2012-03-31 #WikiLeaks News Update & Upcoming Events

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 483 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 480 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 677 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • The Australian Government recently renewed its attacks against WikiLeaks by condemning the organization as "reckless, irresponsible and potentially dangerous" as well as delaying the release of Australian diplomatic cables on Julian Assange until his extradition case has been decided.

  • New laws have passed in Australia which make it difficult for organizations like WikiLeaks to operate, including an extradition law which makes it easier for foreign governments to request extradition of Australians and a new spying law which broadens ASIO's reach.

  • BBC aired the second episode of its documentary "WikiLeaks: The Secret Life of a Superpower."

  • Cabledrum has indexed nearly 800 articles on WikiLeaks' Global Intelligence Files from 37 countries.

  • Emails from Stratfor show that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a Stratfor source from 2007 to 2010.

  • In a speech about unpunished crimes against humanity, lawyer Geoffrey Robertson mentioned a WikiLeaks cable which discussed Iran being prepared to delay its nuclear program if it could get its hands on the PMOI (People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran).

  • Kristinn Hrafnsson spoke at the Polis International Journalism conference where he said WikiLeaks is not finished in its publications and gets requests every day from media outlets wanting to be partners.

  • US attorney and extradition expert Douglas McNabb and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges were on RT discussing the US's relentless pursuit of Julian Assange and the implications for whistleblowers and journalists.

  • An article in Binzaman looked at the five "silliest" examples of WikiLeaks being banned: The Pentagon's ban of WikiLeaks, the U.S. Air Force's ban of the Guardian and New York Times, the Library of Congress banning access to WikiLeaks, President Obama banning federal employees from WikiLeaks, and American researchers in Antarctica being banned from WikiLeaks.

  • A supporter began a WikiLeaks poster campaign called "Wanna Know?" Every week a new poster with a new fact will be posted.

Julian Assange News:

  • Julian Assange was on ABC Late Night Live Radio where he talked about his extradition hearing, how WikiLeaks is running, his upcoming television show, and his run for senate. Transcript is also available.

  • Julian Assange was interviewed about his announcement to run for senate where he discussed political figures he admired, his priorities, and his views on national and international politics.

  • ABC's The Drum held a poll about Julian Assange's announcement to run for Senate.
    If Julian Assange stood for the Senate in your state:
    • I'd vote for him: 54%
    • It wouldn't change my vote: 31%
    • I'd move 12%
    • Who's Julian Assange? 2%
    • 9738 votes counted

  • The Liberal Democrats believe they are the party perfectly suited for Julian Assange.

  • Reuters published an article commenting on the Australian Senate being "no legal haven" for Julian Assange. In regards to the article, Philip Dorling, who published the first comments from Julian Assange after his announcement of his run for senate, noted "Assange isn't looking for a legal hideout."

  • Mark Lee Hunter wrote an article about the constant attacks on Julian Assange, especially by those who have worked with him, and how they are not helpful for journalism.

  • Professor Marcello Ferrada-noli was on RT discussing Julian Assange's extradition case. Transcript of the interview is available at his blog.

  • In a revamp of community sentencing, the UK is going to electronically tag over 100,000 offenders. Julian Assange has been tagged for nearly 500 days even though he has not been charged with any crime.

  • Christine Assange was on 2UE radio calling on Australian FM Bob Carr to seek a timely conclusion to Julian's house arrest.

  • Naomi Wolf declined a meeting to interview Julian Assange for fear that it could be construed as "aiding a terrorist" under the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act). Testimony from Birgitta Jónsdottir said she herself was afraid of arrest due to association with WikiLeaks.

Bradley Manning News:

  • An article in Business Insider showed how the U.S. Government had greater transparency with the Guantanamo trials than they have with Bradley Manning's court martial. The U.S. Government remains opposed to efforts to make Bradley Manning's court martial more transparent. (See also: David Coomb's full statement at the Bradley Manning Support Network.)

  • The Nation's Greg Mitchell and Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola have published a new e-book entitled "Truth and Consequences: The U.S. vs. Bradley Manning" which is available at Amazon for $3.99. An excerpt is available via The Nation.

  • Salon's Glenn Greenwald compared the pre-trial confinement of Bradley Manning, who spent 10 months in cruel and inhumane treatment at Quantico Marine Base before being transferred to Ft. Leavenworth, with that of Sgt. Robert Bales, prime suspect in the slaughter of 17 Afghan civilians, who was immediately placed in Ft. Leavenworth.

  • While Bradley Manning is being declared guilty before trial by generals, the defense attorney of Sgt. Robert Bales, alleged to have slaughtered 17 Afghan civilians, is receiving letters from generals wishing him luck in defending his client.

  • A federal court ruled that David House is allowed to continue his lawsuit against the federal government over a boarder search-and-seizure related to his relationship with Bradley Manning. He was on The Alyona Show to discuss the matter. (See also a statement on the issue from the Bradley Manning Support Network.)

  • The Bradley Manning Support Network is asking people to stand with Bradley during his next set of hearings, April 24-26.

  • After receiving inquiries about Bradley Manning's location, David E. Coombs said he will be held at Fort Leavenworth until his next hearing and is doing well.

  • Video of Daniel Ellsberg speaking at the Occupy the Truth whistleblower conference is now available.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

April 4: Julian Assange's May 2011 Hay Festival talk airs on Sky Arts1, 2PM.

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

April 8: Julian Assange's Supreme Court verdict expected to be handed down just after this date.

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

April 17: WikiLeaks' 500th day of financial blockade without process.

April 19: "WikiLeaks, Assange, and Defending Democracy" panel at BMW Edge in Melbourne, 6:30PM, with Christine Assange, Scott Ludlam, Lizzie O'Shea, Bernard Keane, and Greg Barns.

April 20: Julian Assange's 500th day of detainment without charge.

April 23: Bradley Manning's 700th day of imprisonment without trial.

April 24-26: Bradley Manning's next set of pre-trial hearings.

April 27-28: Kristinn Hrafnsson to speak at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia, Italy at panels "Whistleblowers and anonymous leaks: can the media do without them?" (27/4) and "Dossier WikiLeaks. Segreti italiani" (28/4).

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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