Showing posts with label Hearing - Bradley Manning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hearing - Bradley Manning. Show all posts

21 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 901 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 38 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 898 days. 
 - 336 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1093 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 444 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 978 days.


WikiLeaks News:

Julian Assange News:
  • Jacob Appelbaum spoke with Swedish FM Carl Bildt at the Stockholm Internet Forum and asked him about Julian Assange's situation and why the Swedish prosecution continues to refuse to question him in London.
  • A blog in London Review of Books discusses the recent SMS messages from GCHQ which describe the allegations against Julian Assange as a "fit-up". While the author does not believe the authenticity of the SMSes, he comments on other troubling aspects of Mr Assange's case, including Sweden's reluctance to question Mr Assange in London, the politicized court system, and Swedish public opinion.
  • Ecuadorian FM Ricardo Patiño tweeted that activities are being developed to mark one year since Julian Assange entered the Embassy (June 19).

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the last pretrial hearing in Bradley Manning's case. His trial begins June 3.

20 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 900 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 39 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 897 days. 
 - 335 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1092 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 443 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 977 days.


WikiLeaks News:

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning will be back in court starting tomorrow for his last pretrial hearings before his trial begins on June 3.

9 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 889 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 886 days. 
 - 324 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1081 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 432 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 966 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 15,052 Stratfor emails on Bulgaria.
  • Niti Central continues posting many revelations on India from WikiLeaks cables, including how Sonia Gandhi lobbied for an Indian-U.S. Nuclear Deal, and that the U.S. Ambassador to India stated that Rahul Gandhi is a lackluster leader .
  • WikiLeaks and Julian Assange are among those being honored at Global Exchange's Human Rights Award ceremony tonight. The event can be followed at hashtag #HRA2013.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange will be speaking via weblink at University of the Republic, Uruguay, on May 15 to discuss the Spanish publication of his book, "Cypherpunks".
  • Alternative Media Group published an article comparing Julian Assange to his father John Shipton, noting similarities between the two in their ideas about accountability and justice.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Freedom of the Press Foundation is crowd-funding a court stenographer for Bradley Manning's trial. They also awarded grants to Alexa O'Brien and Kevin Gosztola for their continuous reporting on Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearings.
  • Kevin Gosztola wrote about the ongoing SF Pride grand marshal controversy and how SF Pride is perpetuating a scandal by refusing to reinstate Bradley Manning as grand marshal.
  • Death and Taxes published an article about the immense secrecy in Bradley Manning's trial and how the U.S. Government is attempting to gain an unfair advantage in silencing PFC Manning's defense.
  • Chase Madar will be speaking at two Bradley Manning events in the UK: May 13 at the Frontline Club in London and May 14 at the Bristol Festival of Ideas.

7 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 887 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 884 days. 
 - 322 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1079 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 430 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 964 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 45,985 Stratfor emails on Ukraine.
  • Niti Central has a page dedicated to revelations about India from WikiLeaks cables researched by Sachin Dixit.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson will give the keynote presentation at the Fighting for Transparency conference held at the University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland on May 24.
  • The Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition will hold a fundraising trivia night for WikiLeaks, June 29 at the Gaelic Club in Surry Hills. The event will also be livestreamed and interactive online.

 WikiLeaks Party News:
  • The WikiLeaks Party published its first news update, which discusses fundraising, an update from campaign director Greg Barns, recent polling, volunteers, and frequently asked questions. 

