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DAYBOOK for Monday: Special Edition—Live-blogging WikiLeaks, Day 2

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses  plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. Check out my new book on the wildest left-wing election campaign and the birth of "media politics" here.

SPECIAL EDITION

Normally we present at least a couple of dozen wide-ranging items, plus a music video and "today's laff" video but today will break the mold.  For one thing, I took time out for Democracy Now! this morning, talking about the WikiLeaks release.  

But I had planned a special WikiLeaks Day 2 anyway. After all, my live blog of the Sunday release drew massive traffic. So I will do some more of that. For today, here is the link to all of Sunday's coverage, and below some of the latest developments.

6:30   Jack Shafer at Slate : Hillary Clinton must quit after these WikiLeaks. 

6:00   Wikileaks' founder says next target will be a major U.S. bank.   Sat for cover story with Forbes, no less.  See transcript. 

5:45  Before leaving yesterday's release,  take a look at probing by FAIR's Peter Hart on an issue I raised: the NYT focus on North Korea selling those missiles to Iran is largely based on ONE new cable, it seems, and there is reason to be skeptical.  

5:40  Oh, boo-hoo:  hawkish on national security Wash Post wonders why Wikileaks has frozen it out of its doc dumps.  Mike Calderone talks to the editor here.

5:30 Marc Ambinder with an excellent look at exactly HOW one man, presumably Bradley Manning, may have been able to leak so much on his own.

4:45  NYT yesterday previewed cables on U.S. "shopping" Gitmo prisoners around to other countries but just now comes out with full report.

4:40   Day 2 of WikiLeaks release coverage emerges at  NYT -- again Times plays up North Korea.   So does The Guardian, with claim that China is ready to abandon spoiled child.

3:50 Palin on WikiLeaks via Facebook:  Yes, it's Obama's fault. Shoulda stopped Assange before he killed again.

3:40  Huff Post: Memo shows Hamid Karzai's brother used to love running a restaurant in Chicago's Wrigleyville.

3:35  The Guardian reports:  "Fox News's website asks its readers: 'Do You Think WikiLeaks Is a Terrorist Organization?' And it seems that 68% of them do. 'This is not a scientific poll,'  the site warns."

3:15  Press release just out from ACLU:   "The Bush administration pressured Germany not to prosecute CIA officers responsible for the kidnapping, extraordinary rendition and torture of German national Khaled El-Masri, according to a document made public Sunday night by Wikileaks. The document, a 2007 cable from the U.S. Embassy in Berlin, describes a meeting during which the then-deputy chief of the U.S. mission to Germany, John M. Koenig, urged German officials to 'weigh carefully at every step of the way the implications for relations with the U.S.'  of issuing international arrest warrants in the El-Masri case.

"In 2003, El-Masri was kidnapped from Macedonia and transported to a secret CIA-run prison in Afghanistan where he was held for several months and tortured before being dumped on a hillside in Albania. The American Civil Liberties Union brought a case in the U.S. on El-Masri's behalf in 2005, charging that former CIA director George Tenet violated U.S. and universal human rights laws when he authorized agents to abduct and abuse El-Masri. Lower courts dismissed the lawsuit on state secrecy grounds, and in 2007 the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. In 2008, the ACLU filed a petition on El-Masri's behalf against the United States with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, but the government has failed to respond. To date, no top U.S. officials have been held accountable for their role in the Bush administration torture program."

2:35  United Nations wants answers from U.S. on "spying."

2:20  WikiLeaks offered docs to WSJ—the paper declined. 

1:40  More from Hillary:  "I would also add to the American people and to our friends and partners that we are taking aggressive steps to hold responsible those to account."

1:30  Hillary Clinton at presser just now:   

 Let's be clear: this disclosure is not just an attack on America's foreign policy interests.... I am confident that the partnerships that the Obama administration has worked so hard to build will withstand this challenge.  I will not comment on or affirm on what are alleged to be stolen US state department cables. But I can say that the US deeply regrets the disclosure of discussions that were meant to be confidential.... I want to make clear that our policy is not set in these messages but here in Washington.

1:25  New NYT wrap-up on global leaders' reaction. Guess what: not happy.

1:15  Hillary Clinton press conference—analysis to come.

12:50  NYT resumes its blogging, with items on foreign reaction, including Moscow. One: "A spokesman for President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan said on Monday that the leaks of diplomatic documents, including those calling Mr. Karzai 'extremely weak,' would not damage relations between the United States and Afghanistan, Reuters reported."

