As I’ve done for more than eight 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.
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11:15 Assange to appear on "60 Minutes" this Sunday. "Steve Kroft spent two days with Assange on the grounds of the private residence in England where he is under house arrest as he fights attempts to extradite him to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual assault. In the interview, he discusses the United States’ attempts to indict him on criminal charges and the torrent of criticism directed at him. He also talks about his itinerant childhood in Australia and his introduction to the world of computers at the age of 13."
11:10 Bradley Manning’s attorney responds to Pentagon claims in their press conf today.
8:10 Glenn Greenwald tweets: "Bill Keller mocks Assange for being paranoid & conspiratorial, then strongly insinuates WL hacked into the NYT’s emails." See my comments on article below. And here’s Wired’s review.
7:00 Transcript of press briefing by Pentagon spokesman today, lot of questions on Manning conditions. linking him to Assange, and more.
5:40 Honestly, I have to laugh over Bill Keller in his big NYT piece today (see below) repeatedly calling Assange "thin-skinned" and the like. When I was editor of Editor & Publisher, he would not talk to us for years — and we were the so-called "Bible of the Newspaper Industry" — because of our strong criticism of Judy Miller, both for her Iraq reporting and her involvement in the Plame case. Keller, of course, later cut ties with the disgraced Miller, but no matter. He once bragged that he simply tossed our phone call-back notes in the waste basket. (At the time, E&P was receiving more awards than virtually any other trade magazine.) Also possibly causing tension with Assange? Keller back the invasion of Iraq, even in a widely-read piece called himself a "liberal hawk."
5:25 I had my own critique of the massive NYT piece by exec ed Bill Keller today (see below), but now WikiLeaks via Twitter has added its own review: "NYTimes does another self-serving smear. Facts wrong, top to bottom. Dark day for US journalism.”
And Andy Greenberg at Forbes, who has interviewed Assange and stuck close to this subject for weeks, notes Keller in the piece is adding to recent claims of WikiLeakers as active hackers — which Greenberg pretty much discounts. Indeed, Keller’s own claim — based on three people covering WikiLeaks whose email accounts suffer abnormal activity — seem like a huge stretch. By that logic, I guess they are hacking me too. And millions of others every day.