UPDATE: See Wednesday live-blog here.
10:50 Wash Post reveals that the CIA has a new task force to study impact and damage from cables. It’s the WikiLeaks Task Force and, yes, the agency likes to refer to it as WTF.
10:20 Maddow posts video of interview with Moore. He also discussed cables about "Sicko" and Cuba.
10:15 Check @sadydoyle at Twitter (she helped lead the #MooreandMe hashtag) for response to Michael Moore’s statements on rape. She seems fairly satisfied, while noting, next time, start with strong statement. Hails Maddow for hosting discussion. Wishes Michael a Merry Xmas.
10:10 Michael Moore on Maddow show points to new cable showing that US shut down screening of his film "Fahrenheit 911" in….New Zealand. A cabinet minsiter had the nerve to want to host a screening. Here’s the cable. The author of cable concluded: "There’s a reason this particular Minister is nicknamed ‘Boo Boo’ Hobbs. That said, it is probable that this potential fiasco may only have been averted because of our phone calls – it is apparent to us that neither the Minister nor anyone else in the Labour government seems to have thought there was anything wrong with a senior Minister hosting such an event."
10:00 Michael Moore on Maddow, hit by the #MooreAndMe tweeters for past week, says every woman who charges rape should be listened to and adds that Assange should get the book thrown at him if convicted. Still, he adds, he is more concerned with fate of WikiLeaks, which is "more than one man," and is doing vital work. Moore also claims US is fighting "six wars right now, not two," and that Bradley Manning should be "rewarded, not punished." Rachel pushes back a bit on the full-leaking notion, citing dangers in so many leaks that have huge impact and may not be true. Moore says, yes, that’s why need NYT and others to then follow up and do strong journalism.
5:35 Okay, gang, out for a few hours, you’re on your own, then stay tuned for more of "Greg Mitchell Held Hostage—Day 24." Isn’t this how Ted Koppel got his start?
5:15 Don’t know what to make of this—the French may be claiming something that, in fact, was not true (the usual problem with these cables)—but Mondoweiss calls this a "smoking gun" showing US secretly backed Israeli settlement growth even as Obama denied that.