7 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 798 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 795  days. 
 - 233 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 990 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 341 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 875 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • An article in WikiLeaks Press analyses a cable which discusses the living conditions of Ethiopian Jews in Israel. 65% percent of Israeli households of Ethiopian origin rely on welfare, and they are challenged daily for not being "real" Jews. Ethiopian women are also injected with a birth control treatment, being told it is for preventing diseases.
  • The EU has lifted another sanction on an Iranian bank, referencing WikiLeaks documents which showed they were pressured by the U.S. to place the sanction. A similar story involving a separate bank happened roughly a week ago.
  • WikiLeaks documents show that the U.S. trained hundreds of police and military in Paraguay from 2005 to 2010, some of whom became military commanders under Federico Franco.
  • WikiLeaks put out a statement regarding the FBI interrogation of an 18 year-old who assisted WikiLeaks as a volunteer. WikiLeaks believes the FBI may have pressured the young man into cooperating with them. The individual is also accused of embezzling funds from WikiLeaks.
    • On a related note, the Icelandic Police have confirmed that WikiLeaks was not involved in a 2011 hacking of government computers.
  • Glenn Greenwald wrote on the self-censorship by the media of a U.S. drone base in Saudi Arabia. He relates this to WikiLeaks on multiple points, noting that censorship such as this is why organisations like WikiLeaks are so important.

Julian Assange News:
  • Glenn Greenwald put out a statement saying that Julian Assange "is fair game for criticism", but that there is nothing "brave" about criticizing "easily one of the most hated people by western governments and establishment media outlets". This is in response to people hailing Jemima Khan for her "courage" for her recent article about Mr Assange.
  • "Underground: The Julian Assange Story" is having theatrical showings across Australia during March and April.
  • Human rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson discussed the fate of Julian Assange, focusing on the Swedish case and his asylum.

Jeremy Hammond News:
  • On February 21, the judge in Jeremy Hammond's case will decide on a motion regarding her conflict of interest in the case, and whether she will step down from the case. Supporters of Mr Hammond are planning to pack the courtroom.