11:30 How the Grinchy WikiLeaks Stole Christmas.
10:05 Air Force blocking access to news outlets, such as NYT and The Guardian, carrying WikiLeaks cables. The Guardian: “At least 25 sites that have posted WikiLeaks files had been barred, said Major Toni Tones of the US air force’s space command in Colorado. Tones said the action was taken in accordance with a policy that “routinely blocks air force network access to websites hosting inappropriate materials”. According to the Wall Street Journal, staff who attempt to access the blocked sites instead see an on-screen message saying: “Access denied. Internet usage is logged and monitored.”
5:55 As we suspected, evidence thin on those claims that grand jury in Assange case is already meeting in Virginia. Salon with good probe here.
5:50 To the manor borne: Photo of Assange’s hoped-for new home when out on bail. Caption: “Pheasant dinners, port and brisk walks may be just days away for Julian Assange, whose bail address is to be Ellingham Hall.”
4:40 Get Up, Stand Up: Assange attorney Mark Stephens tweets: “Bob Marley – redemption song acoustic http://t.co/AemwjJL ”
4:30 The Guardian posts its daily stories on cables, today three separate stories on drug hot spots: Jamaica, Ghana, West Africa. NYT again quiet, so far.
3:15 New David Rieff essay: WikiLeaks and the Cyberwars to Come. “The policy establishment is absolutely correct in worrying about Wikileaks—just not for the reasons that have usually been stated. For where Wikileaks poses a serious challenge is in its application of a technological mindset that up to now had seemed both the product of and inextricably linked to the clean, enlightened liberal capitalism of the Microsofts, Googles, Apples, and Intels of this world.”