As I’ve done for the previous  weeks, I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all day.  All times added at top are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

UPDATE   Go to the Tuesday edition of this here.

11:10  Another interesting Assange Q & A, this time with paper in India.  Among other things, he stresses that he is publisher and editor, not a crusader (so he gets those rights); he doesn’t regret a single document release; and that there’s plenty of bad stuff in the cables about Israel but you’d never know it from the NYT, which limits its criticism of Israel.  Closes with this: "Do you expect your life to return to normal anytime soon?  Oh, I do hope not. What do you mean? We only live once. So, it is good to do something that is important and productive"

10:20  New from Sorkin in NYT:  Wikileaks’ promised dump of docs on major bank has banks nervous –but also regulators. "Inside the Securities and Exchange Commission, the organization is bracing for a public outcry, according to people who have recently spoken with some high-ranking officials about the prospect of a WikiLeaks release of bank documents…..Indeed, legal experts say that if evidence emerged of shady dealings, the biggest problem regulators may face would be explaining to the public why they had not brought charges against a bank."  

9:30  In another interview, with El Pais, Assange reveals that he lost a tooth while in prison, when he bit into a piece of metal on his plate.  He claims that it was soon removed from the cell, probably to destroy evidence that such a thing happened, and jokes, "It will soon be for sale on eBay."

9:25  More the TImes of London interview with Assange, behind pay wall but quoted from here.    With some irony, he hits the leak of details form his sex case to The Guardian, saying that the paper selectively picked some parts and ignored others.   And as for U.S. prosecution:  "Mr.  Assange said that he believed that the US situation would ‘turn around absolutely’ as a groundswell of favourable opinion grew in America. ‘The people in power are organised and were able to respond quickly,’ he said. ‘But numerically they are not that strong and our support in the general population is tremendous.’"

9:20  Assange gives big interview to Times of London–but it’s behind paywall–hed says he "turns on friends." Earlier, however, the interviewer (see below), leaked that Assange said he had enough docs to make bank bosses quit in USA, and denied being promiscuous but "I really like women."

9:00  New entries at my #AssangeBook for titles for his memoir, reportedly sold today to Knopf:   "Leak House," "East of Sweden," "Gone With the Send,"  "As Y9u Leak It’  "Bradley and the Cable Factory,"  "The Spy who Came In From the Cloud," "The Leaks of Wrath," "A Manning for All Seasons." 

6:06 At  #AssangeBook on Twitter, I suggested as title for Assange memoir (see below) "The Secrets Sharer." Now someone proposed "The Hoarse Whisperer."  I see you that, and raise you a "The Manning Without a Country."

5:40 News leaks:  Assange to write memoir for prestigious Alfred A. Knopf in U.S. and Canongate in UK.   But will he get a TLC show? Will be fun if publishers tries to embargo the book.

4:30  Alexi Mostrous of the Times of London tweets: "had long face-to-face interview with #assange today…says he has enough material to make bosses of a major US bank resign." Also: "Asked if he is promiscuous he replies: ‘No, I just really like women.’"  Interview appears tomorrow. 

4:10  SantaLeaks.  But a Palin alert when flying over Alaska?

3:50 A Holiday Sampler of WikiLeaks, the gift that keeps on giving, from TruthOut.

2:55  David E. Coombs, attorney for Bradley Manning, got a lot of attentiion this past weekend (including here) with his first full account of his client’s grim day-to-day conditions.  It was posted at his blog, but now he is also on Twitter, here.   Latest tweet: "The first book sent by Brad’s family was rejected by the Quantico confinement facility due to not being previously approved."

2:50 We linked to this article when it was at the Geman magazine Focus but now it is at The Atlantic: Jaron Lanier’s take on "The Hazards of Nerd Supremacy" and WikiLeaks. "The degree of sympathy in tech circles for both Wikileaks and Anonymous has surprised me. The most common take seems to be that the world needs cyber-pranksters to keep old-school centers of power, like governments and big companies, in check. Cyber-activists are perceived to be the underdogs, flawed and annoying, perhaps, but standing up to overbearing power.  It doesn’t seem so to me."

2:05  Check the #mooreandme hashtag at Twitter for response to Olbermann comments below.

1:15  Keith Olbermann with lengthy tweet today:  "I endorse, sympathize with, and empathize with, the rape consciousness goals of #mooreandme, and have already apologized accordingly. But I cannot defend and will not accept their tactics which mirror so many of the attitudes and threats they fight. I do not know of what Julian Assange is guilty, if anything, and neither does anybody else. But given the extraordinary efforts by Sweden to extradite him, to say he is benefiting from some form of rape apologism is not fact-based. It is also unfair to condemn as anti-feminist those who merely address the juxtaposition of this prosecution to the fact that Assange threatens the secret and nefarious activities of dozens of governments. And I will not engage those who suggest that those who do not prioritize one issue to the exclusion of all others should succumb to forced financial contributions, or should ‘kill themselves’ (examples of each will be retweeted shortly, along with my previous apology). The #mooreandme attacks do not help those who fight against rape, they hurt them. And indeed they feature something larger than anti-feminist. This is, to use a clunky phrase, anti-personism."

