As I’ve done for nearly six months, I’m updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.
UPDATE: Here’s the Thursday edition of the blog.
5:55 In wake of sex abuse case involving IMF chief in New York, Reuters review WikiLeaks cables and finds multiple cases of foreign diplomats getting charged with such crimes — usually involving maids or nannies — and getting away with it due to obstacles or immunity, despite lawsuits.
3:00 From @WLLegal: "DOJ insists it can censor book w/ classified info, even though uncensored copies have been in circulation for months."
2:05 Frontline special on PBS on Manning and Assange next week coincides with first anniversary of Manning’s alleged online "chats" with Adrian Lamo.
12:55 Bill Keller, arch Assange critic, also finds much to hate and fear in…Twitter and Facebook. Maybe Judy Miller informed him that they harbor WMD — words of mass destruction?
9:25 Daniel Ellsberg joins the "I Am Bradley Manning" campaign (we have featured link and video this week) with this photo. His sign reads, however, "I WAS Bradley Manning," and his caption below: "I was the Bradley Manning of my day. In 1971 I too faced life (115 years) in prison for exposing classified government lies and crimes. President Obama says ‘the Ellsberg material was classified on a different basis.’ True. The Pentagon Papers were not Secret like the Wikileaks revelations, they were all marked Top Secret—Sensitive.
"Ultimately all charges in my case were dropped because of criminal governmental misconduct toward me during my proceedings. Exactly the same outcome should occur now, in light of the criminal conditions of Manning’s confinement for the last six months."
8:55 More on ex-Anonymous "spokesman" (or whatever) Barrett Brown and latest plans. Question of "Is he the next (or the real) Julian Assange" seems a bit premature.