Julian Assange News:
  • CBC Radio program As It Happens interviewed Chris Hedges about his recent visit with Julian Assange. Mr Hedges wrote a long article on WikiLeaks, Mr Assange, and Bradley Manning for Truthdig.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning had a short pretrial hearing today in which two rulings were given: one accepting the Government's request to have alleged Navy SEAL "John Doe" testify in a completely closed hearing, and the other allowing classified testimony of three others.
    • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote about the secret pretrial hearing to be held tomorrow and how it is a preview of the immense secrecy to come during his trial.
  • A few people have tweeted about receiving subpoenas to testify during Bradley Manning's trial, including Zinnia Jones and Col. Morris Davis. Ms Jones posted her subpoena (referred to Zachary Antolak in the document) which shows that PFC Manning's trial is expected to last 12 to 16 weeks and include over 150 witnesses.
  • Jesselyn Radack of the Government Accountability Project appeared on RT to discuss the unprecedented secrecy in Bradley Manning's trial.
  • Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood wore a photo of Bradley Manning at the Met Gala, but was cut-off by Vogue while explaining her support for the alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower.
  • Dale Cooper wrote an op-ed on the coming out of NBA player Jason Collins and the controversy over SF Pride rescinding Bradley Manning as grand marshal. He discusses his belief that PFC Manning's story should have received just as much media coverage as Mr Collins.
  • A letter from LGBT leaders supporting Bradley Manning as SF Pride grand marshal was published as a full-page ad in SF Bay Area Reporter.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network issued a news update covering the secrecy in Bradley Manning's trial, Julian Assange's interview with Medea Benjamin on Bradley Manning, and LGBT leaders supporting PFC Manning as SF Pride grand marshal.

6 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 886 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 883 days. 
 - 321 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1078 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 429 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 963 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks cables show that the U.S. Government was already aware of the coming military coup against Ecuadorian dictator Guillermo Rodríguez Lara before it occurred.
  • Ecuadorian newspaper El Telégrafo created a special page dedicated to the analysis of WikiLeaks' Kissinger Cables on the 1970s military dictatorship in Ecuador.
  • WikiLeaks cables contain statements from former Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali regarding religious extremism and Sharia Law, which newspaper Nawaat uses to compare with his public statements and policies.

Julian Assange News:
  • Chris Hedges authored an in-depth article on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning, based on an interview he did with Mr Assange. The article covers a wide range of topics and includes an interactive WikiLeaks timeline and audio excerpts of the interview.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning is back in court for pretrial hearings on May 7 and 8, the latter of which will be a closed session to deal with classified information and determine how much of PFC Manning's trial should be held in secret. AP reported on this upcoming hearing, saying that Government secrecy has reached a new level, as this type of closed hearing is unprecedented.


1 May 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 881 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 878 days. 
 - 316 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1073 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 424 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 958 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 9,769 Stratfor emails on Albania.
  • Huffington Post journalist Ryan J. Reilly posted an alert from Guantanamo Bay's newspaper which warns soldiers against visiting WikiLeaks, stating it is a violation of Department of Defense policy. 
  • Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled USAID from his country. WikiLeaks cables showed how USAID worked to divide social movements in Bolivia.
  • An article on Nicolas Maduro, the new president of Venezuela, looks at what WikiLeaks cables say about the U.S. agenda in Venezuela.

WikiLeaks Party News:
 
Bradley Manning News:
  • Alexa O'Brien published an overview of the Osama bin Laden evidence and the prosecution's move to close the court for 28 witnesses during Bradley Manning's court martial.

30 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 880 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 877 days. 
 - 315 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1072 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 423 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 957 days.


WikiLeaks News:
 
Bradley Manning News:
  • Controversy continues over SF Pride's decision to rescind Bradley Manning as grand marshal.
    • Over 200 people, including Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, protested in front of the SF Pride office against the rescindment
    • The Peter Tatchell Foundation issued a statement saying PFC Manning should be reinstated as grand marshal and that SF Pride is "siding with a military system that perpetrated war crimes and their cover up"
    • Barry Saiff and Joey Cain, both former grand marshals who voted for PFC Manning, discussed why they see PFC Manning as a hero and disagree with the revocation of him as grand marshal
  • The U.S. Government's press statement regarding media coverage at Bradley Manning's upcoming motion hearing has been posted on Pastebin.

