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11 May 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1251 days. 
 - 691 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1441 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 797 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1544 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson, Naomi Klein, Noam Chomsky, and many others signed a letter in solidarity with the EZLN (Zapatista Army of National Liberation).

Chelsea Manning News:
  • US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel stated that he is open to review of the US military policy banning transgender individuals from serving. This may assist Chelsea Manning, as she is fighting for gender dysphoria treatment while in prison.
  • The Pvt. Manning Family Fund posted a report on recent support events for Chelsea Manning in Ireland, which included members of Manning's Welsh-Irish family.

11 April 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1220 days. 
 - 660 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1414 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 766 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1513 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • In the premiere episode of Showtime's documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously", a WikiLeaks cable is reference which suggested that a severe drought in Syria would lead to civil war.
  • A new ruling in Spanish courts says that P2P programs are neutral tools and therefore not liable for copyright infringement. A few years ago, US diplomats had pressured Spain to be more strict on copyright law, with WikiLeaks cables showing that the US entertainment industry basically wrote a copyright law and urged Spain to pass it.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson was interviewed by Voice of Russia about media accuracy, NATO, Ukraine, and fascism in Europe.
  • Kristinn Hrafnsson will speak at the HowTheLightGetsIn festival in Wales on May 24. He will participate in the "The Open Society and Its Enemies" debate with former GCHQ director David Omand and "Tea, Cake, and Philosophy" with Observer's John Naughton.

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange spoke today at the University of Pisa on surveillance, Edward Snowden, Russia, and future revelations.

24 February 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1174 days. 
 - 614 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1368 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 720 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1467 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • An article in Buzzfeed looks at a claim from Andrew O'Hagan that someone from Al Jazeera was offering WikiLeaks $1.3 million for access to the Cablegate data in early 2011. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson stated, "The meetings you are referring to where an exploration into creating a series of news programs for Al-Jazeera as part of Cablegate. I believe we discussed 10 half-hour programs... This did not materialize and I believe it would be a fair description to say we never entered into formal negotiations."

Julian Assange News:
  • Thomas Olsson and Per E Samuelsson, Swedish lawyers for Julian Assange, responded to a recent op-ed in SvD by Claes Borgström, lawyer for one of the complainants in the Swedish case. Olsson and Samuelsson criticized Borgström's piece for containing factual errors and stated that, "Claes Borgström seems to suggest that the best thing is to do nothing", referring to the unwillingness to question Assange in London.
  • Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Ricardo Patiño stated that the UK had failed to fulfill its commitment to creating a commission to resolve the situation of Julian Assange.

Chelsea Manning News:
  • Andy Worthington, who has written extensively on Guantanamo, often sourcing WikiLeaks material, wrote on the recent Sam Adams Award ceremony held for Chelsea Manning. 

Jeremy Hammond News:
  • Jeremy Hammond wrote a message of solidarity with survivors of the Bhopal disaster. Stratfor emails revealed how Dow Chemical had hired Stratfor to spy on Bhopal activists.

13 January 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1133 days. 
 - 573 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1327 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 679 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1210 days.


WikiLeaks News: 
  • WikiLeaks cables show the French Government's complicity regarding Guantanamo Bay.
  • WikiLeaks cables give a look as to what former Israeli Prime Ariel Sharon was planning beyond Gaza disengagement.
  • Privacy International submitted evidence, which includes WikiLeaks' Spy Files, to the UK Committees on Arms Export Controls (CAEC) to push for regulation of surveillance companies.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson stated there was no truth to claims by Öryggisvarða School founder Stefan Stefansson that the school has projects and connections to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange News:
  • SvD hosted an online debate on whether or not the Swedish case against Julian Assange should be dropped. Out of 54 comments (note: the discussion was pre-moderated), 24 agreed that the case should be dropped, 13 said that Sweden should either question Mr Assange in London or assure him against US extradtion, and 17 said the case should not be dropped.
  • Professor Ferrada de Noli is publishing a new book which analyses the Swedish case against Julian Assange.

6 January 2014

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1126 days. 
 - 566 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1320 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 672 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1203 days.


WikiLeaks News: 
  • Rolling Stone published an article on Sigurdur "Siggi" Thordarson, an FBI informant against WikiLeaks. Mr Thordarson makes numerous claims throughout the article regarding the WikiLeaks organisation and Julian Assange. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson has previously referred to Mr Thordarson as a pathological liar.

WikiLeaks Party News:
  • WikiLeaks Party chairman John Shipton was interviewed on ABC Radio about his visit to Syria and meeting with Bashar al-Assad. He defended the visit saying, "Australia has no mission there, no ambassador. We were on a fact-finding mission, had a few questions to ask and meet a lot of people to see what the actual situation is in Syria."  He condemned attacks on civilians by both Assad and the opposition.

