As I’ve done for the ten days, god help me, I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all day. All times added at top are ET. For more follow me at Twitter. Read about my latest book here.
UPDATE Here’s my live blog for Thursday.
11:30 Through the looking glass: A week after WikiLeaks confirms Karzai as one of most corrupt leaders, Robt Gates hails his "statesmanlike" response to those revelations, and for being a good "partner."
10:40 To close the day and lull you to sleep, you may need the "WikiLeaks Samba," just up at YouTube, fun music with a point.
10:30 Glenn Greenwald updates an earlier post with audio of his radio debate with John Burns and James Rubin, and his commentary. Rubin had the nerve to actually hit WikiLeaks for releasing cable that NYT misrepresented on N. Korea sending missiles to Iran. He also defended U.S. going along with Yemen’s lies about it, not U.S., conducting bombing in that country.
8:55 Huge story: Reuters’ Mark Hosenball reports just now: "WikiLeaks’ next assault on Washington may highlight U.S. government reports on suspected militants held at Guantanamo Bay, which some U.S. officials worry could show certain detainees were freed despite intelligence assessments they were still dangerous." Assange has claimed to have files on every prisoner. "The leaks could be an embarrassment to President Barack Obama’s administration, already angered over WikiLeaks document dumps of U.S. State Department cables, as it seeks to fulfill a 2-year-old pledge to close the prison and either release the foreign terrorism suspects or move them elsewhere."
8:40 Okay! After too long an absence, the Somali Pirates re-appear in a big WIki cable story, from NYT. It seems, as they write, "Pirates’ Catch Exposed Route of Arms in Sudan Conflict." And, naturally, "Bush administration officials knew of the earlier weapons transactions and chose not to shut them down, an official from southern Sudan asserted in an interview…"
8:00 New NYT piece on Facebook and Twitter now embroiled in WikiLeaks war.
7:45 The AP (via The Guardian) on how the hackers are doing it: "The hacking group Anonymous, known for previous attacks on the Church of Scientology and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, is distributing software tools to allow anyone with a computer and an internet connection to join in the attacks as part of ‘Operation Payback.’ Such tools are widely available on the internet and can easily launch a large number of attacks on targeted websites, said Dean Turner from the computer security firm Symantec."