As I’ve done for more than eight weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on some of my books here.
UPDATE: Go to Friday’s blog here.
7:50 FBI serves 40 warrants throughout U.S. looking for "hacktavists" who may have attacked sites to help WikiLeaks. "The FBI statement announcing the search warrants was the first indication that the U.S. intends to prosecute the so-called "hacktivists" for their actions in support of WikiLeaks."
6:10 Ret. Gen. Stanley McChrystal offers his own take on Wikileaks’ release of military reports and State Department cables at the Net-Centric Warfare Conference. He says he hates how there are a bunch of people who want to "pull back" on information-sharing and WikiLeaks provides justification for that. He does not want government agencies to stop sharing information. And, he calls release of cables "unconscionable" cause WikiLeaks is unable to "evaluate that information" and understand what damage it might do to U.S. troops.
5:30 Nancy Youssef of McClatchy: Probe finds Army was warned not to deploy Bradley Manning to Iraq. Heads may roll. "Pfc. Bradley Manning’s direct supervisor warned that Manning had thrown chairs at colleagues and shouted at higher-ranking soldiers in the year he was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., and advised that Manning shouldn’t be sent to Iraq, where his job would entail accessing classified documents through the Defense Department’s computer system."
2:30 Barrett Brown at The Guardian finds it "ironic" that Anonymous activists were arrested today when those type of people helped aid the revolt in Tunisia at least in a small way.
2:22 Defense Department building database "to cull traffic from networks across government and other sectors, which will participate on a voluntary basis, to develop a fuller view of online threats." And to presumably discourage future individuals from sending information to WikiLeaks.
1:48 Hacktivist group Anonymous writes UK government an open letter in response to the arrest of five of the group’s members: "It has come to our attention that you deemed it necessary to arrest five of our fellow anons for their participation in the DDoS attacks against PayPal, Mastercard, and others, that have been carried out in our name in retaliation for those organisations’ actions against WikiLeaks…Anonymous believes, however, that pursuing this direction is a sad mistake on your behalf. Not only does it reveal the fact that you do not seem to understand the present-day political and technological reality, we also take this as a serious declaration of war from yourself, the UK government, to us, Anonymous, the people."