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10:15 As we noted earlier this week, Asahi finally blew the lid off WikiLeaks cables in Japan, after getting 7000 of them (Japan among the last to get a media partner) and now they carry a hard-hitting editorial calling a key revelation about its leaders lies "a betrayal" of the people.
10:05 Audio of Dan Ellsberg speaking re: WikiLeaks and Manning this week at Berkeley, in 5 parts via YouTube.
7:35 More findings on WSJ‘s new "leak" operation being dangerously full of holes, via Andy Greenberg at Forbes.
4:55 Fun from McClatchy: "The embittering of relations between Venezuela and the U.S. sank so low in recent years that even a McDonald’s combo meal and a two-for-one offer from Domino’s Pizza were the subject of acrimony. The tale of the fast-food kerfuffle is one of a multitude of snapshots offered by U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks and released to McClatchy that shed light on steadily rising tensions between the U.S. and the government of fiery populist Hugo Chavez."
4:50 Mike Calderone at Huff Post with full report on WSJ’s "leak" portal (see below), with updates and NYT slow to do same.
12:50 The Guardian notes fatal flaw in WSJ‘s heralded new leaks portal: "However, the site’s terms and conditions – which users must agree to before uploading material – could prove controversial. They state that the Journal ‘reserve[s] the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process […]’
"By agreeing to the terms and conditions, whistleblowers agree ‘not to use SafeHouse for any unlawful purpose’. The US has consistently argued that the release of a tranche of top secret diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, and published by the Guardian and other newspapers, was illegal."