As I’ve done for more than sixteen 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 epic1934@aol.com, Read about or order my book The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book., or brand-new Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.

UPDATE  Friday edition of this blog is here, go there now.

8:00 My colleague at The Nation, Kevin Gosztola, at WL Central on what the cables show about worries that Gaddafi has chemical weapons, and not just "mustard gas."  Interesting if unconclusive.  A la Colin Powell, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica quoted former Libyan Justice Minister Abdel Jalil Musatafà, who said, ‘Gaddafi still has large stocks of chemical weapons. Surely the nerve gas, anthrax,’ and perhaps even a weaponized form of smallpox.”

7:50  Glenn Greenwald says urgent leak probe needed — after leak to AP on Libya.  Prosecution to come, surely.

7:05   First excerpt from my new Bradley Manning book: Bradley’s boyhood and the Manning–Karen Silkwood connection.

5:15  Brian Sonenstein at FireDogLake with extensive collection of notes and videos from various Bradley Manning protests this past weekend.

5:00 That first-public-debate for Assange debate in London that we wrote about yesterday apparently sold out in one hour…

3:55 Amnesty International today reiterates its call for easing of harsh treatment of Manning. "U.S. authorities must put an end to the harsh pre-trial detention conditions of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking information to Wikileaks, Amnesty International said today. In letters to U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Amnesty International called for measures to ensure that the Army private is no longer held in 23-hour solitary confinement and subjected to other unreasonable restrictions." My new book on  Manning, first one about him, just now available in print edition! Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences also on sale as e-book at Amazon in USA and also in UK

2:50  New film based on incident in WikiLeaks’ "Collateral Murder" video from Iraq, showing at Tribeca Film Fest in April.  Features Ethan McCord, who carried two of the injured kids away for medical treatment.  Director’s statement here.  Film clip here.    My aricle about McCord earlier this month.  (h/t Kevin Gosztola) 

 1:55  BBC with segment on Manning.

12:40  We covered that grassroots effort to erect WikiLeaks billboard in L.A., and now it’s been erected.  SImilar plan underway for Chicago.  Other cities?

12:00 Computerworld on Anonymous getting new attention in Congress—plus more on internal strife within the group.

11:55 Another fascinating episode in distant land: Big protests against new coal digging in Bangladesh, with WikiLeaks cables in middle of it, of course.

10:15 Kind of an amazing feature story in the Dallas magazine D about hacker and “Anonymous spokesman” (as he is sometimes described) Barrett Brown. Grandiose title: “How Barrett Brown Helped Overthrow the Government of Tunisia.” Or as press release puts it, Executive Editor Tim Roger provides an insightful background of the hacker collective and the personalities behind it. Even more revealing is the fact that their huge disruptions are being organized by an ex–heroin addict in a 378-square-foot apartment in Dallas. Yes, Dallas.”

10:05  My new book on Bradley Manning, first one about him, just now available in print edition! Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences also on sale as e-book at Amazon in USA and also in UK. E-book now = for all phones, iPad, PC viewing, etc. Book covers story right up to this past Sunday!

10:10 And now, another country heard from in controversy over a cable: the Dominican Republic.

8:45 AP with big piece on exit of US ambassador to Mexico last week calling him “first casaulty of WikiLeaks.” This is hardly true but good read anyway.

8:05 Wired: WikiLeaks cables offer some clues on who sold “super-missiles” to Qaddafi. Venezuela?

8:00 Leonard Weinglass, great old lefty lawyer (Chicago 8 and beyond) in New York I knew a little back in the 1970s, has died, was helping Assange recently.

7:20 Manning’s family in Wales joins campaign there to support him.

12:00 @WikILeaks announces: “WikiLeaks announces t-shirt design competition: http://is.gd/SpZOil.”

From late Wednesday

Wash Post: reports: “The Colombian military began using U.S.-supplied surveillance drones for counterterrorism and counter-narcotics operations in 2006, according to a classified State Department cable released Wednesday by WikiLeaks. The small, ScanEagle unmanned aircraft transmits real-time video of stationary and moving targets. According to the December 2006 cable from then-U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William B. Wood, the aircraft initially were to be used ‘to support U.S. hostage rescue efforts and assist”’ the Colombian military’s pursuit of guerrilla leaders. “But it promises to be equally useful for combat against terrorists and in riverine drug interdiction,” Wood wrote.

Interesting report from Turkey on what cables show about US fear of Islam there and potential terrorists.

Time magazine blog looks at WikILeaks’ role in driving out US ambassador to Mexico.

Bank of America chief Brian Moynihan admits WikiLeaks’ claims of big leak coming caught them “off guard.”

Ha, or huh? Karl Rove’s “Crossroads” launches its own kind of WikiLeaks operation—they even call it a “wiki”—to expose Obama “secrets” and lies and plots, etc.

London’s Telegraph with big story just up based on new cable—suggests India and Pakistan were brought to “brink of war” by a hoax phone call and gaffe. “In the days immediately after ten Pakistani Lashkar e Taiba terrorists killed 166 people in Mumbai, a man pretending to be India’s then External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, called Asif Zardari, Pakistan’s president, to warn it was about to launch a military response. President Zardari immediately contacted the country’s military leadership and ordered its air force to be put on high alert to confront a possible Indian attack. He also mounted a diplomatic campaign to to put pressure on India withdraw its ‘threat.’ According to the cables, Condoleezza Rice, the then US secretary of state, was so alarmed at the development that she abandoned her programme and flew to Islamabad and New Delhi to calm the crisis.”