Saturday, March 19, 2011

Thousands Turn Out To Support Julian Assange And WikiLeaks

By Jerry Smith Mar 19 2011

Over 2000 people came to the Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday March 16 to see Independent journalist John Pilger, Independent federal MP Andrew Wilkie and civil liberties’ lawyer Julian Burnside speak at the 'Breaking Australia's Silence: WikiLeaks and Freedom' event and to show their support for Australian citizen Julian Assange, WikiLeaks and freedom.

Mary Kostakidis moderated the event which was put together and sponsored by The Sydney Peace Foundation, the City of Sydney, Sydney City Council, Getup and Amnesty International.

Friday, March 18, 2011

US State Department Official Philip Crowley Forced To Resign After Criticizing Treatment Of Manning

By Jerry Smith Mar 18 2011

Philip J. Crowley (PJ), the US state department’s chief spokesperson and assistant secretary of state for public affairs, was forced to resigned Sunday after he made comments to a small audience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday condemning the conditions US soldier Bradley Manning is being kept in.

Manning is accused of leaking the embarrassing diplomatic cables, the classified documents about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and the 'Collateral Murder' video to WikiLeaks and is being is held at the Quantico marine corps base in solitary confinement 23 hours a day in a windowless 6-by-12-foot cell, shackled and forced to sleep naked due to supposed fears that he may commit suicide.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Julian Assange Appears At The Cambridge Union Society

By Jerry Smith Mar 16 2011

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is still under house arrest, appeared last night and spoke to members of the Cambridge Union Society at Cambridge University. The Cambridge Union Society, or more commonly referred to as "the Cambridge Union" or "the Union," is a debating society founded in 1815. It is the largest society at the University of Cambridge, one of the oldest student debating societies in the world, and has developed a worldwide reputation as a symbol of free speech and open debate.

Over 700 students showed up at the Union to see Assange, who was making his first public appearance in months, besides court dates. Some people waited over 2 hours for the doors to open. No journalists except student journalists from the university's two papers were allowed in, organizers kept the rest out.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Julian Assange Confronts Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard : Video

By Jerry Smith Mar 15 2011

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard appeared on ABC's Q&A program and was surprised when WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange confronted her via video tape about her breaking pre-election promises and if she has been exchanging information about Australian citizens or WikiLeaks employees with foreign countries.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Anonymous Supports Bradley Manning

By Jerry Smith Mar 14 2011

While Julian Assange and WikiLeaks still haven't released their cache of secret documents, supposedly significant enough to "take down a bank or two", from the hard drive of a U.S. megabank executive, the internet group known as Anonymous has obtained documents they say will be released that pertain to the issue of whether Bank of America (BofA) has improperly foreclosed on homes and documents that expose "corruption and fraud" at BofA.

Anonymous has previously engaged in damaging denial of service attacks on major American corporations Pay Pal, Mastercard and Visa because they removed the ability for users to donate to Wikileaks via their services, and now they have set their sites on the families of the soldiers at the Quantico marine corps base to show their support for US soldier Bradley Manning.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

David Leigh Calls Julian Assange Reckless And Ethically Shallow

By Jerry Smith Mar 13 2011

David Leigh, a journalist from The Guardian who co-authored the book 'WikiLeaks : Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy' with fellow journalist from The Guardian Luke Harding was asked to name an important story in his life, and without skipping a beat Leigh said:
“WikiLeaks is the biggest scoop in journalistic history, there is no debate about that.”

“It’s attracted attention from more than 100 countries, and it’s also melodramatic because you have one individual in Julian pitting himself against the U.S. government.”