As I’ve done for more than 13 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. You can contact me at email@example.com, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, just updated to early February, in print or an e-book.
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9:30 Lot of response to new Manning charges at FireDogLake from Marcy Wheeler, quotes from charge sheet on aiding "enemy," and Manning friends and visitor David House compared harsh charges to what Nixon admin did to Ellsberg.
9:25 NYT piece on new Manning charges finds some new details in the full "charge sheet," including allegations of when he used software, more on "the enemy" — but not explaining if WikiLeaks the enemy, or Iraqi insurgents, terrorists, or what.
7:55 On new Manning charges, Wired’s Threat Level makes key point re: Assange, even though no Manning direct link to Assange yet found: "The capital offense charge could have an impact on the extradition case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is currently battling attempts to extradite him from England to face sex-crime allegations in Sweden. Assange’s attorneys have argued that if extradited to Sweden, the U.S. could seek to extradite him to this country, where he could be charged with a capital offense.
"The assertion was considered an exaggeration at the time since even Manning himself was not facing a capital offense. But the issue is sure to figure more prominently now in Assange’s appeal of UK court’s extradition order."
6:20 @Wikileaks responds to new Manning charges by suggesting that key "aiding the enemy" claim actually asserts that WikiLeaks itself is the enemy. British journalist Alexi Mostrous seems to agree in his latest tweet: "By charging #Manning, US asserts that wikileaks, a publisher, is an enemy. Sets dangerous precedent for other media."
5:30 Bradley Manning’s lawyer responds to new charges (see below) at his blog. Also, separate take on easily the most serious charge: "aiding the enemy." He quotes from Article 104: “Intelligence” means any helpful information, given to and received by the enemy, which is true, at least in part…. “Enemy” includes (not only) organized opposing forces in time of war(but also any other hostile body that our forces may be opposing)…."
5:00 NBC reports that following a 7-month investigation, the Army today filed 22 additional charges against Bradley Manning. Includes hyper-significant "aiding the enemy." But chooses not to press for death penalty. UPDATE from full NBC story: No mention of WikiLeaks in charges at all. Life in prison recommended but judge could rule for death penalty. Pentagon says informants names released, most rounded up for proetection, some not found yet. "Pentagon and military officials also report that investigators have made no direct link between Manning and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange."