NOTE: Greg Mitchell live-blogged WikiLeaks daily from November 2010 to May 2011. He has live-blogged again this week starting Sunday night. He is the author of The Age of WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.
3:00 Provocative piece at The Atlanitc site by John Hudson with title: "Did Israel Help spark Russia-Georgia War in 2008?" We reported on the key emails a couple of days ago,and now Hudson writes: "Fresh documents released by WikiLeaks raise new questions about the five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. In particular, the role of Israel and its involvement in providing military intelligence to Russia in the run-up to the war.
"According to a leaked e-mail from an analyst at the intelligence firm Stratfor, Russia and Israel engaged in a deal in 2008 in which Jerusalem provided the Kremlin with secret codes for Georgian UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in exchange for information on Iranian missile systems. In the e-mail, a Stratfor analyst says ‘Israel and Russia made a swap – Israel gave Russia the ‘data link’ code for those specific UAVs; in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Iran’s Tor-M1s.’ In 2008, that ‘data link’ code was allegedly used by the Russians to take down a Georgian drone flying in Georgian air space, a defining moment in the months before the war."
12:45 Very slow day on new Global Intel emails (why?), so we will note: Assange to be featured on Google’s first "Versus" debate, with Richard Branson, Russell Brand, others, topic: War on Drugs.
11:45 Jeremy Scahill tweets: "It seems a lot of Stratfor’s comments on Assange were delivered over drinks at a sports bar."
11:30 A review of NYT coverage (or lack of) on Global Intel emails.
10:55 Another good summary of Top 5 revelations from the Global Intel files so far.
10:30 Not sure what to make of new emails showing that Statfor’s now famous Fred Burton believed bin Laden’s body NOT dumped at sea but transported to Maryland. He’s pretty certain of it–but still hearsay. Here’s his first email. Probably not much more to it.