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11:20 Big NYT story tonight: U.S. warning, or even moving, a few hundred people, from officials to activists, it claims may be in danger due to be named in cables. But "Administration officials said they were not aware of anyone who has been attacked or imprisoned as a direct result of information in the 2,700 cables that have been made public to date."
The State Department "is mainly concerned about the cables that have yet to be published or posted on Web sites — nearly 99 percent of the archive of 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks. With cables continuing to trickle out, they said, protecting those identified will be a complex, delicate and long-term undertaking. The State Department said it had combed through a majority of the quarter-million cables and distributed many to embassies for review by diplomats there"
9:40 I noted down below upcoming book from The Guardian called "The End of Secrecy" with surprising subtitle, "The Rise and Fall of Wikileaks." It’s on sale for February at Amazon on both U.S. and U.K. sites and now I’ve found it at another but with more distant pub date. Anyone have any idea why they would declare "fall"?
8:20 Right-wing Michael Gerson of Wash Post with hysterical attack on Assange based on the Zimbadwe cables — the results of which much in dispute by others. Gerson writes: "Assange has chosen the side of Mugabe, apparently without regret. He has provided ammunition to a tyrant as surely as if he were an arms dealer. And he calls America an enemy of democracy."
8:00 MSNBC.com: Protests Mount Over Treatment of Manning.
8:15 Is the latest WikiLeaks doc dump did nothing but bring full Ambassador April Glaspie 1990 memo out it would be valuable. Foreign Policy explains why. "… on the charge that she could have deterred Saddam from invading Kuwait by using sterner language during that much-debated meeting, she is certainly innocent."
6:15 Wow, leave it to the Norway paper Aftenposten to finally settle this silly matter. First, hats off to them for picking up ball dropped by The Guardian — taking requests from readers to search the 250,000 cables for everything on one specific, perhaps, esoteric, issue. I’ve mentioned before that UFO fans have had a field day for over a month, ever since Assange in an interview said offhandedly, yeah, there are some UFO references in the cables. Since then, rumors (in that crowd) have run rampant. So Aftenposten searched and found…exactly 16 mentions. Love this: Some simply referred to organizations with names abbreviated as UFO. Others were completely trivial.