2012-01-25 #WikiLeaks News: New details about Julian #Assange’s upcoming TV series; Updated Events; Other News

This is a "WikiLeaks News Update", a daily news update of stories relating directly to WikiLeaks and also freedom of information, transparency, cybersecurity, and freedom of expression.


  • A US Embassy cable published by WikiLeaks shows Sri Lankan politician Basil Rajapkasa acknowledged the military shelling of a safe zone during meetings with a Norwegian Ambassador.

  • RT will be one of the broadcasters of Julian Assange’s upcoming television show, it was announced today. It is important to note, however, that the series is independently produced under Julian Assange’s supervision.
    According to RT, Julian Assange will film the first episode this week, just a few days before his Supreme Court extradition hearing, and the series will be called ‘The World Tomorrow’. It is expected to premiere in March.
    To enquire about licensing the show for a large audience please email: contact@quickrollproductions.com

  • In a segment of the The Alyona Show, Alyona Minkovsi responds to mainstream media criticism of Julian Assange and of the licensing of his series by RT.

    RT is also running a poll on its main webpage: What should Julian Assange expose in his TV show?
    a) Who controls the Internet
    b) How banks run the world
    c) NATO war machine agenda
    d) Who rules the mainstream media

  • Today the Swedish Prime Minister made, once again, public remarks about Julian Assange’s extradition case, despite claiming he would refrain from interfering with it.

  • A brief narration of facts relating to Julian Assange’s case has been uploaded to youtube.

  • The Bradley Manning Support Network has uploaded to its facebook page the image of a WikiLeaks tattoo, topped by a slogan popularized by Woody Guthrie.


Upcoming WikiLeaks Events (updated)

January 19: Col. Carl Coffman sent his recommendation to court-martial Bradley Manning to Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, who will make a final decision.

January 26: Academy Awards announcement. ‘Collateral Murder’ documentary ‘Incident in New Baghdad’ is one of five finalists for best documentary short subject.

January 26: If you live in Australia, read the Australia Day Call to Action from Christine Assange, to learn how you can support Julian Assange on this date.

NEW - January 26: WikiLeaks and Haiti: How the US Works to Keep Haiti Poor presentation by Kim Ives at the University of Manitoba (Canada).

January 28: WikiLeaks debate in Houston (Texas). Julian Assange’s lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC will participate via Skype, from London.

February 1 & 2: Julian Assange’s extradition appeal will be heard by the Supreme Court. Hearing will likely last 2 days. A support demonstration will be held in London outside of the Supreme Court, starting at 8:30AM. How to attend.
Sydney Vigil for Julian Assange, 5PM at the Town Hall.

February 17: Don't Shoot the Messenger: WikiLeaks, Assange and Democracy panel in Sydney, with speakers: Senator Ludlam, Christine Assange and Humphrey McQueen. Chaired by Mary Kostakidis.

mid-March: A television series hosted by Julian Assange on the theme 'the World tomorrow' will begin airing.

April 25-29: WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson and L’Espresso journalist Stefania Maurizi, who has worked on several WikiLeaks releases, will speak at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia (Italy).

May 23: Julian Assange will speak at the Enterprise Information Management Congress 2012 (Netherlands).


Action Campaigns

418 days of unlawful financial blockade.

Julian Assange
415 days under house arrest without charge.

  • Show your support for Julian Assange at the Supreme Court of London, February 1 and 2, at 8:30AM. More information on how to attend at Free Julian Assange Now campaign by Liberté Info.
    A Vigil is also planned in Sydney, at the Town Hall, 5PM.
  • Australia: Contact your MP or Senator demanding Justice for Julian Assange! Threaten your vote if action to defend the rights of Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, is not taken.
    Here is a short guide with tips on How To Get Politicians’ Attention, which may be helpful.
  • Nominate Julian Assange and WikiLeaks for the Nobel Peace Prize 2012: campaign website.
  • Send at least one of the several call to action draft letters addressed to European organizations and Members of the European Parliament requesting action over the unjust treatment of Julian Assange.

Bradley Manning
612 days detained in military jail.

  • Tell Maj. Gen. Linnington, the man who will decide if Bradley Manning is to face court-martial, to drop the charge of ‘aiding the enemy’.
  • I am Bradley Manning campaign website with photos of supporters from around the world. Submit your own!
  • A challenge proposed by the Bradley Manning Support Network: Stand with Bradley until his trial is over - pledge a monthly donation for the length of the trial. For more details see bradleymanning.org

Rudolf Elmer

  • Liberté Info started a campaign to make whistleblower Rudolf Elmer’s trial an international issue. The campaign page is constantly updated with new developments on his case. Readers are encouraged to share.