2012-04-17 #WikiLeaks News Update: WikiLeaks on Q&A; The World Tomorrow; Other news

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 500 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 497 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 694 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 580 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • Today marks the 500th day of the unlawful financial blockade against WikiLeaks by MasterCard, Visa, PayPal, Bank of America, and Western Union. WikiLeaks has lost 95% of their revenue because of this blockade. Find out how you can donate at the WikiLeaks website.
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Geoffrey Robertson QC and Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon were among the panelists on Australian TV show "Q and A" last night, where WikiLeaks and Julian Assange was discussed. An audience poll showed 79% believe the Australian government is not doing enough to support Julian Assange. At one point, Roxon falsely stated that Julian Assange had fled from Sweden. Watch the full segment below.
  • Firedoglake's Kevin Gosztola has written an article about the Obama administration's indifference towards Pakistan's opposition of unmanned drones, referencing WikiLeaks cables containing comments by Pakistani officials on the subject.
  • A new poll shows that support for Australian PM Julia Gillard is waning. Only 44% of Australians find her trustworthy, down from 61% in 2010, and dissatisfaction with her rose to 62%. Gillard previously called WikiLeaks "illegal," a false statement she was later forced to redact.
  • Chase Madar, author of the new book "The Passion of Bradley Manning," wrote an article about WikiLeaks, war crimes, and the poverty of international law.

Julian Assange News:

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  • Julian Assange's talk show, "The World Tomorrow," premieres today at 11:30AM GMT and will subsequently air every 2 hours for a 24-hour period. RT's editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan said she has "no doubt" that Assange's controversal first guest will "lead to calls to shut [RT] down." See our article for worldwide premiere times and how you can watch it.
  • RT has released their full 20-minute interview with Julian Assange about "The World Tomorrow." Watch the interview below or read the transcript from RT.
  • Episodes of "The World Tomorrow" will be available at the exclusive, authorized YouTube channel shortly after broadcast on RT.
  • WikiLeaks announced that "The World Tomorrow" has been licensed by a major group for Italian broadcast. This is on top of English, Spanish, and Arabic broadcasts via RT.
  • In an article at New Matilda, legal scholar Max Atkinson analysed the High Court's ruling in the Assange case that a Swedish Prosecution Authority is a judicial authority, the point which is currently being challenged at the Supreme Court.
  • An article in The New American discussed the lack of due process and fundamental civil liberties in Julian Assange's case. The article also contains quotes from an interview they conducted with Christine Assange.

Bradley Manning News:


  • Rick Falkvinge, founder of the Swedish and first Pirate Party, has joined the "I Am Bradley Manning" photo campaign.
  • An Op-Ed in The Guardian detailed the Obama administration's hostility towards whistleblowers, including Bradley Manning.
  • Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, gave a lecture at Cardiff University in support of Bradley Manning. Beforehand, he was interviewed by BBC Radio about his support for whistleblowers.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

April 17-28: Performances of "The Radicalization of Bradley Manning" held between these dates in schools across Wales.

April 17: Julian Assange's Supreme Court verdict expected to be handed down this week.

April 17: Julian Assange's talk show, "The World Tomorrow," premieres on RT, 11:30AM GMT..

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. Support events planned worldwide.

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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