6 August 2013

Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 974 days. 
 – 414 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in prison without sentencing for 1168 days.  
- 28 days into court martial.
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without sentencing for 520 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 1053 days.

WikiLeaks News:

  • WikiLeaks released 4,592 Stratfor emails on Ethiopia, including 8 sensitive emails.
  • An article in Huffington Post discusses the impact of WikiLeaks and other whistleblowers on Latin America.
  • CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou wrote on the Obama Administration’s abuse of the Espionage Act, equating it to “modern-day McCarthyism”.
  • An article in FAIR discusses Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ purchase of The Washington Post in relation to WikiLeaks, noting Amazon’s 2010 decision to remove WikiLeaks from its servers after US Senators called for retaliation.

Julian Assange News:

  • In an hour-long interview with SBS, Julian Assange discussed topics including the Obama Administration’s war on the press, U.S. intelligence, Edward Snowden, and his Senate run.
  • The author of the top-voted OurSay question to Julian Assange will win a trip to London to meet Mr Assange in person.
  • Australian FM Bob Carr was asked a user-voted question regarding the lack of Australian Government assistance to Julian Assange. He responded that the Government has “no standing” in the issue.
  • Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Julian Assange in DreamWorks’ film “The Fifth Estate”, said that he doesn’t want to upset Mr Assange with his portrayal commenting, “I hope if I’ve done well, I’ve probably humanized someone that many people only think of in tabloid headline terms.”

Bradley Manning News:

  • Today was the twenty-eighth day of Bradley Manning’s trial. It is currently in the sentencing phase, which may last until the end of August. Transcripts of all hearings are available through the Freedom of the Press Foundation. 
    • Bradley Manning’s maximum sentence has been lowered from 136 to 90 years after the judge accepted some motions by the defense to merge similar counts.
    • In a closed portion of the hearing, military commanders testified about the impact of WikiLeaks’ releases on U.S.-Pakistan relations.
    • Nathan Fuller tweeted Defense Secretary Robert Gates’ memo ordering the Info Review Task Force to prepare for and mitigate WikiLeaks’ releases.
    • For further coverage see Kevin Gosztola’s live-blog and Bradley Manning Support Network’s write-up.
  • WikiLeaks lawyer Michael Ratner appeared on Law and Disorder Radio where he discussed Bradley Manning’s verdict and his belief that PFC Manning should have never been tried in the first place.
  • Filmmaker Michael Moore wrote about what Bradley Manning’s sentence will tell us about the military justice system, noting the short prison times for soldiers involved in Abu Ghraib and the Haditha Massacre.

WikiLeaks Party News:

  • Dr. Binoy Kampmark
    Dr. Binoy Kampmark

    Victoria candidate Julian Assange stated he would offer a secure way for Australian Senators to pass information about corruption, should he be elected to the Senate.

  • Julian Assange will be answering questions in the live Fairfax Media Election Hangout, August 7 at 12:30PM (AEST).

Categories: Bob Carr, Daily Posts, Ethiopia, GI Files, Interview (JA), John Kiriakou, Latin America, Michael Moore, Senate Run (JA), Stratfor, The Fifth Estate, Trial (CM), War on Whistleblowers