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2012-05-28 The fire this time: The martyring of Julian Assange

"We can never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was 'legal.'"
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Did you read Bonfire of the Vanities?" George asked me. I nodded, and he continued: "Do you remember that scene where he's getting out of the car, and there are all these people screaming his name, women throwing themselves at him? I mean, here's this guy who's in a terrible situation, but he's like a big celebrity."

Aussie publisher and Assange family acquaintance George Hirst had met me at the law school's cafe, so we could confer on ideas for helping the WikiLeaks leader. George and I both worried about Assange's potential extradition to the U.S., where harpy Hillary Clinton and other government vengefuls could use the EU's lax extradition laws to prosecute Assange, torture him, or worse. Now, months later, on the eve of the UK Supreme Court's final decision, we are all about to learn whether or not the embattled publisher will be extradited to Sweden, and then perhaps to the United States.

2012-05-28 What we know about the Information Review Task Force | US v PFC #Manning #WikiLeaks #Assange

On July 29, 2010, the then Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, ordered the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Ronald L. Burgess, to stand up an Information Review Task Force, to lead a comprehensive review of the documents allegedly given to WikiLeaks in concert with interagency participants.

2012-05-26 WikiLeaks News Update: Support events for Julian Assange; New motions in Manning hearing; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 539 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 536 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 733 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 619 days.

2012-05-25 Will the European Arrest Warrant system set a dangerous precedent?

On 30 May 2012 the UK Supreme Court will announce the ruling in the case regarding the extradition to Sweden of Julian Assange, after Assange has spent 540 days under house arrest without charge. Following a European Arrest Warrant issued in December 2010 on allegations of sexual misconduct, Assange submitted himself for arrest. Though Assange has not been charged, Swedish prosecutors have sought extradition from the UK for questioning.

2012-05-25 Stand up for Julian Assange before it's too late

On May 23, Julian Assange attended a screening of "Shadows of Liberty" wearing a kevlar Guy Fawkes mask.

2012-05-23 WikiLeaks News Update: Assange verdict date set, "World Tomorrow" episode 6, other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 536 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 533 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 730 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 616 days.


2012-05-21 WikiLeaks News Update: WL Friends soon to launch, "World Tomorrow" guest announced, other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 534 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 531 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 728 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 614 days.


2012-05-19 Growing bipartisan opposition to NDAA indefinite detention

On May 16th, a New York state federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to block provisions of the NDAA that allow indefinite detention, claiming they are unconstitutional. The decision is part of growing bipartisan opposition to the NDAA that includes prominent members of the US military.

U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest, originally appointed by Obama, clashed with the current administration by censuring the NDAA, saying that the act has a "chilling impact on First Amendment rights" to free speech, and infringes on the Fifth Amendment's right to due process.

2012-05-15 WikiLeaks News Update: "The World Tomorrow" Episode 5; Noam Chomsky on WikiLeaks; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 528 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 525 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 722 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 608 days.


2012-05-13 WikiLeaks News Update: Stratfor ops in Russia; Ex-Guantanamo detainee on Assange show; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 526 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 523 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 720 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 606 days.


2012-05-12 [UPDATED 05-13] Nabeel Rajab's detention extended amid worldwide calls for his release

This is Part Three in WL Central's continued coverage of the arrest of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab. He was arrested on May 5 at the Bahraini International Airport, following the announcement of his appearance on Julian Assange's talk show "The World Tomorrow." A representative of the public prosecution ordered that Rajab be detained for one week for "insulting a statutory body" via Twitter. Rajab denies the charges, saying they are aimed at hindering his human rights work and his right of expression. He was also charged unrelated to his current detention for "participating in illegal assembly."

2012-05-10 Military Intelligence and the 35 Fox | US v PFC Bradley Manning

The United States Army and Marine Corps call their enlisted job specialties, "MOS's," or Military Occupation Specialties.

Bradley Manning was a 35F or 35 Fox, Military Intelligence Analyst, assigned to Company B, 2nd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division Light Infantry (LI), when, the US Government says, he disclosed the largest leak of classified information in US History.

According to the US Army, the mission of the 35F Military Occupational Specialty [MOS] is to "gather, analyze, and report intelligence information that reveals the intended secrets of hostile forces," and 35F "must qualify for a top secret clearance with special access eligibility."

It should be noted, his alleged leak concerned information only marked at the lowest level of classification, "SECRET", or was not classified at all.

For example, on testimony by Army CID Agent, Toni Graham, at Bradley Manning's Article 32 Pretrial Hearing and similarly at the March 16, 2011 Motion Hearing for US v PFC Bradley Manning, there is still uncertainty as to whether or not the July 12, 2007 Baghdad air strike video, commonly known as "Collateral Murder" was classified or not.

35Fs analyze data including weather, terrain, and the position of opposing forces. They are trained to read and interpret maps, electronically plot symbols, and consolidate intelligence data onto a situation map.

2012-05-08 WikiLeaks News Update: "World Tomorrow" Ep. 4; Pentagon says whistleblowers unprotected; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 521 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 518 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 715 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 601 days.


2012-05-06 WikiLeaks News Update: Nabeel Rajab arrested; US planned to destabilize Ecuadorian President; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 519 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 516 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 713 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 599 days.


2012-05-04 WikiLeaks News Update: Press Freedom Day; Guangcheng cables; DFAT seeks to delay Assange FOI request




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 517 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 514 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 711 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 597 days.


WikiLeaks News:

  • May 3 was World Press Freedom Day. The United States plummeted in its press freedom ranking, falling from 20th to 47th. Despite this, the U.S. still made a statement touting its freedom of speech. EFF's Trevor Timm authored an article which commented on the U.S.'s crackdown on whistleblowers, the secret grand jury on WikiLeaks, and the arrests of journalists at Occupy protests. Politico's Byron Tau also wrote about the attacks on whistleblowers and WikiLeaks.

2012-05-02 #WikiLeaks News Update: Latin America refused to publish cables; "World Tomorrow" episode 3; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 515 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 512 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 708 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 594 days.


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.

2012-04-26 #WikiLeaks News Update: Major developments from Manning's motion hearing; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 509 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 506 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 703 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 589 days.


WikiLeaks News:

  • Jacob Appelbaum was on Democracy Now! discussing CISPA, surveillance, WikiLeaks' Spy Files, Tor, and the "Militarization of Cyberspace." Watch the video below.

2012-04-25 #WikiLeaks News Update: Manning's motion hearings; "World Tomorrow" Episode 2; Other news




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 508 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 505 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 702 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 588 days.


WikiLeaks News:

  • One year ago today, WikiLeaks released The Gitmo Files, thousands of documents detailing 765 of the 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo Bay.
  • Stratfor emails released by WikiLeaks reveal an anti-Obama prejudice within the company, with Vice President Fred Burton often referring to him as "Barry Hussein."
  • Blogger Peter Knight has written seven articles correcting recent smears against WikiLeaks and Julian Assange from various media outlets.

2012-04-23 #WikiLeaks News Update: "World Tomorrow" news; Swedish hypocrisy; Manning's next hearings




WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 506 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 503 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 700 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 586 days.


WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks cables show that U.S. officials see Manitoba Hydro, which plans to spend $18B on export-dependent projects, as a struggling utility whose enthusiasm about proposed dams is not shared.
  • Virgin Airlines stated that WikiLeaks lawyer Jennifer Robinson was stopped at Heathrow Airport due to "security issues." Virgin continued by saying it was not an airline issue, but something to be brought up with security services or the Home Office. Robinson also gave an interview with WSWS discussing the incident, as well as government and media attacks on WikiLeaks. See our in-depth coverage of the incident here.

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