As I’ve done for more than six 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. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on some of my books here.
11:00 Amy Davidson of The New Yorker weighs in on WikiLeaks and Tunisia and raises this key point I’ve pushed myself for weeks: "Does any one person know enough about all of the countries mentioned in the cables to say for sure how significant they are? Unless someone does, it is rash to keep talking about how they add texture but ‘no great revelations.’” Th check a skeptic of the WikiLeaks role in Tunisia, follow @EvgenyMorozov at Twitter.
4:55 Fast Company piece on new problems / threats cause by sudden surge in new "unredacted" cables — and Shamir. " Unredacted versions of censored WikiLeaks cables appear to be quietly (and widely) disseminating through the torrentsphere, conventional websites, and the murky subculture of conspiracy- and cryptography-oriented websites. Meanwhile, a controversial Russian figure associated with WikiLeaks has announced his intent to release further unredacted cables to the web."
4:30 Evgeny Morozov’s first thoughts on the Tunisia revolt and the Internet and Wikileaks at the Foreign Policy blog. New from Wired on this, and how U.S. helicopter sales could not save Tunisia leaders.
3:00 Rop Gonggrijp, one of those at the center of DOJ move against Twitter for info on WIkiLeaks backers, has interesting blog post. "Being involved in a criminal investigation, and especially one which is likely to have huge political pressure behind it, is a very serious matter. So I am talking to lawyers, trying to better understand what is going on and I am weighing my options." Also: "The entire process of releasing this [Collateral Murder] video is ridiculously well-documented as Raffi Khatchadourian, a journalist for The New Yorker, was with us the whole time. I recommend his article for an in-depth look at what happened. For a broader look at my life over the past year or so, I recommend reading a keynote speech I delivered in Berlin a few weeks ago."
2:55 One more time, allow me to direct your attention to my piece for The Nation’s print issue next week, which was posted online Thursday afternoon, on "Why WikiLeaks Matters." I suggest that, in the end, what most people think of the leaks and the organization will be profoundly influenced by what value they believe rests in the content of the leaks. And, too often, the media, and even U.S. officials, have charged, "nothing new, just move along." There’s been very little followup on most of the bombshell disclosures, at least in this country. My long list of significant revelations in the past six months counters that view strongly.