Australian Government needs to rethink its position on Julian Assange. Former federal leader of the Liberal Party Dr John Hewson also wrote about how the Australian Government is best to broker an agreement between all parties in the matter.

Bradley Manning News:


Categories: Asylum (JA), Baltasar Garzón, Daily Posts, GI Files, Glenn Greenwald, India, Kevin Gosztola, New York Times, Petition, Quantico, Rafael Correa, Rocky Anderson, TrapWire