9 December 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1098 days. 
 - 538 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1292 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 644 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1176 days.


WikiLeaks News:

29 November 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1088 days. 
 - 528 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1282 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison for 634 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1166 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released a statement in regards to the extradition of Pirate Bay co-founder and WikiLeaks consultant Gottfrid Svartholm Warg to Denmark from Sweden. WikiLeaks writes, "It is time someone says it like it is: Gottfrid Svartholm Warg is a political prisoner and Sweden has fallen off the map of decent nations in its treatment of him."
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson will be at the Italian premiere of  "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks" at Festival dei Popoli. The film has been thoroughly criticized by WikiLeaks for its "factual errors and speculation".
  • An op-ed in Digital Journal discusses why the US Department of Justice's treatment of WikiLeaks should matter to everyone.

Julian Assange News:
  • Citizen spokesmen of the M5S (Five Star Movement) met with Julian Assange at the Ecuadorian Embassy. Beppe Grillo, who launched the movement, writes, "We decided to meet with him because we share the battles for transparency of information, free flow of information, and freedom of the press."

Chelsea Manning News:

7 November 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1066 days. 
 - 506 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1260 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 612 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1144 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 3,792 emails from the Dominican Republic, including 23 sensitive emails.
  • WikiLeaks cables show that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam stored weapons at hospitals.
  • During a high court hearing on the detention of Glenn Greenwald's partner David Miranda, a lawyer for the Metropolitan Police stated that the police wanted to know how the encrypted material Mr Miranda was carrying was arranged, over concern that it would be published in a WikiLeaks-esque style.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson and legal adviser Jennifer Robinson will be on a discussion panel after a screening of "Dirty Wars" at the Doc House in London, 8 November.

8 October 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1037 days. 
 - 477 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1231 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 583 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1116 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 21,166 Stratfor emails on Hong Kong, including 524 sensitive emails and 37 very sensitive emails.
  • Julian Assange and Kristinn Hrafnsson will be speaking at Universidad Iberoamericana Puebla in Mexico, 10 October.
  • Noisebridge will be hosting a panel discussion on facts and fiction in DreamWorks' WikiLeaks film "The Fifth Estate". The event will be held on October 11 in San Fransisco.
  • An article in Crikey discusses the continuing growth of Palantir Technologies, a company which was part of a multi-million dollar plan to destroy WikiLeaks, and which has was revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden to have a large role in the US surveillance state.
  • A poll in The Guardian asks readers to vote who they would like to see be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden are both listed as contenders.
  • The Official WikiLeaks Store is having a sale: $10 off orders of $50 or more using coupon code TREAT2013. The coupon is valid until October 15. All proceeds go to WikiLeaks.

Julian Assange News:
  • In an interview with GamaTV, Ecuador FM Ricardo Patino stated that they may turn to the International Court of Justice to resolve Julian Assange's situation, who has been in the Embassy for nearly 500 days.

4 October 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1033 days. 
 - 473 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1227 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 579 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1112 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Today marked the seventh anniversary of WikiLeaks. WISE Up Action published a summary of WikiLeaks releases and news over the past year. Supporters also held a vigil in front of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to mark the anniversary.
  • New Statesman published a review of DreamWorks' WikiLeaks film "The Fifth Estate" calling it "craven and cartoonish".  
    • New York Times also published an article on the film which included quotes from both Julian Assange and WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson. Mr Assange called the film "a reactionary snoozefest that only the U.S. government could love", and Mr Hrafnsson stated, "I don’t recognize the Julian in these films, nor the fundamental essence of what we are doing".

Julian Assange News:
  • Julian Assange was interviewed on W Radio about surveillance in Latin America and the US investigation into WikiLeaks. 

5 September 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1004 days. 
 - 444 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1198 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 550 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1083 days.

WikiLeaks News:


Julian Assange News:
  • Ron Paul's interview with Julian Assange is now available to watch on Youtube. 
  • In an interview with Independent Australia, Julian Assange discussed his possibility of leaving the Ecuadorian Embassy in the first half of 2014, due to the UK's scrapping of the European Arrest Warrant.
  • Julian Assange discussed Edward Snowden and Hong Kong in an interview with South China Morning Post.
  • Australian FM Bob Carr has been accused of interfering in Julian Assange's case, as FOI documents show that Australian diplomats stopped reporting on Chelsea Manning's trial after FM Carr said Mr Assange's case "doesn't affect Australian interests". Previously, Australian diplomats had been attending the trial and highlighting numerous references to Julian Assange.