18 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 868 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 865 days. 
 - 303 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1060 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 411 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 945 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • During the U.S. House of Representatives meeting on CISPA, Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) stated that, "... even independent groups like WikiLeaks are pursuing very aggressive measures to hack into our nation's power grid, our air traffic control systems, and individuals' personal financial records and other sort of records across the country," a completely unfounded claim.
  • A UK court has ruled that the UK Government is immune from cross-examination over a WikiLeaks cable which discusses the motives of the marine protected area imposed on the Chagos Islands. The cable can be read here.
  • Cables released by WikiLeaks have prompted calls for a new probe into the Bhopal disaster. Campaigner Satinath Sarangi stated that the cables "paint a picture of efforts towards evasion of responsibility, collusion by the US and India and negligence on the part of Union Carbide". 
  • Cables released by WikiLeaks detail the relationship between the U.S. and Italian politician Franco Marini, including working with him to block trade unions in Italy.
  • WikiLeaks recommended reading tweets from Sachin Dixit, who has been combing through WikiLeaks' Kissinger Cables to find revelations on India.
  • Journalism Professor Christian Christensen posted the script of his lecture which discusses failures in the mainstream media and the rise of WikiLeaks and Anonymous.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange appeared on Actualidad RT where he discussed UK and U.S. intervention in Bahrain (Spanish).
  • Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin tweeted that she visited Julian Assange in the Ecuadorian Embassy and will be posting a write-up of their meeting within a few days.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Emptywheel wrote on former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Stephen Seche, one of the Government witnesses who is scheduled to testify at Bradley Manning's trial. Ambassador Seche authored multiple cables on drone strikes in Yemen, including a "passage that suggests Anwar al-Awlaki was an intended target of the December 24, 2009 attack".

10 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 860 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 857 days. 
 - 295 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1052 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 403 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 937 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks' Kissinger Cables continue making headlines around the world.
    • Haiti: The U.S. resumed military aid to Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier, who is currently charged with crimes against humanity committed during his rule in the 70s and 80s
    • India: A panel on NDTV discussed the many revelations on the Rajiv Ghandi
    • India: The Gandhi brothers, Rajiv and Sanjay, competed to be the middleman for an Indian Air Force deal
    • India: Three attempts were made to assassinate Sanjay Gandhi
    • India: U.S. diplomats stated that corruption in India was a "fact of life
    • Israel: The U.S. blamed Israel for the peace delay in 1975
    • Saudi Arabia: Saudi King Faisal Bin Abdulaziz al-Saud was vehemently opposed to using oil as a weapon to deter the West from aiding the Zionist state
    • Sweden: FM Carl Bildt was exposed as a U.S. informer
    • U.S.: A cable contains a powerful statement against censorship from the Iroquois people involved in "Wounded Knee"
    • U.S.: Musicians including Bob Dylan were suggested as part of a U.S. Government plan to undermine communism in the Soviet Union
    • For dozens more revelations from the Kissinger Cables, check the Twitter accounts of WikiLeaks and WLPress, as well as the #PlusD hashtag.
  • WikiLeaks revelations about the presence of U.S. nuclear arms in Belgium have caused the Belgium Greens to call for the removal of said arms.
  • A WikiLeaks cables shows that Iraq warned the UN Security Council of "fabricated evidence" shortly before Colin Powell's speech on WMDs.
  • Journalism++ open sourced their code used for the WikiLeaks PlusD map and graph.
  • WikiLeaks tweeted that they are creating a PlusD video tutorial. You can tweet what you would like to see included in the tutorial using hashtag #PlusDtutorial.

Julian Assange News:
  • Oliver Stone tweeted about his recent meeting with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy, urging for support of him and WikiLeaks, and criticizing two WikiLeaks films coming out this year: "We Steal Secrets" and "The Fifth Estate".
  • Director Robert Connolly, actor Alex Williams, and WACA co-founder Sam Castro were interviewed at the Byron Bay screening of "Underground: The Julian Assange Story", along with some of the attendees.
  • ABC Radio host Steve Austin stated that he quit the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance due to their embrace of Julian Assange, including awarding him with a Walkley Award for journalism in 2011.

Bradley Manning News:
  • WikiLeaks called for an economic boycott of both Human Rights Watch and Amnesty until they label Bradley Manning as a political prisoner.
  • Bradley Manning was back in court today for another pretrial hearing. Here are some major developments:
    • Journalists attending PFC Manning's hearing were given physical copies of the two rulings made today, which is unprecedented in this largely secret court martial. Kevin Gosztola wrote on whether this is a sign of greater transparency in PFC Manning's trial, but noted what journalists do get access to is likely to be "selective and arbitrary".
    • On the opposite side, people attending PFC Manning's hearing are no longer allowed to have cell phones, due to the leaked audio of PFC Manning's testimony released by the Freedom of the Press Foundation. A military spokesman commented, "This media operation center is a privilege, not a requirement. Privileges can be taken away".
    • Judge Lind denied a defense motion to preclude evidence that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda received copies of material published by WikiLeaks.
    • The U.S. Government must prove that PFC Manning intended to aid the enemy in order to pursue the "aiding the enemy" charge.
    • A member of the team that killed Osama bin Laden, known as "John Doe", will testify that he removed digital data containing cables leaking by WikiLeaks from bin Laden's compound. He will be allowed to testify during a closed session, in a disguise, and from an undisclosed location.

