As I’ve done for more than twelve 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. You can contact me at email@example.com, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, just updated to early February, in print or as e-book.
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6:05 The Nation links to my radio chat yesterday re: WikiLeaks.
5:25 AP with update on Bush canceling Denver talk because of Assange "presence." Has quotes from organizers and also fact that Bush cancelled another Denver event. I am wondering if he was getting paid a nice sum for his appearance and with that off the table he blew off Denver entirely. AP seems a bit clueless about how obvious it is that Assange was NEVER expected to appear there in person, only by satellite, due to conditions of his bail. Plus: A Colorado blog has some fun with it.
3:40 NikkiLeaks: Hollywood news/gossip queen Nikki Finke got leaked a copy of the script for Oscars and presents highlights (suggesting it’s another "snorefest" and James Franco just can’t sing). None of the winners, however. At least she had no need to redact names for their safety. Or maybe she should have.
3:30 Wikileaks on twitter seems to suggest Bush pressure applied to the YPO conference to get them to cancel Assange talk which they refused ("organizers courageously refused to remove Assange as speaker").. True? In any case, the twitter feed for group is @YPOpublic and they note that Assange spoke this morning via satellite.
3:05 Here’s full statement by Geo W Bush flack on refusal to appear sort of with Assange (see below). Who has done more harm to USA?
2:30 Breaking, as they say: Mark Knoller of CBS tweets, "A spokesman says former Pres George W Bush cancelled a speaking appearance tomorrow to avoid sharing stage with Wikileaks’ Julian Assange." Then: "Bush/43 was invited to address the YPO Global Leadership Summit in Denver tomorrow, but cancelled when he learned Assange was too." By satellite, one imagines. FInally: "A spksmn says Bush/43 won’t share a stage ‘with a man who has willfully & repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States.’” Hey, Assange could say the same thing about Bush.