2012-03-10 #WikiLeaks News Update: #GIFiles coverage; Other news

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 462 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 459 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 656 days.

WikiLeaks News:

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  • WikiLeaks continues to release more G.I. Files daily. Here is the latest coverage:
    • Undercover NATO troops are already in Syria despite denials from their parent governments
    • Corrupt Venezuelan officials are stifling local production in favor of imports
    • Russia tried to prevent Polish President Kaczynski from landing in Smolensk to force him to miss a Katyn massacre memorial service
    • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez betrayed the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) to appease generals
  • An Op-Ed in Al Jazeera looks at the rise of Stratfor and their actual functionality.
  • New Zealand is angered by the negative comments by Stratfor members about their role in global diplomacy.
  • The release of the Stratfor emails have caused the resignation of Emre from TUSIAD.
  • Turkish PM Erdoğan is suing WikiLeaks partner Taraf for an editorial piece which Erdoğan's lawyers claim contained "very serious insults."
  • A senior U.S. State Department official has denied claims from Stratfor emails that Osama Bin Laden's body was flown to the United States.

  • The Daily Mail issued a correction 10 months after falsely claiming WikiLeaks hacked into security services and published information which got people killed. WikiLeaks tweeted that they currently have over 80 press complaints lodged with the Press Complaints Commission.

  • The Levenson Inquiry has asked WikiLeaks for a submission on corruption in the UK press to which they have submitted over 100 pages.

  • Former State Department Spokesman P.J. Crowley cited a WikiLeaks cable on Yemen during a panel discussion on the killing of Anwar al-Awlaki.

  • A transcript of a WikiLeaks seminar held in Houston, TX in January is now available. Speakers included Geoffrey Robertson QC and Eric Schmitt, as well as a panel which discussed the possibility of Julian Assange being charged in the U.S.

  • EFF's Trevor Timm wrote on how the Obama Administration's crackdown on whistleblowers is hurting both press freedom and foreign policy.

  • In December 2010, when Cablegate first began coming out, about 1% of all tweets were about WikiLeaks. This caused WikiLeaks to stop trending on Twitter, as Twitter saw WikiLeaks as the new normal.

  • A cyber-security bill proposed by Rep. Mike Rogers is broad enough to use against WikiLeaks and The Pirate Bay.

  • Dennis Kucinich was on The Alyona Show discussing WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning. He commented that he would consider reading WikiLeaks' Guantanamo files to Congress to get the information on the Congressional Record.

  • An Op-Ed in the East Orlando Sun writes on how, by attacking WikiLeaks and Assange, the government is making journalism illegal.

Julian Assange News:

  • Julian Assange was on ABC Radio discussing his upcoming Supreme Court verdict. Audio and transcript of the interview are available.

  • Protests are planned for Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane the day after Julian Assange's verdict is handed down. Two fliers are available for the protest in black and white.

Bradley Manning News:

  • Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks discussed the UN Rapporteur on Torture's condemnation of Bradley Manning's treatment and called for Bradley's freedom:

  • Glenn Greenwald wrote an article on the history of condemnations against Bradley Manning's treatment, including the UN Rapporteur on Torture's recent comments.

  • Russia urged the U.S. to respect the human rights of Bradley Manning.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

March 13: Julian Assange to participate in online War on Drugs debate, 7PM GMT.

Mid-March: Julian Assange's TV Series to begin airing.

March 15: Bradley Manning's motion hearing, 10AM at Fort Meade.

March 16: Vigil for Bradley Manning at the US Embassy in London, 5PM.

March 17: "War on WikiLeaks" public forum at Bleeding Heart, Brisbane, 7PM. Speakers include Christine Assange and Scott Ludlam.

April 25: Kristinn Hrafnsson to speak at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy.

May 23: Julian Assange to speak at Enterprise Information Management Congress 2012 in The Netherlands.

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

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