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10:10 Watch clip of NBC Nightly News w/ Brian Williams tonite — exclusive inside look at Anonymous, with "spokesman" and "senior strategist" Barrett Brown interviewed, more. "Civil disobedience" against "targets who ask for it." New plans. Feds attacking. Colbert clip, too.
7:20 Sen. John McCain, meeting with Australia PM, calls WikiLeaks releases over the past year "the greatest, most damaging security breach in the history of this country." Wants to nail Manning but also wants other who gave him "access" to documents brought to justice: "He couldn’t have done all of that by himself." Not sure if he means military officers or Assange.
7:10 A kind of tribute? State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley, asked about latest scandal involving Argentina provoked by WikiLeaks cable, announces., “We understand that virtually every country in the world has a Wikileaks cable related to their domestic politics. We’re just not going to comment on them anymore."
5:35 Joe Nye, well-known academic, writer and asst. sec’y of defense under Clinton, writes Financial Times op-ed asking US not to prosecute Assange. By “trying to prosecute Mr Assange we only do damage to ourselves, both in terms of our own constitutional precedents, but also to the principle of openness on the internet that America must try to establish. The move is a blunder because it glorifies Mr Assange, and also because it confuses a cause with a symptom. If we are to understand power in an internet age, we must realise that if Mr Assange had never been born, something like this would have happened anyway.”
3:45 We had first hint of this last night (see below) but now Pentagon confirms they are probing Anonymous threat to go over Quantico jailers and others related to Manning. “Pentagon spokesman Colonel David Lapan said the probe was requested after news that the hacker group called Anonymous was seeking to disrupt activities at the Quantico, Virginia, base where Private Bradley Manning is incarcerated.”