2012-05-21 WikiLeaks News Update: WL Friends soon to launch, "World Tomorrow" guest announced, other news

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 534 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 531 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 728 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 614 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • "Friends of WikiLeaks" is almost ready to launch. WikiLeaks tweeted a list of 12 reasons why WLFriends is better than Facebook, noting its strong encryption and mathematical formula for social networks to continuously grow stronger.
  • WikiLeaks faced DDoS attacks again on May 20, after having just recovered from fighting them off for three days.
  • Prosecutors will examine the contents of the three CDs containing data on Julius Baer bank customers, which were passed to WikiLeaks by Rudolf Elmer.
  • After Australia just adopted the "WikiLeaks amendment," which allows spy agencies to target individuals and organisations that oppose the government's interests, Attorney General Nicola Roxon now wants to allow the ASIO to intercept and store any individual’s information.

Julian Assange News:

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  • Episode 6 of "The World Tomorrow" will feature Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa. He will discuss the U.S., China, media wars, and the future of Latin America. The episode airs Tuesday, May 22 at 12:30PM London time. Actualidad RT released a promo video and summary for the episode (Spanish).
  • Julian Assange will be speaking on the impact of increasing transparency at EIM2012 in The Netherlands, May 23 at 4:35PM.
  • John Hawkins, a writer for Right Wing News, called for the assassination of Julian Assange, referencing erroneous claims that a WikiLeaks cable resulted in the death of an Iranian kickboxer. Hawkins joins many other right-wing political figures which have also called for the death of Mr. Assange.

Bradley Manning News:

  • WikiLeaks announced that it, along with the CCR, is going to file a law suit against the U.S. Military regarding the Bradley Manning case.

  • The Pentagon used software to monitor the Twitter debate over Bradley Manning's pre-trial hearing last December.
  • An article in The Baltimore Sun argues that Bradley Manning's case needs to get more media attention so people are aware of the appalling treatment he's received.


Upcoming Dates & Events:

May 23: Julian Assange to speak on the impact of increasing transparency at EIM 2012 in The Netherlands, 4:35PM.

May 26: Bradley Manning will have been imprisoned for two years without trial.

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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