5 December 2012

WikiLeaks has been financially blockaded without process for 734 days.
Julian Assange has been detained without charge for 731 days. 
 – 169 days at the Ecuadorian Embassy.
Bradley Manning has been in jail without trial for 926 days.  
Jeremy Hammond has been in prison without trial for 277 days. 
A secret Grand Jury on WikiLeaks has been active for 812 days.
WikiLeaks News:
  • Today Julian Assange gave a presentation to the European Parliament S&D party seminar regarding corruption revealed through WikiLeaks cables. A recorded livestream of the event, which included members from WikiLeaks media partner Bivol,.bg, is available.
  • According to journalist Andrew Fowler, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was tipped-off about the contents of Cablegate in advance, prompting her to make the false claim that WikiLeaks acted “illegally”.
  • WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson was interviewed by Voice of Russia about the mixed signals from the European Union regarding the banking blockade against WikiLeaks. He also discussed Julian Assange’s asylum and Jeremy Hammond’s case.

Julian Assange News:

  • The Huffington Post wrote an article about how the ebook version of Julian Assange’s “Cypherpunks” is not being sold through Amazon, but through an alternative site reKiosk.
  • FAIR published an analysis of CNN’s Erin Bunett’s interview of Julian Assange and the battle over press freedom.

Bradley Manning News:

  • The New York Times is under fire for its failure to attend Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearings. NYTeXaminer wrote a two-part series on its lack of coverage, and NYT’s own public editor wrote an piece saying they should have a reporter at the hearings. Back in September 2011, Julian Assange also spoke of NYT’s poor treatment of its sources or alleged sources, including PFC Manning.
  • Bradley Manning’s pretrial hearings continued today. Here are some developments, via Kevin Gosztola’s live-blog at Firedoglake.
    • CWO5 Abel Galaviz testified that there might have been “unnecessary command influence” in the reviews of PFC Manning’s custody status.
    • MSGT Papakie testified about detainees who had been downgraded from MAX and POI status, unlike PFC Manning.
    • Judge Lind noted that video footage from January 18, 2011 vindicated PFC Manning’s claim that he expressed desire to come off of POI status.
  • During a hearing of the Sunlight Foundation’s Advisory Committee on Transparency, John Gerstein of Politico spoke about the immense secrecy surrounding Bradley Manning’s legal proceedings.

Categories: Banking Blockade, Bulgaria, Cablegate, Cypherpunks, Daily Posts, EU, Hearing (CM), Jeremy Hammond, Julia Gillard, New York Times, NYT eXaminer