2012-03-22 #WikiLeaks News Update

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 474 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 471 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 669 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks issued a press release offering to host a discussion on the future of Malaysia between Prime Minister Najib Razak, Anwar Ibrahim, and Raja Petra. Shortly after, Anwar Ibrahim accepted the invitation.

  • BBC Two aired the first part of a new special, "WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower." The documentary focuses on Cablegate revelations and the effects it had around the world. Part two will air March 28 at 9:00PM GMT.

  • According to emails from Stratfor, a U.S. mercenary "took part" in the killing of Muammar Gaddafi, after which he was sent to assist the Syrian opposition.

  • Stratfor VP Fred Burton, a man considered one of the top U.S. counter-terrorism experts, uses an immense amount of racist slurs when referring to Arab, African-American, and Chinese people.

  • An article in NYU Local analyses WikiLeaks cables about Joseph Kony and the LRA (Lord's Resistance Army), asking the question, "Does the U.S. allow the Ugandan Government to commit war crimes?" There are nearly 600 WikiLeaks cables which mention the LRA, a dozen of which mention the Invisible Children organization.

  • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola analyses Homeland Security's role in the crackdown on Occupy protests using information gained from FOIA requests and Stratfor emails.

  • Polls from Essential Report show that the majority of Australians still support WikiLeaks and Julian Assange. They also show that only 22% of Australians believe Julian Assange is receiving proper assistance from the government.

  • The Australian Government seems to have a form letter they send out in response to inquiries about WikiLeaks and Julian Assange, which states at the end, "I do not intend to speak publicly about this matter."

  • An excerpt from "The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial" details the poor performance by serious media, including The Guardian, in relation to coverage of the WikiLeaks cables.

  • Australian Greens MP Jamie Parker gave a speech in support of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, and Bradley Manning.

  • A judge has lifted the Twitter ban on the "Anonymous 14" who are under indictment for their alleged involvement in "Operation Avenge Assange," which was an attack on PayPal after they suspended WikiLeaks' account after the release of Cablegate.

  • WikiLeaks Press has released its coverage of WikiLeaks News from 23-29 February.

  • The Minnesota Committee to Stop FBI Repression expressed its solidarity with WikiLeaks and Julian Assange.

Julian Assange News:

  • World-wide rallies are planned after Julian Assange's Supreme Court verdict is handed down. A complete list of the rallies is available here.

  • Justice for Assange has a new section which covers the destruction of evidence by complainant AA in the Assange case.

  • Green Senator Scott Ludlam and Christine Assange were interviewed after a forum in Brisbane about Julian Assange, the threat of his extradition, and his decision to run for the Australian Senate. Sydney Morning Herald summarized Christine's speech from the forum.

  • Christine Assange was on Triple J Hack radio discussing her son's upcoming Supreme Court verdict and his decision to run for Australian Senate.

  • An article in Crikey discusses Julian Assange's decision to run for Australian Senate and looks at the statistics he would need in order to win a seat.

Bradley Manning News:

  • Bradley Manning won the popular vote of Global Exchange's 10th annual Human Rights Award, leading with over 16,000 votes.

  • Kevin Zeese of the Bradley Manning Support Network, who attended Manning's recent motion hearings, wrote an article on the prosecution being "incurably infected" by government misconduct.

  • General Martin Dempsey has mimicked President Obama by declaring Bradley Manning guilty before trial. The Bradley Manning Support Network asks people to call him and demand he retract his statements.

  • The Center for Constitutional Rights demands that the press and public be given immediate access to documents and information filed in Bradley Manning's case.

  • The upcoming play "The Radicalization of Bradley Manning" will be live-streamed and feature interactive hyperlinks which coincide with the script.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

March 28: Part two of "WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower" to air on BBC Two, 9PM.

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

April 5: Beat the Blockade against WikiLeaks by donating at least $5.

April 12-28: Performances of "The Radicalization of Bradley Manning" held between these dates in schools across Wales.

April 24: Bradley Manning's next set of pre-trial hearings.

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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