2012-07-31 Christine Assange Meets Ecuador's Foreign Minister

UPDATE BELOW: In the Ecuadorian capital of Quito today, Christine Assange struggled to hold back tears after a meeting with Ricardo Patiño, Ecuador's Minister for Foreign Relations, Business and Integration.

While WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange remains trapped in Ecuador's London embassy, his mother has flown to the small South American capital to provide additional information on his request for political asylum, and make a personal plea for assistance.

2012-07-30 WikiLeaks: Activist or Journalist? Pulling a Yes Men on Bill Keller

On Saturday evening, what appeared to be a New York Times op-ed piece by Bill Keller supporting WikiLeaks emerged on twitter. For WL supporters, this was too good to be true, as someone who had shown much animosity toward WikiLeaks appeared to be speaking in their defense. This turned out to be a well crafted hoax. The stunning prank was believed by almost everyone as the only difference was the URL. The article borrowed words from Keller's emails and mimicked New York Times' home page. It fooled journalists and embarrassingly even the Time's tech writer Nick Bilton. It was surreal, as Keller, someone who had come to represent a 'journalism' that bends over for the US government, now appeared to stand behind WikiLeaks. This lasted for hours before it was finally debunked. Later in the day, WikiLeaks released a sequence of tweets that admitted they were involved in the production of this fake Bill Keller op-ed.

2012-07-29 The undermining of Canadian values in the delay to approve transfer of Omar Khadr

The Minister of Public Safety in Canada, Vic Toews, recently made comments about Omar Khadr's potential transfer to Canada from Guantánamo Bay, where he has been incarcerated since 2002 when he was just 15 years old. The comment by Toews comes after the US formally requested a transfer in April of 2012, and after months of silence and inaction. Omar Khadr pleaded guilty in Guantánamo in 2010 to five charges. Under a plea deal, Khadr had his sentence reduced from 40 to 8 years. Such a transfer would allow Omar Khadr to serve the remainder of his sentence in Canada.

2012-07-26 WikiLeaks News Update: Baltasar Garzón joins WikiLeaks legal team; Cables used in UK court case


WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 600 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 597 days.
- 37 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 794 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 680 days.

2012-07-25 My thoughts about the Baltasar Garzón/Julian Assange Teamup

By Nikolas Kozloff.

On a certain level, I wonder whether Baltasar Garzón, the Spanish judge who is now defending WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, agreed to take the assignment for personal reasons.

In recent years, Garzón has come to international attention for pursuing a number of high profile international cases. In 1998 for example, the judge sought to apprehend brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet, Washington's ally during the Cold War. Not stopping there, the pugnacious judge issued an order for British authorities to detain Henry Kissinger no less.

2012-07-24 PRESS RELEASE: Baltasar Garzón will lead legal team representing Julian Assange and WikiLeaks

Tue Jul 24 19:36:07 UTC 2012
Statement approved by Julian Assange and Baltasar Garzón.

2012-07-24 WikiLeaks News Update: WikiLeaks releases still considered classified by US; New Assange TV special


WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 598 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 595 days.
- 35 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 792 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 678 days.

2012-07-23 A Short Chat With Christine Assange

WikiLeaks supporters around the globe are informed, talented, and wonderfully passionate people. But supporting WikiLeaks day after day, week after week, month after month, can be an emotional roller coaster. We all have our highs and lows, and surely nobody knows that better than Julian Assange's mum Christine.

2012-07-21 WikiLeaks News Update: Manning pre-trial hearing session concludes; Syria Files coverage




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 595 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 592 days.
- 32 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 789 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 675 days.

2012-07-18 WikiLeaks News Update: WikiLeaks opens credit card donations; Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearings resume




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 592 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 589 days.
- 29 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 786 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 672 days.

2012-07-15 Après Assange, Le Déluge

King Louis XV is widely credited with the phrase “Après moi, le déluge” (after me, the deluge), although it may have been spoken by Madame de Pompadour, his official mistress (the title was by appointment at the time: she divorced her husband after assuming the position). In any case, it was prophetic: Louis XV was the last monarch before the French Revolution. Louis XVI, his grandson and successor, was guillotined in 1793 at the Place de la Révolution.

2012-07-10 Julia Gillard comes clean on WikiLeaks

I bumped into Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on the train yesterday. I mean, literally bumped. I was lurching towards the last available seat on the 4:45 pm from Central when I tripped and collapsed over the armrest beside her, momentarily dislodging the blonde wig she was wearing as a disguise. The glossy red hair was a giveaway, and there was no hiding that nose.

2012-07-10 Fear of U.S. backlash further justifies Assange's concerns

Julian Assange arrived at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on June 19 in order to seek political asylum. His application is based on concern of U.S. extradition and prosecution.

Since the announcement of his decision to seek asylum, there has been discussion of possible U.S. rebuttal if Ecuador were to accept Mr Assange into asylum.

2012-07-08 WikiLeaks News Update: Syria Files coverage; Updates in Assange asylum bid




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 582 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 579 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 776 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 662 days.

2012-07-07 Sweden's 'reinterpretation' of MLA law

UPDATE BELOW: 2012-07-31

Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) is a common legal practice in the European Union. It is an agreement between two countries to help cooperation during investigation of alleged crimes. The EU's website states "mutual legal assistance and agreements on extradition are essential for the EU in order to achieve a European area of justice".

2012-07-06 WikiLeaks News Update: WikiLeaks releases the Syria Files; "The World Tomorrow" airs final episode




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 580 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 577 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 774 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 660 days.

2012-07-06 Australia's opposition has also abandoned Julian Assange

After seeking asylum in Ecuador's London embassy, WikiLeaks' Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange asserted that Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labor Party government in his native Australia had made an "effective declaration of abandonment" by refusing to intervene in any extradition to Sweden or the USA. Now the Leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, has confirmed that Mr Assange can expect no better from Australia's Coalition parties.

2012-07-02 REVEALED! WikiLeaks' SHOCKING Unpublished Revelations!

WikiLeaks releases have shaken global politics and provoked countless news headlines. Founder Julian Assange has rarely been out of the media spotlight. And yet WikiLeaks' greatest revelations have scarcely been noticed by mainstream media journalists. Here at last, we expose the full story behind the stories that the corporate media are too scared to touch!

2012-07-01 WikiLeaks News Update: WikiLeaks releases fundraising CD; U.S. admits ongoing investigation




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 575 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 572 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 769 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 655 days.

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