WikiLeaks Party News:
  • Victoria candidate Julian Assange discussed the WikiLeaks Party's role as "insurers of the people" in an interview with Alternative Media Group.

2 September 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 1001 days. 
 - 441 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Chelsea Manning has been in prison for 1195 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 547 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1080 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks announced they are launching a criminal investigation ahead of President Obama's visit to Sweden. The investigation relates to the seizure of WikiLeaks' property on 27 September 2010, including evidence of the Garani Massacre. An affidavit from Julian Assange has been released in both PDF and HTML format. There is also a longer PDF version which includes the appendixes.
  • Documents released by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden shows that U.S. intelligence agencies spend millions to hunt for "insider threats". The emphasis on said threats was in response to WikiLeaks' 2010 disclosures.
  • Bahnhof is auctioning off a server once used by WikiLeaks, claiming it was used for Cablegate. The profits will go to Reporters Without Borders and the Fifth of July Foundation. WikiLeaks responded:
    • "Sweden's Bahnhof was not used for WikiLeaks Cablegate. It was used for the Iraq War logs, along with PRQ and providers in other countries. Bahnhof did not seek permission to auction the WikiLeaks server or to use it for marketing purposes, or to send the proceeds to others. We support RSF. We do not support Bahnhof exploiting the privacy and goodname of their clients for marketing purposes. Bahnhof falsely claims that the server being auctioned was 'WikiLeaks primary web server'. It was not."

Julian Assange News:
  • September 2nd marked Julian Assange's 1000th day detained without charge. He has spent 550 days under house arrest, 10 days in solitary confinement at Wandsworth Prison, and 440 days in the Ecuadorian Embassy.
    • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson appeared on RT to discuss Mr Assange's 1000 days and how it's part of the ongoing war on journalists and whistleblowers.

WikiLeaks Party News:
  • Victoria candidate Julian Assange appeared on The Feed where he discussed his Senate run, Chelsea Manning, and Syria.

12 August 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 980 days. 
 - 420 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1174 days.  
- 32 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 526 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1059 days.

WikiLeaks News:

Julian Assange News:
  • Voting has closed for Our Say's "Ask Assange". The five winning questions can be viewed here. Julian Assange will answer the questions in a live Google hangout, August 16 at 7:30PM AEST.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the thirty-second day of Bradley Manning's trial. It is currently in the sentencing phase, which may last until the end of August. Transcripts of all hearings are available through the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 
    • The defense began its sentencing arguments today, calling seven witnesses whose testimony focused on PFC Manning's behavior.
    • The judge addressed yesterday's leak of a 16-second video filmed of the court martial. Because it was filmed in the overflow trailer, additional security measures were imposed there.
  • Today a 103,000+ strong petition calling for Bradley Manning to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize was delivered to the Nobel Institute. Norman Solomon, who delivered the petition, commented, "The Nobel Peace Prize at this point needs Bradley Manning more than Bradley Manning needs the Nobel Peace Prize because there is no question of the firm commitment of Bradley Manning to human rights and peace".
  • On the 68th anniversary of the Nuremberg Charter, Real News Network discussed Bradley Manning and refusing to collaborate with war crimes.

WikiLeaks Party News:
  • In an interview with ABC Radio, NSW candidate Kellie Tranter discussed the WikiLeaks Party's plans for accountability.
  • The WikiLeaks Party released an online toolkit to help spread the word and fundraise. 

30 July 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 967 days. 
 - 407 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1161 days.  
- 23 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 513 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1046 days.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today the verdict in Bradley Manning's trial was announced. He was convicted on 20 of 22 charges, six of which were espionage. He was not convicted of "aiding the enemy". PFC Manning faces a maximum sentence of 136 years. The sentencing phase begins tomorrow.
  • Tons of people have commented on the verdict in Bradley Manning's court martial. Here are some major statements:
  • Cornel West and Chris Hedges will speak on Bradley Manning at the Friends Meeting of Washington D.C., August 4 at 3PM.

WikiLeaks News:
  • Garry Davis, a man who renounced his American citizenship and declared himself a citizen of the world, died at age 91. He had "world passports" delivered to both Julian Assange and Edward Snowden.

