2012-06-02 WikiLeaks News Update: Worldwide rallies for Assange; Australian Government's careful comments

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 546 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 543 days.
Bradley Manning has been imprisoned without trial for 740 days.
A secret Grand Jury has been active in the U.S. without transparency for 626 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WLFriends sign-up is now available in 12 different languages.
  • Salon's Glenn Greenwald wrote an article reminding people of what WikiLeaks has done, the risks they face, and why we must not allow the organization nor its founder to be prosecuted for espionage.
  • WikiLeaks Press published an analysis of media coverage by country of the Global Intelligence Files.

Julian Assange News:

  • The twitter account @JulianAssange_, which has over 60,000 followers, is fake and not associated with Julian Assange or WikiLeaks in any way. Mr Assange has commented it is run by someone in Latin America and is being used to sell products.

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  • The next episode of "The World Tomorrow" will be on the topic of 'Cypherpunks' and feature Jacob Appelbaum, Jérémie Zimmermann, and Andy Müller-Maguhn. The episode airs on RT Tuesday, June 5, at 12:30PM London time.
  • Transcript of "The World Tomorrow" Episode 7: Occupy is now available.
  • An article in Sydney Morning Herald analysed Australian politicians' careful choice of words when discussing whether the U.S. has plans to charge Julian Assange. The subject was also discussed on ABC's The Drum. Watch the segment below.
  • WikiLeaks put out a statement regarding Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr and the lack of assistance for Julian Assange. Here is the full text:

    Bob Carr hopes to manipulate the Australian public. In the last 12 months the Australian government has provided no legal, financial or logistical assistance or advice to Mr. Assange, whatsoever. There is a reason that Bob Carr will not explain what he means by "consular assistance". In the last year it has meant sending DFAT minders to Assange's hearings the minders do not communicate their observations to Mr. Assange or his legal team. They do not even say hello. Their job is to provide the Minister of Foreign Affairs with a heads up, so he can better spin to the Australian public. Similarly, according to the SMH, when DFAT asked Washington for info on US extradition plans, it was only within the explicitly stated context of knowing prior to the media. Not knowing in time to assist Mr. Assange or with a view to assist Mr. Assange. But knowing with a view on how to manipulate the Australian public.

  • Christine Assange was on ABC Radio discussing how the Australian Government has been of no assistance to her son.
  • Worldwide rallies took place in support of Julian Assange. Here is some coverage of the rallies:
    • WSWS covered many of the rallies which took place around Australia. They also interviewed protesters about why they were out supporting WIkiLeaks and Julian Assange.
    • Green Left Weekly released a 50 minute video covering the large protest in Sydney.
    • Former Guantanamo prisoner David Hicks spoke in support of Julian Assange at the Sydney Rally.
    • Daniel Mathews gave a speech at the Melbourne rally for Julian Assange about the beginning of WikiLeaks, how far it has come, and the continued global struggle for justice.
    • ABC Radio reported on the Townsville rally and interviewed Ciaron O'Reilly at the Brisbane rally.
    • A report of the London vigil full of photos was published by Wise Up for Bradley Manning.
    • The WikiLeaks Truck and WikiLeaks Racecar drove around New York for the rally there.
  • The Australian Socialist Equality Party (SEP) will hold meetings focused on defending Julian Assange on June 10 in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. For times and locations, please see the article at WSWS.
  • John Pilger was interviewed outside the Supreme Court after Julian Assange's verdict was handed down. Watch the video below.
  • NYTeXaminer discovered that The New York Times removed over 50% of its article about Julian Assange's Supreme Court verdict without any explanation or notice. The deleted portions falsely stated that Mr Assange is charged, that he fled Sweden, and that the women accusing him were WikiLeaks volunteers. The deleted portions also go on to attack WikiLeaks' relevance.
  • Head of Legal wrote an analysis on Julian Assange's Supreme Court verdict, focusing on the rare application to reopen the case which hasn't been since since the Pinochet case of the 1990s.
  • Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman wrote an article about the ruling in Julian Assange's extradition case, drawing attention to the work WikiLeaks has done and the death threats that Mr Assange has faced.
  • Oscar Swartz authored a new book, "A Brief History of Swedish Sex: How the Nation that Gave Us Free Love Redefined Rape and Declared War on Julian Assange," which is available for purchase as an e-book from Amazon.

Bradley Manning News:

  • WikiLeaks stated that they have yet to receive access to Bradley Manning's court documents, but the court ruled that they could challenge the secrecy and compelled a response from the Government. This is regarding a lawsuit they filed alongside the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • U.S. Justice Party presidential nominee Rocky Anderson stated, if he were president, he would pardon Bradley Manning and ensure whistleblowers received proper protection. Watch video of his statement below.
  • Greg Mitchell published an excerpt from his and Kevin Gosztola's new book about Bradley Manning on the occasion of Bradley having spent 2 years in jail without trial.


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