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WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning

The whistleblowing website WikiLeaks said it was suspending publishing classified US diplomatic files to focus on fundraising “to ensure our future survival”.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange said that because of a financial “blockade” mounted by Visa, Mastercard and other companies, it was “now forced to temporarily suspend its publishing operations and aggressively fundraise”. He said the blockade “has cost the organization tens of millions of dollars in lost donations at a time of unprecedented operational costs”.

In a press conference in London, Assange condemned the blockade as politically motivated and linked to the website’s release of tens of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables.

Meanwhile, Juan Mendez, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture, confirmed that the Department of Defense has blocked his requests for an unmonitored meeting with PFC Bradley Manning, the accused WikiLeaks whistle-blower.

“The Special Rapporteur’s report on Bradley Manning’s conditions of confinement unfortunately won’t be complete so long as the Obama administration prevents them from having a private conversation,” said Kevin Zeese, a legal adviser with the Bradley Manning Support Network. “The administration owes an explanation to the American people why they won’t let a U.N. official investigate evidence of Eighth Amendment violations committed against a U.S. citizen.”

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2 Responses to “WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning”

  1. […] it was temporarily stopping publication to raise funds in order to stay afloat in the wake of a financial blockade by banks, Assange said, “If this financial attack stands unchallenged, a dangerous, oppressive and […]

  2. […] Assange’s Swedish case began, WikiLeaks has struggled. The website, launched in 2006, has had financial problems. In October, Assange said that it would stop publishing until the group could raise more money. […]


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