Jeremy Hammond News: 
  • Jeremy Hammond was back in court today for a brief status hearing and was allowed 10 minutes to speak with his mother and brother. The courtroom was full of supporters. His next hearing is scheduled for April 30.

2 March 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 821 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 818  days. 
 - 256 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1013 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 364 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 898 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • The Australian DFAT released a series of documents which contain "all cable traffic from the Australian Embassy to the [U.S], Washington DC, to the [DFAT] in Canberra, sent between 28 August 2012 and 20 December 2012 inclusive" relating to WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

Julian Assange News:
  • The Pirate Bay co-founded Anakata send a short video from prison thanking his supporters. He also held up a sign calling for the freedom of Julian Assange. Twitter user x7o posted the photo alongside a recent photo of Mr Assange holding a "Free Anakata" sign, stating "this is what solidarity looks like".
  • John Pilger responded to Alex Gibney's (director of "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks") article in the New Statesman, saying Mr Gibney's piece was "an absurd rant" with "serious falsehoods", and that Julian Assange's refusal to appear in his film was a "wise decision" [see bottom of article].

Bradley Manning News:
  • Coverage of Bradley Manning's recent pretrial hearings continues.
    • The Bradley Manning Support Network published a collection of their favourite reports on PFC Manning's plea statement made Thursday.
    • Author Simon Wood wrote on how the media and U.S. Government are the true betrayers in PFC Manning's case.
    • Nathan Fuller commented on how the Government plans to use evidence from the Osama bin Laden raid to back up the "aiding the enemy" charge against PFC Manning, despite the raid happening two months after PFC Manning was charged. 
    • In an interview with RT, M15 whistleblower Annie Machon stated that PFC Manning is "the purest form of whistleblower".
    • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote on MSNBC's failure to cover PFC Manning's statement or guilty plea.
  • Truthdig named Bradley Manning as their "Truthdigger of the Week" after his statement made Thursday.
  • Amnesty International explained why they have not named PFC Manning as a Prisoner of Conscience, stating they are uncertain where he meets two criteria: having released information in a "responsible manner", and being punished by the Government in order to prevent public knowledge of human rights abuses.

1 March 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 820 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 817  days. 
 - 255 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1012 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 363 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 897 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Revolución published an in-depth interview with WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, in which he discusses the current status of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning. The video is in English with Spanish subtitles.
  • Norwegian Journalist Eirik Vold interviewed Julian Assange about his life leading up to WikiLeaks, major WikiLeaks releases, their philosophy, the attacks they have faced, and plans for the future.
  • In a new document from EPIC Privacy's ongoing FOIA requests for information on the WikiLeaks investigation, the Department of Justice stated that the secret court documents in the case are "entirely appropriate".
  • WikiLeaks cables revealed that singers Beyonce, Usher, and Mariah Carey received $1 million each for performing at former Libyan dictator Gaddafi's family party. Because of the revelation, they all donated the money to charities.
  • The Rolling Stone published an article entitled, "The New Political Prisoners: Leakers, Hackers and Activists", which mentions alleged WikiLeaks sources Bradley Manning and Jeremy Hammond, as well as others who are facing prosecution for similar acts.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the last day in Bradley Manning's most recent pretrial hearings.
    • Alexa O'Brien posted full transcript of PFC Manning's statement from yesterday, where he admitted to leaking documents to WikiLeaks and described how and why he did so.
    • Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network posted a summary from today's trial, including how the Government is attempting to block PFC Manning's defense from interviewing a classified witness.
    • The prosecution is still planning to call all 141 of its witnesses, despite PFC Manning's pleaing guilty to 10 of the 22 charges.
    • Multiple articles have come out comments on PFC Manning's statement that he attempted to go to Washington Post and The New York Times before sending the documents to WikiLeaks. Journalist Matt Ingram wrote how this showed the need for WikiLeaks, Washington Post's Eric Wemple looked into how to get a news tip to The New York Times, and The Nation's Greg Mitchell asked, "What would happen if they had responded?"
    • The Telegraph's Raf Sanchez analysed PFC Manning's decision to be tried by judge rather than jury.
    • Fairfax's Philip Dorling wrote on the entwined fates of PFC Manning and Julian Assange.
    • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner appeared on both The Real News and Democracy Now! to discuss PFC Manning's plea and how it affects WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.
    • AP reported how PFC Manning's admission to leaking the documents has energized his supporters.
  • The Young Turks looked at the threats which Bob Woodward received in relation to his publication of classified information, and compared it to what Bradley Manning has faced, including unlawful pretrial punishment and potential life imprisonment.

