As I’ve done for more than seven 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. Contact me at email@example.com. Information on some of my books here.
UPDATE: Go to the Thursday version of this blog here.
10:15 Hot new scam, according to Forbes blogger: Calling people and telling them they are in big trouble for visiting a WikiLeaks-related — unless they pay up. Better Business Bureau on it, including in Seattle: "A caller reported she received an automated phone call telling her that her computer and IP address had been noted as having visited the Wikileaks site, and that there were grave consequences for this, including a $250,000 or $25,000 fine, perhaps imprisonment. It left an option for leaving a message as to how she was going to handle this and the fine payment."
8:30 Major new piece in The Australian on the rather strained relationship — "locked in a war of words," so thy say — between Assange and The Guardian, charges of betrayal, the falling out with Nick Davies, and so on. Not exactly new but a lot of fresh quotes from close observers. . "I think Julian is an extremely colourful character, he is very aware of that, he uses that very smartly, he is very aware that a picture of him will play well in a newspaper," Ian Katz said.
8:20 Political scientist Michael Busch has been blogging abo,ut some of the interesting but less-publicized cables at two sites. His own WikiBlogged includes regular updates often darkly humorous, such as one from yesterday on monitoring driving and cell phone distraction in…Armenia. He blogs less often at IPS’s Foreign Policy in Focus.
4:30 Reuters with details on the Elmer arrest (see below): "Swiss police on Wednesday arrested former banker Rudolf Elmer on fresh charges of breaching Swiss bank secrecy law for giving data to WikiLeaks, hours after he was found guilty of another secrecy offense. ‘The state prosecutor’s office is checking to see whether Rudolf Elmer has violated Swiss banking law by handing the CD over to WikiLeaks,’ the Zurich cantonal (state) police and state prosecutor said in a joint statement."
3:45 The Guardian with news break at top of page just now with no details: The Swiss apparently have arrested the ex-banker who handed over CDs with "tax cheat" records to Assange this week on charges related to that. Earlier today (see below) he had been convicted and fined for other charges.