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.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show that the U.S. Government had plans to conspire with the current Bank of Guayaquil president Guillermo Lasso to destabilize the Ecuadorian Government under President Rafael Correa.
  • U.S. diplomats are wary of Brazil's rising influence, according to diplomatic cables, with Brazil seeing itself as "the natural leader of Latin America." Emails from Stratfor show similar feelings within the company, commenting that Brazil's relationships with South American countries "must be watched very carefully."
  • WikiLeaks cables puncture Malam Nasir Elrufai's claims of incorruptibility, showing that he attempted to award a contract to a company in which he and his brother had substantial interests while he was Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises.
  • The U.S. Army has plans to monitor the keystrokes, downloads, and web searches on computers that soldiers use. This comes as part of an effort in the military to prevent future WikiLeaks-style releases of classified information.
  • Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has a webpage dedicated to all the efforts the Greens have put into defending WikiLeaks, including blog posts, Senate addresses, public panels, and other resources.

Julian Assange News:

  • May 8th's episode of "The World Tomorrow" will feature activists Nabeel Rajab from Bahrain and Alaa Abd El-Fattah from Egypt. It will air in English, Spanish, Arabic, Italian and Russian, beginning at 12:30PM London time and airing every 2 hours for a 24-hour period.
  • Nabeel Rajab, a guest in next week's episode of "The World Tomorrow," was arrested at the Bahraini International Airport. This came only one day after WikiLeaks' announcement of his upcoming appearance on Julian Assange's television show. He was arrested on charges of "participating in illegal assembly and calling others to join."
  • RT has published photos and quotes from the upcoming episode of "The World Tomorrow." In the program, Nabeel Rajab focuses on the revolution in Bahrain, discussing the importance of it and the lack of media coverage. He also mentions his own experiences being beaten, detained, and tortured.

  • The third episode of "The World Tomorrow" featuring Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki is now available in Italian.

Bradley Manning News:


  • Nathan Fuller of the Bradley Manning Support Network interviewed Chase Madar, author of the new book "The Passion of Bradley Manning." Madar discusses what drew him to Manning, why the Obama administration is cracking down on whistleblowing, the issue of overclassification, and the rule of law.
  • The Bradley Manning Support Network has published a report from the support event held in Vancouver, BC.
  • Social Alliance spokesperson for gay and lesbian rights Rachel Evans spoke at a Sydney rally for Bradley Manning, lauding him as a hero and role model for standing up against homophobia.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

May 8: Episode 4 of "The World Tomorrow" featuring Alaa Abd El-Fattah and Nabeel Rajab premieres, 12:30PM London Time.

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 19-20: Bradley Manning motion hearings.

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