As I’ve done for more than fourteen 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, updated to early February, in print or an e-book.
UPDATE: The thank-god-it’s-Friday edition of this blog.
10:05 It was inevitable, but someone is marketing (for real or as goof?) an Assange “action figure,” for $99, although for that price they should at least throw in a lifelike keyboard or computer. They claim part of proceeds go to WikiLeaks, but you’re on your own with this one. You can buy just the head of Julian for $60 and mount it on one of your many other action figures.
9:55 The unbearable triteness of not being there: Sadly, I had to cancel my trip to Prague this weekend for conference and WikiLeaks panel with Birgitta Jonsdottir and Vaughan Smith. However, I will be doing it via Skype — at 4 a.m. Saturday ET. I’ll let you know if you can watch live (?) or online later.
9:50 Yes, print edition of my new updated book The Age of WikiLeaks on sale today only for $11.95. Also very much available in various electroic-editions. Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, others…
8:35 We noted (below) Bradley Manning dad in first TV interview. So what did he say on PBS? He said he believed his son was innocent –not capable of downloading all of those files. And Brian Manning, who has visited Quantico brig “eight or nine” times, said he was shocked by prison conditions for his son. “This is someone who has not gone to trial or been convicted of anything. They worry about people down in a base in Cuba, but here they are, have someone on our own soil, under their own control, and they’re treating him this way…. It’s shocking enough that I would come out of our silence as a family and say … you’ve crossed a line. This is wrong.” He also said it was wrong for any service member to leak the files.
Full report and video from Wired here.
6:15 PBS has now posted preview of its first-ever TV interview with Bradley Manning’s dad (coming up at 7 pm tonite), and more on the interview and subject. Plus the usual military rebuttal on treatment.
5:30 Just got word from PBS producer: “We hope you will tune in tonight and watch a preview of our exclusive interview with Private Bradley Manning’s father who speaks publicly for the first time. Excerpts of Brian Manning’s interview with FRONTLINE Correspondent Martin Smith will appear first on PBS NewsHour at 7 p.m. (check local listings). If you miss this on air, watch it online, at www.frontline.org.