2012-05-10 WikiLeaks News Update: WikiLeaks #1 non-profit on Twitter; SEP supports Assange; Upcoming events

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 523 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 520 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 717 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 603 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks is the most popular non-profit organization on Twitter. It is also the third most popular on Facebook, following Invisible Children and National Public Radio.
  • Bulgarian MEP Slavi Binev, who was exposed by WikiLeaks cables as a leader of an organized crime group, will be on the European Parliament panel to decide which Arab Spring countries will receive financial aid.
  • Greg Barns, National President of the Australian Lawyers Alliance, wrote an article calling on citizens to demand their liberties before the government takes them away. He discusses proposed surveillance laws, commenting how they could have been used to surveil all of Julian Assange's electronic devices, and how WikiLeaks would have likely been labelled as a transnational crime organization. Barns was also on ABC's The Drum to discuss his article.

Julian Assange News:

  • WikiLeaks predicts that Julian Assange may be extradited under the cover of the London Olympics. See our list of planned rallies after the Supreme Court ruling.

  • During its first national congress, the Australian Socialist Equality Party (SEP) unanimously passed a resolution to defend Julian Assange. The resolution demands the immediate release of Assange, as well as Bradley Manning.
  • A protest calling for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to support Julian Assange will be held at the Sydney Convention Centre where Gillard will be speaking, May 15 at 1PM.
  • An analysis by Crikey's Guy Rundle shows that the first sexual misconduct allegation against Julian Assange is worded very similarly to an Amnesty International report on sex crimes in Nordic countries from 2009.
  • An article in Business Insider looks at how Brazil does not allow the extradition of its citizens, comparing this to Julian Assange and MegaUpload's Kim Dotcom, who have been abandoned by their respective governments.

Bradley Manning News:

  • The Bradley Manning Support Network is looking to hire someone in the Washington D.C/Baltimore area to work as an organizer for support events.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

May 15: Support Assange protest at Sydney Convention Centre where PM Julia Gillard will speak, 1PM.

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.

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