Saturday, February 19, 2011

Rudolf Elmer Appeal Turned Down

By Jerry Smith Feb 19 2011

Former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer has had one of his appeals turned down according to his lawyer Ganden Tethong, a partner at law firm Tethong Blattner.

Tethong said:
"The Court of Appeals of the Canton of Zurich dismissed the appeal of Rudolf Elmer against the decision of the Court responsible for Coercive Measures dated January 22, 2011. Rudolf Elmer will therefore remain in custody for the time being."

Friday, February 18, 2011

Gingrich Says Assange Engaged in Terrorism: Video

By Jerry Smith Feb 18 2011

Newt Gingrich has said that Julian Assange "should be treated as an enemy combatant and WikiLeaks should be closed down permanently and decisively".

"Information terrorism, which leads to people getting killed is terrorism. And Julian Assange is engaged in terrorism,"Gingrich said.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Peter King Re-Introduces Bill Aimed At Prosecuting WikiLeaks

By Jerry Smith Feb 17 2011

Republican Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York, and chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security Peter King re-introduced a bill aimed at prosecuting WikiLeaks and other sources of leaked information.

The bill known as 'The Shield Act' (The Securing Human Intelligence and Enforcing Lawful Dissemination Act), or H.R. 703, would modify the Espionage Act to make publishing classified information "concerning the identity of a classified source or informant of an element of the intelligence community" an act of espionage.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Twitter WikiLeaks Information Hand Over Case Waits For Decision

By Jerry Smith Feb 16 2011

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa Buchanan had ordered Twitter to give U.S. investigators the data they had on subscribers “associated with WikiLeaks,” including WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, the U.S. soldier charged with leaking classified information, Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, US computer researcher Jacob Appelbaum, and Dutch volunteer for WikiLeaks Rop Gonggrijp.

Today, during the hour long hearing she heard a challenge to that order, but made no decision and said that she would issue a written opinion when she had made a decision.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Judge To Hear Arguments Into Twitter WikiLeaks Information Hand Over

By Jerry Smith Feb 15 2011

A federal judge will be hearing arguments Tuesday on a court order handed down in December ordering Twitter to hand over the information it has on Icelandic parliamentarian Birgitta Jonsdottir, US computer researcher Jacob Appelbaum, and Dutch volunteer for WikiLeaks Rop Gonggrijp.

The court order was unsealed February 9 to allow Twitter to notify Jonsdottir, Appelbaum, and Gonggrijp and give them the opportunity to appeal the decision.

Christine Assange Demands Kevin Rudd Protect Her Son Or Resign

By Jerry Smith Feb 15 2011

Christine Assange, Julian Assange's mother, has delivered an eight page hand-written letter to Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd's electoral office. The letter highlights what she calls the injustices of the case against her son and demands that Rudd intervene on behalf of her son or resign.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Assange To Appear On ABC 1 Program Four Corners Monday

By Jerry Smith Feb 14 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was interviewed by Quentin McDermott in England last month for ABC 1's Four Corners program. It is scheduled to air Monday night.

In the interview Assange talks about wanting to return to Australia, his bail conditions and much more.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Assange On SBS Dateline And WikiLeaks Documentary To Air Sunday : Video

By Jerry Smith Feb 13 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sits down with Dateline's Mark Davis to talk about Australia, the many unflattering books being written about him and much more. The program is scheduled to air Sunday night on SBS.

Also Scheduled to air Sunday night on the Discovery Channel is 'WikiLeaks: War, Lies and Videotape', a hard-hitting documentary directed by investigative reporters Paul Moreira and Luc Hermann. The documentary includes interviews with Assange and other WikiLeaks journalists including Daniel Domscheit-Berg, who left and started rival site OpenLeaks.