23 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 934 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 5 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 932 days. 
 - 370 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1126 days.  
- 8 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 477 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1011 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks announced that they are assisting NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's exit from Hong Kong and eventual destination of Ecuador, where he has applied for asylum. After his departure, the Government of Hong Kong issued a statement saying he left the country lawfully, that the U.S. provisional arrest warrant against Mr Snowden "did not fully comply with the legal requirements under Hong Kong law", and that they are requesting clarification regarding U.S. hacking of Hong Kong computer systems.
    • WikiLeaks published a profile of Sarah Harrison, the WikiLeaks staffer who is accompanying Mr Snowden on his travels.
    • In an interview with Fairfax, Julian Assange urged the Government of Ecuador to accept Mr Snowden's asylum application and that WikiLeaks "absolutely supports his decision to blow the whistle".
    • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson was interviewed on BBC and ABC News Breakfast about their assistance to Mr Snowden. He was also interviewed on Voice of Russia before the announcement of WikiLeaks' role in Mr Snowden's asylum bid.
    • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner appeared on Democracy Now! where he discussed Mr Snowden's entitlement to seek political asylum.
  • During an appearance on ABC, NSA Director General Keith Alexander said that he has "no opinion on WikiLeaks" and that he "doesn't really track them".

Julian Assange News:
  • Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa reiterated his support for Julian Assange and said he will remain in the Embassy as long as necessary.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood dedicated a show to Bradley Manning, designing a shirt and badge featuring PFC Manning and the word "TRUTH". 
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network published a list of five reasons why people should attend PFC Manning's ongoing trial.

12 June 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 923 days.
 - Direct blockade currently on hold - will resume in 16 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 920 days. 
 - 358 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison for 1115 days.  
- 6 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 466 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1000 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said his organization is prepared to help PRISM whistleblower Edward Snowden get to Iceland.
  • Nabeel Qureshi wrote on the similarities of the smears against PRISM whitlsblower Edward Snowden to those used against Julian Assange and Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg.

Bradley Manning News:
  • Today was the fifth day of Bradley Manning's trial. It is expected to last until late August. Court is in recess until Monday, June 17. Transcripts of all hearings are being released through the Freedom of the Press Foundation.
    • Alexa O'Brien wrote on how the U.S. Government's case , which includes 2 of 22 charges against PFC Manning, is bombing in court.
    • A forensic expert confirmed that that he found no connection between PFC Manning and Jason Katz, whose computer contained a video of the Farah massacre.
    • CWO5 Jon LaRue, an Apache helicopter specialist, said in a statement that the Collateral Murder video reveal digital display information about the helicopter's airspeed and angles of engagement, which he says is information that could be used by the enemy.
    • PFC Manning's defense won an objection after prosecutors could not produce evidence of a computer security agreement signed by PFC Manning.
    • A computer forensics expert testified that, in an email, PFC Manning had approved edits made to the Collateral Murder video "without reviewing the video". PFC Manning's wording is vague, but this could be used by the prosecution to seek conspiracy charges against Julian Assange.
    • The prosecution presented evidence claiming it showed PFC Manning gave sensitive information to WikiLeaks, "including code words and the name at least one enemy target".
    • HuffPost's Matt Slege and Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola appeared on HuffPost Live to discuss today's hearing.
    • More coverage: Kevin Gosztola's live-blog, Alexa O'Brien's tweets, Nathan Fuller's report

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.

8 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 858 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 855 days. 
 - 293 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1050 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 401 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 935 days.


WikiLeaks News - PlusD:
  • Today WikiLeaks launched the Public Library of US Diplomacy, or PlusD, "the world's largest searchable collection of United States confidential, or formerly confidential, diplomatic communications". It includes the "Kissinger Cables", 1.7M U.S. Diplomatic Records from 1973-1976, as well as the 250K documents from Cablegate, comprising a total of 2M records and 1B words. PlusD includes multiple search features such as a detailed text and tag search, as well as the ability to make timegraphs. WikiLeaks is currently working with 18 media partners in 16 countries and have already made dozens of headlines (as it is impossible to keep up with the rate of PlusD news, this is by no means a complete list of articles published so far):
    • Australia: Foreign Minister Bob Carr and ACTU president Bob Hawke were sources for US Diplomats in the 1970s seeking information on the Whitlam government and the broader Labor movement
    • Brazil: The U.S. continued to fund the Brazilian dictatorship, despite being aware of its torturous practices (for more reports on Brazil, see Publica's webpage dedicated to PlusD)
    • Cyprus/Turkey/Greece: Henry Kissinger was involved in two 1970s coups, pushing for the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and allowed arms to be moved to Ankara
    • Egypt: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamists within universities were used to strike and break the leftist forces and Nasiriyah
    • Egypt/Syria/Israel: Cables show the change in U.S. diplomacy toward Arabs, shedding light on the Yom Kippur War
    • India: Former Prime Minister of Rajiv Gandhi was a middleman for Swedish company Saab-Scania in looking to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India
      • This story has caused a major stir in India, with the BJP calling on the Congress to "come clean" about the cables
    • India: Socialist labour leader George Fernandes sought to get funding from the CIA and the French government while underground organising sabotage activities
    • India: The New York Times posted five great insights on India from the release, including information on the political motivations behind India's first nuclear test
    • Ireland: The U.S. was concerned that Ireland could become "one of the more difficult" members of the European Community
    • Italy: There was a secret agreement between the U.S. and Fr. Luigi Giussani to stop the advance of the Communist Party in Italy
    • Spain: King Juan Carlos was the confidant of the U.S. when he ascended to the throne (for more reports on King Carlos, see Público's webpage dedicated to PlusD)
    • UK: A cable discusses first impressions toward Former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, seeing her as "an effective and forceful parliamentary performer" and "frighteningly English"
    • Vatican/Chile: The Vatican once dismissed reports of massacres by Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet as “Communist propaganda”
  • For further revelations from PlusD and the Kissinger Cables, follow WikiLeaks, WLPress, and the #plusd hashtag on Twitter.
  • A press conference was held at the National Press Club in Washington DC announcing the release of PlusD. WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson led the conference, with Julian Assange Skyping in from the Ecuadorian Embassy. Video of the conference is available, as well as video of the Q&A.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson was interviewed on Democracy Now! about the new release.
  • Investigative journalist Tony Gosling was interviewed on RT about the significance of the release, calling it "extremely useful" as the Kissinger Cables were "almost impossible" to search through beforehand.