28 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 819 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 816  days. 
 - 254 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1011 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 362 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 896 days.

WikiLeaks News:

Julian Assange News:
  • Tom Flanagan, former adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, was fired from CBC after his comments that viewing child pornography caused no harm. In 2010, Mr Flanagan came under fire for his comment that Julian Assange should be assassinated with a drone.
  • Vivienne Westwood stated she was "sad and puzzled" at Jemima Khan's recent criticisms of Julian Assange, saying that "misapplied feminism is holding Julian in legal limbo" and that he faces a serious threat from the U.S.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today, Bradley Manning read his prepared plea during a hearing. He plead guilty to 10 of 22 lesser charges he faces, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years. His plea was accepted by the judge, but he has not been found guilty. The full trial will happen in June, where the Government will try the 'greater offenses', including "aiding the enemy", which PFC Manning did not plea guilty to. Kevin Gosztola explained that it can be assumed PFC Manning will receive a prison sentence, but the trial will determine how long it will be for: between 20 and life.
    • PFC Manning plead guilty to releasing "Collateral Murder", some Iraq and Afghan War Logs, and Cablegate. He plead not guilty to releasing the Granai massacre video and to stealing the GAL (global address list; contains names, emails, phone numbers of military members). 
    • PFC Manning explained his reasoning behind releasing the information was to "spark a debate" on U.S. foreign policy, and that Americans had a right to know the "true costs of war".
    • PFC Manning described in detail how he was "troubled" after seeing the "Collateral Murder" video. He commented on the helicopter crew's "lack of concern for human life" and their "bloodlust".
    • PFC Manning said he attempted to contact Washington Post and The New York Times before going to WikiLeaks, but they showed no interest. He also attempted to reach POLITICO, but could not due to weather issues.
    • PFC Manning stated that WikiLeaks did not pressure him into leaking information; it was a decision he made on his own. He also stated that someone in the IRC WikiLeaks public channel directed him to the online submission system.
    • PFC Manning stated that he had used information released by WikiLeaks in one of his intel reports. He learned about WikiLeaks through Google News and an open source search after the 9/11 pager messages were released.
    • Julian Assange made a brief statement on the matter to Channel4 News, calling PFC Manning "America's foremost political prisoner".
  • Glenn Greenwald wrote an article on Bradley Manning's heroism, in light of his guilty plea to releasing information to WikiLeaks.

27 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 818 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 815  days. 
 - 253 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1010 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 361 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 895 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 10,889 emails from Stratfor on Zimbabwe. 
  • A cable released by WikiLeaks shows that the Tamils in Sri Lanka and the Tamil Diaspora are split over war crimes accountability
  • Ibero Puebla posted photos and videos from their 30th Anniversary event, at which WikiLeaks staffers Kristinn Hrafnsson and Joseph Farrell spoke.
  • SAWC published a media release detailing their involvement in Sydney Mardi Gras on March 2, where they will have a float recognizing Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. 