Olbermann later noted what he calls a "previous apology" from Dec. 16:  "Rape has touched my family, directly and savagely, and if anybody thinks I have addressed it without full sensitivity, then that assessment is the one that counts, and I apologize. But these accusations that I ‘revealed’" an accuser’s identity by retweeting Bianca Jagger’s link, or that I ‘shamed’ an accuser by asking a question about the prosecution of a man governments are trying to bury, or that I do not ‘understand’ charges that have yet to be presented in their final form, reflect exactly the kind of rushing to judgment of which I’m accused, and merit the same kind of apology I have just given."

12:20  Federal Times:  Pentagon installed alarm software in 2008  that might have tipped them to invasion that led to WikiLeaks but failed to activate.

12:10 Democracy Now! posts part II of its Naomi Wolf-Jacklyn Friedman debate on Assange sex case.

11:50  Scott Gant at Salon on why Assange IS a journalist and deserves First Amendment protections.

11:35  Olbermann not backing off, as he tweets:  :FYI there will be a tweet (and some retweets) later today about the #mooreandme spectacle."  Plus:  An open letter in reply to Michael Moore from Sweden. 

10:55  Assange hits back at Joe Biden comparing him to "high-tech terrorist."   And says he is victim of "high-tech arrest."  

10:45 Vanity Fair take on Daily Mail’s gossipy account of Assange sex life promises in headline to show picture of US journalist in question—and instead simply carries another old shot of Assange.

10:40  The Guardian is continuing its special feature, whereby readers request info on specific people or events from the still-unpublished 250,000 cables. 

10:20  Democracy Now! hosts debate between Naomi Wolf and  Jaclyn Friedman on the sexual allegations against Julian Assange.   Wolf claims the state is "pimping feminism."  Here is a critique of Wolf’s comments on the show.

10:15  Newly-released, but previously hinted at, cable shows Israel cooperating with Abbas vs. Hamas during Gaza attacks.  Getting lot of attention. "The disclosure could embarrass Abbas and his Fatah movement, which Hamas has always accused of working with the Israelis."

9:30 Re-posting from yesterday: Some people are fantasizing about a Julian Assange sit-down with Jon Stewart (via satellite).  Have they forgotten his meeting with Stephen Colbert earlier this year after the "Collateral Murder" video?  Stephen takes unusually serious approach, and with usual pro-military stance. Even challenges Assange: Have you ever served in the military? But later jokes: "Haven’t you heard,  ignorance is bliss?" 

8:55 New from Glenn Greenwald:  He hails latest installment of the Dana Priest-Bill Arkin "Top Secret America" series at Wash Post, notes improper surveillance and adds,  "what makes all of this particularly ominous is that—as the WikiLeaks conflict demonstrates—this all takes place next to an always-expanding wall of secrecy behind which the Government’s own conduct is hidden from public view."  Later he takes shot at Biden yesterday likening Assange to a "high-tech terrorist," observing that Biden backed our Iraq invasion while Assange has never ordered deaths of anyone.

8:50  Keith Olbermann, who bailed out of Twitter last week under attack by those who felt he was not taking rape charges against Assange seriously (he disputes this) tweets "I’m back." 

8:15  Evgeny Morozov tweets:  "Good to know that the New York Post can still produce catchy headlines! Life’s a breach, Julian’"

8:00  Well, there’s already been one surprising positive coming out of the Assange court case in theUK — a chief justice has now approved last week’s experiment for wide use in the future—that is, okaying reporters tweeting, texting and emailing in covering trials.

7:55 Just catching up to this: Foreign Policy reviews all of the new "whistleblowing" sites spawned by WikiLeaks.

From late yesterday: 

NBC Nightly News tonight visits Bradley Manning’s hometown.  A former Marine says he should be executed.  Others are not much more sympathetic.  Lester Holt suggests some feel that DADT might have contributed to the gay Manning decision to leak.  Here’s the transcript at rightwing site Newsbusters.

Great Guardian piece on cables depicting global effort to keep nuclear genie in the bottle and combat smugglers etc.  "The leaked cables tell hair-raising tales of casks of uranium found in wicker baskets in Burundi, a retired Russian general offering to sell "uranium plates" in Portugal, and a radioactive Armenian car on the Georgian border."

Useful Foreign Policy summary of what cables have shown beyond big name countries and allies—the various "failed states" and those off the radar.  And how the cables may change things.

Claim by attorney at Huff Post that the man behind Sweden going after Assange is ….Karl Rove.

Shocking cables from this past January on Yemeni security of nuclear stockpile—guard missing, security camera broken.  "A senior government official in Yemen warned US diplomats that poor security at the country’s main store of radioactive products could allow dangerous material to fall into the hands of terrorists, according to a leaked US embassy cable."

Cables show US pressured Australia to take admit one of Saddam’s biological weapons scientists —  Aussies refused.


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