WikiLeaks News - Other:
  • An article in The Conversation discusses how WikiLeaks has changed investigative journalism, commenting that, "stories of tax fraud [Offshore Leaks] would not be in print without the WikiLeaks model showing what was possible".
  • Green Left published the third and final part in their series on WikiLeaks revelations over the impact of the NIE assessment on the US war drive against Iran.
  • WikiLeaks cables show that the U.S. saw a "dollop of complacency"in Ireland's efforts to pursue alleged terrorists.

Julian Assange News:
  • Professor Ferrada de Noli wrote on how Swedish Supreme Court Justice Stefan Lindskog's visit to Australia to discuss Julian Assange's case increased doubts regarding the Swedish legal system.

4 April 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 854 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 851 days. 
 - 289 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1046 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 397 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 931 days.


WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks announced that its spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson successfully entered the U.S. for the third anniversary of the release of "Collateral Murder".
  • WikiLeaks cables revealed the 5-step strategy by the U.S. to undermine the Chavez Government through USAID assistance to NGOs.

Julian Assange News:
  • Crikey published an article about how the U.S. threat to Julian Assange has once again been confirmed after the presentation at the University of Adelaide by Swedish Supreme Court justice Stefan Lindskog.
  • Journalist Alex Mitchell wrote on Julian Assange's chances at winning an Australian Senate seat. He mentions that he first saw it as a publicity stunt, but after meeting with Mr Assange realized it was a serious campaign.
  • The text of Julian Burnside QC's response to Swedish Supreme Court justice Stefan Lindskog is now available. He focuses on the threat that Julian Assange faces from the U.S. and the Australian Government's failure to assist him.
  • Christine Assange was interviewed on ABC Brisbane Radio about the current situation of her son, his Senate run, and the ongoing screenings of "Underground: The Julian Assange Story" across Australia.

Bradley Manning News:
  • All available court filings and documents in Bradley Manning's case are now searchable via Alexa O'Brien's website.
  • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola wrote on PJ Crowley's recent article in which he suggested that the U.S. risks "martying" Bradley Manning by pursuing the "aiding the enemy" charge. Mr Gosztola focuses on the pragmatism of Mr Crowley's argument, comparing it to President Obama's 2009 comments on how closing Guantanamo would "repair" the U.S.'s "image".

24 February 2013

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 815 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 812  days. 
 - 250 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without trial for 1007 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 358 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 892 days.

WikiLeaks News:
  • WikiLeaks released 334 emails from Stratfor on Micronesia.
  • Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks detail the U.S. efforts to topple Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
  • Julian Assange and Kristinn Hrafnsson, along with journalists Carmen Aristegui, Blanche Petrich, Arturo Cano, Jorge Carrillo Olea, and Pedro Miguel, spoke at an event about La Jornada's new book on Mexico and WikiLeaks.
  • The Young Turks discussed the recent report from the White House which states that WikiLeaks poses the threat of "economic espionage against U.S. companies".

Julian Assange News:
  • Visión 7 interviewed Julian Assange about the role of the internet in society. The interviews are in English with Spanish subtitles.

 Bradley Manning News: