2012-04-29 #WikiLeaks News Update: #IJF12, "World Tomorrow" guest announced; Other news

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 512 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 509 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 705 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 591 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • A WikiLeaks cable shows that private media journalists in Ecuador served as informants for the U.S. Embassy in Quito.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson spoke on two panels at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy: "Dossier Wikileaks: Italian secrets. By those on the inside" with Stefania Maurizi and Gavin MacFadyen (see below), and "Whistleblowers and anonymous leaks: can the media do without them?" Both panels contain English and Italian speakers.
  • Political commentator Laurie Oakes wrote an article detailing Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard's hypocrisy when it comes to the presumption of innocence. While she has offered this presumption to multiple politicians, she immediately declared WikiLeaks illegal after the release of Cablegate, despite there being no evidence of illegality to date.
  • Clark Stoeckley, the driver of the WikiLeaks truck, was arrested and held in jail for an hour after photographing police officers. The police deleted the photo from his phone before releasing him.
  • Gavin MacFadyen, director of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, will lecture at a City University London event entitled "The Real WikiLeaks: Beyond Julian Assange," May 2 at 6:30PM.
  • A new video in the "Did You Have Any Idea?" series has been released, featuring Andrew Partos, who recently addressed Attorney General Nicola Roxon with questions about Julian Assange on Q&A.
  • The WikiLeaks Australian Citizens Alliance has released interviews with Greg Barns and Bernard Keane discussing WikiLeaks, taken on the eve of Julian Assange's 500th day of detainment without charge.

Julian Assange News:

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  • WikiLeaks announced that next week's episode of "The World Tomorrow" will feature the President of Tunisia, Moncef Marzouki. The tagline for the premiere is "Moncef on May Day." Watch a preview of the episode below.
  • A new promo video has been released for "The World Tomorrow."
  • You can help out WikiLeaks by calling your local TV or online network and telling them to license "The World Tomorrow."
  • Professor Ferrada de Noli has written the third part in his series about media campaigns against WikiLeaks. This part analyses at the attacks on Julian Assange after the premiere of "The World Tomorrow."
  • Julian Assange will speak on the impact of increasing transparency at EIM2012 in The Netherlands, May 23, 4:35PM.

Bradley Manning News:

  • David House was on MSNBC's The Dylan Ratigan Show to discuss Bradley Manning's motion hearings and the implications of the "aiding the enemy" charge.

  • The Bradley Manning Support Network has published its notes from all three days of Manning's motion hearings. See: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3.
  • David Coombs has released the most recent Department of Army photo of Bradley Manning. This image is considered public domain may be used in print and publication.
  • CCR attorney Michael Ratner hosted a live-chat with Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola to discuss his and Greg Mitchell's new book, "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs Bradley Manning."
  • UK Friends of Bradley Manning's Naomi Colvin reviewed the play "The Radicalization of Bradley Manning," commenting on the presentation of significant documents from Manning's case and how the play can bring people closer to Manning on a personal level.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

May 2: Gavin MacFadyen to speak on WikiLeaks at City University London, 6:30PM.

May 23: Julian Assange to speak on the impact of increasing transparency at EIM 2012 in The Netherlands, 4:35PM.

May 27: "Incident in New Baghdad" to air on The Documentary Channel, 8PM.

June 6-8: Bradley Manning motion hearings.

July 16-20: Bradley Manning motion hearings.

August 27-31: Bradley Manning motion hearings.

September 21-October 12 Bradley Manning's court martial.