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Report – Free Manning & Protect Assange

After over two years in prison awaiting trial for allegedly leaking information revealing US war crimes to the organisation WikiLeaks, PFC Bradley Manning is again in front of a US military judge for another pre-trial motion hearing.

Today, in solidarity with Manning, 25 people gathered in London’s Grosvenor Square to face the US Embassy in silence. Afterwards information was exchanged on the current state of play in the Manning case, Julian Assanges position as it stands and possible future action which will be publicised once dates are set.

We then walked from the US Embassy to the Ecuadorian Embassy where WikiLeaks editor Julian Assange has sought political asylum.

People stood for Assange for a couple of hours despite the poor weather.

When people are subjected to persecution for resisting war it is our duty to support these people in any way we can. “Offering support by our physical presence on the streets is a simple and effective act of solidarity.”

A daily vigil has taken place outside the Ecuadorian Embassy since Assange sought refuge there almost a month ago. Please drop by if you are passing through London.

  • Stefan Gillies 17/07/2012, 19:19
  • Stefan Gillies 18/07/2012, 16:19

    WikiLeaks Nearly Out of Cash

    WikiLeaks’ cash reserves have fallen from €800,000 in December 2010 to less than €100,000 at the end of June.
    In the first six months of 2012 it spent €246,600 while collecting donations of just €32,800.
    WikiLeaks’ bank balance soared at the end of 2010, shortly after the site released its most high-profile U.S. government documents, including thousands of files on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the site’s finances steadily deteriorated over 2011, as WikiLeaks took in donations of €139,400 while spending €660,500, according to a 2011 financial report released Wednesday by Germany’s Wau Holland Foundation.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304039104577534472701600002.html

  • Stefan Gillies 01/08/2012, 18:44

    “The Swedish authorities have rejected an offer to interview WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in the embassy in London where he is seeking political asylum.The Ecuadorian Embassy offered to facilitate a meeting in a bid to break the deadlock over his future.
    Mr Assange took refuge in the embassy in June as he fought to avoid being deported to Sweden where he is wanted for questioning over allegations of sex offences, which he denies.Mr Assange fears he will be extradited to the United States if he travels to Sweden.
    He faces arrest if he leaves the embassy, close to the Harrods store in Knightsbridge.Sources said the Swedish prosecutor refused to interview Mr Assange in London after the offer was made last week, without giving a reason.”

    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/uk/sweden-rejects-assange-quiz-offer-16192505.html#ixzz22JzVioWd

    “In 2009, Correa closed a US military base, renounced Ecuador’s national debt and joined the Bolivarian Alternative for the Americas (Alba) created by the Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez as a counterweight to western influence in Latin America, alongside Cuba, Nicaragua and Bolivia…Ecuador has also given diplomatic support to Iran in its standoff with the west over its nuclear programme. Correa visited Tehran in 2008 and announced the opening of embassies in each other’s countries, while building up defence cooperation with Iran.”

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/19/julian-assange-haven-choice-ecuador