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10:20 PBS has now posted a lengthy press release — really, it seems a full summary and excerpts — from next Tuesday’s full Frontline hour on WikiLeaks, Manning and Assange. Based on its briefer segment on Manning a few weeks back, it’s not a surprise to see that next week’s show is likely to be harshly critical of Assange.
It appears that it gives wide credence to views that Assange had direct contact with Manning — something the DOJ has apparently had trouble proving — that it’s possible WikiLeaks reached out to Manning and not the other way around, and that there may have been an "intermediary." It quotes Kim Zetter of Wired revealing that Assange had contacted her about getting copies of the "chat logs," although this seems to be a no-brainer on his part. And it gives full attention to charges that Assange did not want to redact the Afghan war logs (he has not exactly denied it) — and re-cycles and quotes David Leigh’s dynamite charge that Assange did not care about redactions because, as he allegedly told Leigh, they "deserve to die." Assange has threatened to sue over this "false" remark (while not yet suing so) and will likely go ballistic when Leigh is quoted saying it again on Frontline.
The show also promises the first footage of Manning shot about the time he was allegedly leaking.
8:25 PBS Frontline’s major probe of Bradley Manning airs next Tuesday. I was quite critical here of shorter segment they did a few weeks back that gave no attention to his treatment at Quantico and made no mention of his developing political and antiiwar views.
7:25 Swell to see a news outlet in Los Angeles has identified 5 most important revelations in international cables re: L.A. There’s info relating to 9/11, to Scientology, to Bulgaria. And the site? The leading information source on all things…. taco.
4:30 Well, we can always use a good WikiLeaks joke (not related ti wizzing in some form). Here from Huff Post blogger: "Thanks to my friend, Farid, for sending this joke: Wikileaks released the following taped conversation between President Obama and Pakistan’s President Zardari, who is well known for taking kickbacks. President Obama: "Mr. President, I am going to make the announcement of Osama bin Laden’s death to the world. Would you like to take any credit for this operation" President Zardari: "No, sir. No credit. I take cash only."