10:00 New from Charlie Savage at NYT: Not a shock, but full report on how DOJ hopes to build case against Assange by trying to find links between him and Bradley Manning in helping to get the material for leakage." If he did so, they believe they could charge him as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the documents who then published them.
"Among materials prosecutors are studying is an online chat log in which Private Manning is said to claim that he had been directly communicating with Mr. Assange using an encrypted Internet conferencing service as the soldier was downloading government files. Private Manning is also said to have claimed that Mr. Assange gave him access to a dedicated server for uploading some of them to WikiLeaks"
8:40 Finally, WikiLeaks cables get to … a BP oil accident. New from The Guardian tonight.
6:45 Shocker from The Guardian: It was UK prosecutors, not Swedish who wanted to appeal bail for Assange. "It had been widely thought Sweden had made the decision to oppose bail, with the CPS acting merely as its representative. But today the Swedish prosecutor’s office told the Guardian it had "not got a view at all on bail" and that Britain had made the decision to oppose bail. Lawyers for Assange reacted to the news with shock." Hearing tomorrow.
4:20 Huff Post with a little bit of a followup on Greenwald’s probe of Braldey Manning’s incarceration.
4:10 And now, an attack on Michael Moore for providing bail to Assange and thereby not taking rape charges seriously.
4:05 Still wondering about NYT rarely covering the cables now: retreating under pressure? all the really good stuff already published? working on big scoops right now? not enough staffing to dive into the quarter million cables left? Your guess?
3:55 New from top org Human Rights Watch: Don’t prosecute Assange. Letter from them to Obama and Holder. Reason: "as this would imperil media freedom everywhere… Human Rights Watch urged the US government to reject overbroad interpretations of national security that clash with the freedom of expression guarantees of the US Constitution and international law." HRW also hits companies that cut off service for WIkiLeaks and gov’t agencies blocking employees from access to sites.