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2:45 State Dept. spokesman (successor to fired P.J. Crowley) grilled about UN rep being denied unmonitored visit with Manning. Passes buck to Pentagon. Video. “We have nothing to hide.” Claims being “forthright,” but reporter grills him heavily. “Only person who was forthright forced to resign.”
1:00 Al Jazeera: After Wikileaks revelations, is Nigeria ripe for its own revolution? “Despite attempts by Nigerian leaders and state-run media to discredit WikiLeaks, the cables have been a powerful reminder for residents and the international community on the extent of corruption in the country and how deep its problems go. But as voters head to the polls for presidential and regional elections, how many will be influenced by the material published over the last few months, and could such revelations bring about real change?”
9:10 Don’t miss important interview with Evan Knappenberger, a former military intel specialist, who contacted me earlier this week to say he’d been flown to West Coast to be interviewed for Part II of Frontline’s look at his former colleague Bradley Manning. He’s also a member of Iraq Veterans for Peace. Among his comments:
* “I was involved in torture in Iraq. Part of an intel analyst’s job is ‘targeting.’ You take a human being and put him on a piece of paper, distill his life into one piece of paper. You’ve got a grid coordinate of where he lives and a little box that says what to do with him: kill, capture, detain, exploit, source—you know, there’s different things you can do with him. When I worked in targeting, it was having people killed.”
* “Most of the guys I went through intel school with, who went to Iraq with me, are either dead, killed themselves, are in a long-term care institution or completely disabled. I’m actually 50 percent disabled via PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), mostly because of the stuff that happened.”