Julian Assange News:
  • WACA posted information of who will be the special guests during the screenings of "Underground: The Julian Assange Story" throughout March and April.
  • WikiLeaks legal adviser Jennifer Robinson was interviewed about Julian Assange's asylum, the Swedish case, and the attacks directed at him, specifically those from Jemima Khan and Alex Gibney.
  • Alex Gibney wrote an article in New Statesman in response to John Pilger's criticism of his film, "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks".
  • Swedish Foreign Minsiter Carl Bildt discussed Julian Assange's case on ABC News, saying he has not sought assurances against his U.S. extradition, and that he has nothing to do with the case.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning's pretrial hearings continued today.
    • PFC Manning's lawyer David Coombs argued against the Government's plan to present evidence that Osama bin Laden had cables released by WikiLeaks, saying direct receipt of the documents is irrelavent.
    • The U.S. Government plans to call 141 witnesses during PFC Manning's trial, with 4 testimonies conducted in full secrecy, and 33 in partial secrecy. 15 witnesses are expected to testify on the alleged harm WikiLeaks' releases caused to U.S. national interests.
    • WikiLeaks commented on yesterday's information of PFC Manning's plea, expected to be given tomorrow: "Manning has given a 35 page statement to military court. Contains a 'confession' against an alleged Assange. It is interesting to note the USG's panic over the 'confession'. Does it open up the proceedings against Assange to too much light?"
    • Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network published a summary of today's proceedings.
  • For the first time, the U.S. Government has released documents from Bradley Manning's case: 84 judicial orders and rulings. The released documents only make up a small portion of the 30,000 pages of case documents, and it is unknown if further material will be released in a timely fashion.

26 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 817 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 814  days. 
 - 252 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1009 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 360 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 894 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 4,835 emails from Stratfor on Malta.
  • According to emails released by WikiLeaks, Stratfor accurately predicted that Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy would appoint Luis de Guindos as a minister and enforce brutal budget cuts.
  • New diplomatic cables received by Fairfax Media show that the Australian Embassy in Washington highlighted references to "ongoing US investigations into WikiLeaks/WikiLeak supporters". The Embassy has also been sending officers to report on Bradley Manning's pretrial hearings.
  • WikiLeaks tweeted that, to date, they had received over $80,000 in Bitcoin donations. Late last year, they stated they would need $1M to continue through 2013.
  • The Official WikiLeaks Store released new 'Free Assange' and 'Mendax' T-shirt designs. Currently, the coupon  code WLFIVE can be used to take $5 off orders over $30.
  • WikiLeaks posted a series of questions regarding WikiLeaks and Julian Assange which are directed at Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, as he arrived in Australia today to meet with diplomats.


 Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning was back at Fort Meade for another series of pretrial hearings.
    • Judge Lind ruled that PFC Manning's right to a speedy trial had not been violated. She explained that all but six days worth of delays has been justified.
    • The Guardian's Ed Pilkington noted it took two hours of very quick reading for Judge Lind to get through the ruling, yet not a single word has been made publicly available.
    • On Thursday, PFC Manning will read from a statement in which he will discuss his understanding of committing lesser offenses and explain why he decided to provide information to WikiLeaks.
    • The U.S. Government is believed to be preparing to call a U.S. Navy seal involved in the Osama bin Laden raid to testify about cables published by WikiLeaks being found in his compound.
    • Judge Lind stated that investigation WikiLeaks has required an "almost unfathomable amount of coordination and manpower". 
    • Further coverage of today's hearing can be read in Kevin Gosztola's live-blog. An overview of this week's hearings has also been published by Alexa O'Brien.
  • Peter Van Buren, who lost his security clearance after linking to a WikiLeaks cables, wrote an article on Bradley Manning's 1000 days imprisoned without trial, noting that PFC Manning worked just down the hall from him at Forward Operating Base Hammer in Iraq.
  • The Verge released an article marking Bradley Manning's 1000 days imprisoned without trial, discussing the culture of secrecy and overclassification abundant in the U.S. Government.

15 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 806 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 803  days. 
 - 241 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 998 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 349 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 883 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released nearly 700,000 new Stratfor emails about Latin America. They also announced their new advance search interface to assist people in searching through the emails.
  • WikiLeaks tweeted that they have secured the keys and data for BalkanLeaks' insurance file, and that they will publish it if BalkanLeaks is unable to. BalkanLeaks uploaded its insurance file after threats made to its journalists.
  • CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou is headed to prison soon for a 30 month sentence. People can be added to his website's mailing list by emailing kiriakoudefense@gmail.com.
  • Brave New Foundation released the official trailer for their upcoming film "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and The National Security State".

