As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at email@example.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print.
UPDATE: The Tuesday blog.
* MONDAY *
11:00 @WikiLeaks: Recently established “inspired by Wikileaks” sites, Localleaks.com and Hackerleaks.com shutdown by registrar for undisclosed reasons.
6:50 Woman who was source of the new Manning “chat logs” used by New York magazine says she will soon release unredacted version, in lengthy statement. “Also: I find it deplorable that some have attributed his alleged actions to his sexuality or his gender identity. There are thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people around the world who serve their country with honor. They have not done anything like this, and who they are is not even remotely a reliable indicator that they would pose some kind of security risk. It’s clear that Bradley was facing a variety of issues that were much more significant than simply being gay, and reducing all of this to his sexuality is extremely misleading.”
10:10 Good Glenn Greenwald take on the New York article (and see below). As we have both done for months, he crtiiques article’s focus on Manning’s personal life as motivation for what he allegedly did, not his growing opposition to the war and his part in it—but he does highlight the one key section in the article that does balance things somewhat. Also points to positive results of the leaks, and notes Lamo now uses word “traitor” (which he denied before).
12:25 More on new New York magazine story on Manning (and see previous items below). As usual in such profiles, long interview with father. Much focus on gender confusion and much less on antiwar motivation. Writer claims Manning not a whistleblower but a “snoop.” Remember when Manning’s dad claimed, on PBS site, that his son had removed David House from prison’s visitor list? Now Bradley has taken his dad off his visitor’s list. Relatively little new in whole piece beyond the fresh chat logs. As in PBS show tries to tie Manning to Assange in dangerously direct way.
Special bonus: bizarre meeting with Lamo in Long Island motel (while seeking a couch to crash on). Person who has seen unedited logs says he exchanged photos with Manning, they assured each other of their “sexiness” and called each other “sweetie.” But “Lamo played Manning, reassuring him while, in reality, he had nothing but disdain for him.” And “Lamo’s celebrity as a hacker had been waning for years. Now, once again, he felt like a force to be reckoned with.” Even summoned to Washington.