12:40  Obama met the press briefly, to announce two-year federal pay freeze, reporters shouted out, "What about WikiLeaks," he kept walking.

12:30 PM  The Brits, of course, are having some fun (or not) with Prince Andrew's antics, as depicted in the cables. Here's one report.

11:35  NYT executive editor Bill Keller and others there answering readers' questions on why they went ahead with publishing (some of the) cables. And what about the TImes's emphasis and spin on them? 

11:30  Two more items from the Guardian.  "A quick survey of the US cable news networks this morning suggests that Fox News is giving Wikileaks the most airtime, especially over the revelations involving Iran and North Korea, which appears to be red meat to several of its commentators." And:  Reuters has more on that security crackdown ordered by the US government.  The new procedures would ensure "that users do not have broader access than is necessary to do their jobs effectively, as well as implementation of restrictions on usage of, and removal media capabilities from, classified government directives."

 11:25:  More genius tweeting from Sarah Palin: "Inexplicable: I won in court to stop my book leak, but US can't stop Wikileaks treasonous act?"

11:20  Given the many revelations now and to come on Afghanistan, we should pause to note reports of six more NATO troops killed there today.  Not to mention civilian casualties.

11:05  Full report on Admadinejad press conference.  He "dismissed the documents as American psychological warfare that would not affect his country’s relations with other nations, news reports said." 

11:00  This just in: Attorney General Eric Holder responds to senators calling for action. He said there is an "active and ongoing criminal investigation" into the latest leaks. Still, no word of pressure on news outlets to stop publishing (à la Pentagon Papers). 

10:50   The Guardian, as usual, with best live-blog of reactions. Sample: "The White House has just ordered all US agencies to review safeguards on classified information, according to AP.  A security review is already underway at the US state department, its spokesman told the Guardian."

10:45: More global reactions set in: The Chinese media has been banned from reporting the revelations, according to Al Jazeera English's correspondent in China. Iran's leader Ahmadinejad claims the leaks were deliberate and from US government to put pressure on Iran. Italy's leader Berlusconi reportedly just laughed about it all. Here is Der Spiegel's roundup.

10:40  The Hillary Clinton press conference, for some reason, has been postponed to about 1 pm.

10:30 AM:   Yahoo! has picked its ten top revelations in the leaks.  Not my list, but good for starters.

Here my appearance on Democracy Now!  today, with Dan Ellsberg and others.

6:20 AM  Latest this morning from the Guardian.

6:15   Sen. Lieberman calls for full prosecution of WikiLeaks and shutting it down as "national security" threat.

6:00 AM   Salman Masood of the NYT reports from Islamabad on reaction in Pakistan: "Local television news networks late Sunday night prominently highlighted a cable released by WikiLeaks that mentioned the Saudi King's damning assessment of Pakistan's president, Asif Ali Zardari. On Monday morning, leading newspapers ran front-page coverage of the WikiLeaks documents."

12:30  AM   Juan Cole says one cable proves what he has long said—that stories about Iran funding or supplying Taliban are bunk, thanks to Robert Gates, no less.

12:05  Note completely different tone and angle of the Guardian's look at US diplomatic "spying" around world and at UN, and the NYT's revised, gentle version. Pretty amazing.

11:45 PM  Just noticed that original lead NYT story online earlier today said documents showed that US and South Korea had been "gaming" the collapse of North Korea. Not reads "thinking about." 

10:25  Interesting Q&A from Australia today with NYT's Scott Shane on paper's handling of docs. Shane points out: "Perhaps if we had had more information on these secret internal deliberations of governments prior to the invasion of Iraq in 2003, we would have had a better understanding of the quality of the evidence that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Secrecy is not always in the interests of governments or people."

10:15 Mike Calderone at Yahoo reported earlier today that NYT mysteriously said it did not get its WIkiLeaks docs from... WikiLeaks.  So—from where? Now he reports that a top Guardian editor says his paper gave them to the Times...

10:05  The great Nancy Youssef of McClatchy with some perspective: "American officials in recent days have warned repeatedly that the release of documents by WikiLeaks could put people's lives in danger. But despite similar warnings before the previous two releases of classified U.S. intelligence reports by the website, U.S. officials concede that they have no evidence to date that the documents led to anyone's death."

 

 

 

 

 
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