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.
** SUNDAY **
11:00 If you haven’t caught up to this yet: The Nation has put together a slide show tied to my current article on "Why WikiLeaks Matters," which lists a few dozen revelations from the past few months that many have already forgotten. The slide show sticks to 18.
9:35 More details on Assange’s early hacking days and exploits from new documents, as reported by several papers in Australia, including here.
9:15 Okay, look for Assange to leak the Steelers’ offensive game plan before next weekend.
1:45 Okay, let’s put the Obama White House in the camp of those rejecting the idea that WIkiLeak sparked the Tunisia revolt. Wash Post reports: "The Obama administration is rejecting claims that revelations of rampant corruption in Tunisia in secret U.S. diplomatic documents sparked the popular revolt that overthrew the authoritarian leadership of the North African nation. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Sunday that Tunisians were well aware of the graft, nepotism and lavish lifestyles led by ex-President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and his family long before the WikiLeaks website published the diplomatic cables.
"Crowley said in a Tweet that the Tunisian people alone are the catalysts for the uprising that saw the autocratic Ben Ali flee the country on Friday."
12:15 This won’t likely make the front-page of the NYT tomorrow but it’s a good example of how WikiLeaks revelations often produce outsized, startling effects in small countries. "Panama’s main opposition party has called for the removal from office of the head of the country’s tourism authority following Wikileaks revelations that the former U.S. Ambassador suspected links to drug traffickers."
11:30 Updating the story at 11:20 below: Aftenposten now has lengthy account of the Iran / nuclear cables in English.
11:25 Glenn Greenwald tweets on Miss America (see below): "The new Miss America’s winning anti-WikiLeaks answer would fit perfectly in any CNN or network news show:" I should reveal here that back in 1974, I wrote a cover story for the legendary Crawdaddy (where I was an editor) on covering a Miss USA pageant, with title "Selling Boobs to the Rubes."