Julian Assange News:
  • ORBooks is offering a free PDF of the "Cypherpunks" introduction and the previously unpublished introduction to the Brazilian version. People can receive it by sending a blank email to cypherpunks@orbooks.com. They also released a short video of Julian Assange discussing the topics covered in the book, including the internet and surveillance.
  • The cost of the 24/7 police presence at the Ecuadorian Embassy has reached nearly £3 million. An Ecuadorian Embassy spokesman stated that the cost to taxpayers could be avoided were Julian Assange to receive assurances against his extradition to the U.S. WikiLeaks further tweeted that the known legal and security costs have been paid solely by Mr Assange and UK taxpayers, with the U.S. and Sweden paying nothing.
  • In an interview with The New Zealand Herald, WikiLeaks legal adviser Jennifer Robinson discussed her belief that Julian Assange is misunderstood. She mentions his concern for his staff and his bravery, in comparison to the media smears of his character.
  • In an interview with Voice of Russia, Sam Castro of the WikiLeaks Australian Citizen's Alliance discussed Julian Assange's upcoming Senate run and the platform of the WikiLeaks Party.
  • The Nation published an article on Yoko Ono's upcoming 80th birthday, discussing her work in art, music, and activism, including her recent presentation of the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award to Julian Assange.
  • New documentary "Free Speech Fear Free" is currently seeking funding via Indiegogo. The film features interviews with Julian Assange, Jude Law, and others.
  • Blogger Nozomi Hayase wrote on the recent smear attacks against Julian Assange.

Bradley Manning News:
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network posted a reminder of the international action in protest of Bradley Manning's 1000th day in pretrial detention on February 23. The post also describes PFC Manning's upcoming February 26-March 1 hearing, in which a ruling on the defense's speedy trial motion is expected. 

24 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 784 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 781  days. 
 - 219 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 976 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 327 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 861 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Christopher Weatherhead, known as "Nerdo", has been sentenced to 18 months in prison for his role in the DDoS protests against VISA, MasterCard, and PayPal for their refusal to process donations to WikiLeaks. Two others involved, Ashley Rhodes and Peter Gibson, received sentences of seven and six months respectively, while a fourth defendant, Jake Birchall, will be sentenced at a later date.
  • WikiLeaks sent out a tweet describing the script of DreamWorks' upcoming film "The Fifth Estate":
    1. Iran months from nuke
    2. Nuke put in Shabab missiles
    3. WikiLeaks caused US source to flee Iran 
    •  This tweet came shortly after Julian Assange described the film as a "massive propaganda attack" during a speech at the Oxford Union. He stated that he had acquired a copy of the script.
    • Bill Condon, director of "The Fifth Estate" said that his film won't "attempt any final judgment", and noted that "it may be decades before we understand the full impact of WikiLeaks".
    • Benedict Cumberbatch, who is playing the part of Julian Assange, stated that he is trying to meet Mr Assange. Mr Cumberbatch believes Mr Assange has "made the most extraordinary contributions to human history by treating the Internet as a democracy". 
  • The Daily Beast interviewed Alex Gibney about his new documentary "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks". Mr Gibney discusses why he decided to make the film, as well as his opinions of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning. The film has received criticism from WikiLeaks legal adviser Jennifer Robinson for leaving out important information.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange was interviewed on BBC Radio 5 where he discussed the Swedish case, future WikiLeaks releases, and the upcoming DreamWorks' film "The Fifth Estate".

Bradley Manning News:

Jeremy Hammond News:
  • The U.S. Government has presented their argument against the motion by Jeremy Hammond's defense to disqualify Judge Preska from his case.

20 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 780 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 777  days. 
 - 215 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 972 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 323 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 857 days.

WikiLeaks News:

Julian Assange News:
  • The Oxford Tab published a letter from the WikiLeaks Australian Citizens' Alliance which is a response to the planned protests against Julian Assange's upcoming January 23 speech at the Oxford Union. It discusses the U.S. persecution of Mr Assange and issues with the conduct of prosecutors in the Swedish investigation. A factsheet is also available to be handed out at the event.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Bradley Manning's new court schedule is as follows (via the Bradley Manning Support Network):
    • 26 February – 1 March, 2013: Accused plea and anticipated speedy trial ruling.
    • 21 May – 24 May, 2013: How to deal with classified information during trial (either substituting or redacting documents or closing portions of the trial to the press and public).
    • 3 June, 2013: Tentative trial start date; trial expected to last about six weeks.
  • Dr. Paul Craig Roberts wrote on the "institutionalization of tyranny" in the U.S., with mention of Bradley Manning's treatment and the government's ruling which banned reports showing WikiLeaks did not harm national security from being used as evidence.

18 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 778 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 775  days. 
 - 213 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 970 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 321 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 855 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • During an interview with The Guardian, MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom stated the following:
    • "I think Julian Assange's fear, that the Swedish government is co-operating with the US government and that there might be an attempt to extradite him from Sweden, is very real. So I sympathise with him. I see also similarities and abuses that are happening in the case against WikiLeaks that were happening to us."
  • WACA published two letters from Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam sent to Foreign Minsiter Bob Carr on 28 November 2012 and 14 January 2013. The first letter outlines the criminal investigation into WikiLeaks, while the second discusses statements from Swedish government officials against Julian Assange.
  • The FBI refuses to release its WikiLeaks file under the Freedom of Information Act due to a "pending or prospective law enforcement proceeding" related to the records.
  • Dr. Paul Farmer, UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser for Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, discussed how WikiLeaks cables proved that the U.S. had mounted a full-scale assault on the minimum wage increase in Haiti.
  • The official WikiLeaks store has released a new Wild West-style "Don't Shoot the Messenger" design for t-shirts and sweatshirts. All proceeds go to WikiLeaks.
  • SAWC, the Sydney-based Support Assange and WikiLeaks Coalition, has a new website offering information and upcoming events.
  • WikiLeaks states the following on its Supporters page: "The "WikiLeaks Forum" is not run or endorsed by WikiLeaks and has no connection to WikiLeaks whatsoever." This statement comes shortly after the forum's decision to remove its board on the Syria Files.
  • Dutch actress Carice van Houten has joined the cast of DreamWorks' WikiLeaks movie, which began filming today in Reykjavik, Iceland. She will be playing the part of Birgitta Jonsdottir.

Julian Assange News:
  • WikiLeaks announced that Julian Assange will be awarded the Yoko Ono Lennon Courage Award, February 3 in New York. It will be accepted on his behalf by WikiLeaks lawyers Michael Ratner and Baltasar Garzon.
  • CNN posted a timeline of "Julian Assange Fast Facts". The article is mostly factual, but falsely states "charges" as opposed to "allegations", and falsely describes the two Swedish complainants as "WikiLeaks volunteers".

Bradley Manning News:
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network wrote on how newspapers such as The New York Times and the LA Times have come out criticising the "aiding the enemy" charge against Bradley Manning.
  • An article at Emptywheel analyses the possibility that activist Aaron Swartz, who committed suicide last week, was being treated harshly by the Department of Justice due to his Freedom of Information Act request regarding Bradley Manning's treatment in confinement.
  • PBS's Aran Ruth, who has been attending Bradley Manning's pretrial hearings, was interviewed about what has gone on in the courtroom.

17 January 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 777 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 774  days. 
 - 212 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 969 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 320 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 854 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Journalist Glenn Greenwald tweeted the following: "For all the claims about how the WikiLeaks cables showed nothing new, key media reports sure do cite them often." He included a link to a New York Times article on Mali from today which cites a WikiLeaks cable on U.S. military bases in Africa.
  • DreamWorks' WikiLeaks film is beginning filming tomorrow in downtown Reykjavik, Iceland.
  • Government Accountability Project has an ongoing American Whistleblower Tour, which includes speakers such as Daniel Ellsberg, Thomas Drake, and Jesselyn Radack.

Julian Assange News:
  • Swiss art group Bitnik sent a parcel to Julian Assange, which contained a camera sending live updates every 10 seconds. Mr Assange received the package today and proceeded to hold up a series of notecards calling for freedom and justice for multiple activists and thanking Ecuador and his supporters. Photos from the parcel's entire journey can be seen at Bitnik's Twitter feed or website. An animated GIF (edit: link fixed) has also been created, which contains all the photos from the Ecuadorian Embassy, but not of the parcel's journey.
  • UK Foreign Secretary William Hague appeared on ABC's 7.30 while visiting Australia. He discussed Julian Assange's situation, saying that the UK had an obligation to extradite him, but made no mention of his asylum granted by Ecuador.

Bradley Manning News: