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Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views for Wednesday, Day 32

As I've done for the previous nearly four weeks and more,  I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all day.   All times added at top are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

UPDATE  The Thursday edition of this blog.

11:55 Seemingly important updates by the Wired folks tonight saying they reviewed the chat logs and found NO unpublished Manning references to Assange.  This leads BoingBoing to suggest in a new piece (see earlier one just below) that this undermines some of Lamo's claims and will make it harder to go after Assange in this matter.

10:50 BoingBoing recaps the Greenwald-Wired debate. 

10:40  Jack Shafer at Slate shares my amazement from this morning (see way down below) about Floyd Abram's op-ed.  And another hit on Abrams at The Moderate Voice.

10:35 FBI raid and probe seems aimed at Operation Payback, Anonymous and cyber attacks on PayPal.

10:30 Assange tells Al Jazeera about Arab officials who spy for CIA, shows files.

10:25  Have to agree with Glenn Greenwald on this tweet: "This has been an intense day - & it's amazing how central of a role Twitter now plays in these disputes/debates."

10:20   WikiPizz, a French pizza delivery service, supports WikiLeaks with custom toppings.  What, no Julian carrots? 

12:50  Will be offlline for a few hours as I travel to catch  premiere of season two of my son's hit Web series, in a theater upstate.  See you later.   

12:10  Don't miss: HaikuLeaks -- haiku based on the cables. Sample:   They do not know when /   those attacks might occur or / what form they will take."

12:05 Dave Winer on the Greenwald vs. Wired battle -- good as far as it goes, but then he stops, wanting to stick to core issue.

11:55 Award-winning film about my old friend Dan Ellsberg, "The Most Dangerous Man in America," now on Netflix.  I guess sequel will be, "The Most Dangerous Man in the World." 

11:25  Jeff Jarvis tweets:  "Wired has not answered a series of factual, important questions. Simple as that."  Felix Salmon:  "Is it possible that Wired might be legally prevented from writing more about the logs, through a secret court injunction?"

10:55  You don't see this headline every day:  "My Parents Were Executed Under the Unconstitutional Espionage Act -- Here's Why We Must Fight to Protect Julian Assange."   Piece, of course, written by Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

10:45  Emptywheel at FDL responds to Floyd Abrams op-ed (see my take below).

10:05  Evgeny Morozov from Foreign Policy tweets:  "I can't see how Wired would be able to justify not releasing specific portions of the chat referenced by Greenwald." 

9:40  Glenn Greenwald responds to last night's Wired double reply to his critiques.  And here his separate take on their refusal to release the Manning chat logs.  He concludes it all:  "Ultimately, what determines one's credibility is not the names you get called or the number of people who get angry when you criticize them.  What matters is whether the things you say are well-supported and accurate, to correct them if they're not, and to subject yourself to the same accountability and transparency you demand of others."

9:25 Jeff Jarvis tweets re: the item below:  "Is Floyd Abrams' anti-wikileaks op-ed an attempt to distance news orgs from their source?"

9:00  Veteran media rights lawyers Floyd Abrams  in WSJ:  "Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers."  This is a shocking op-ed, only considering the source.  Abrams has long been hired by top media outlets, including The New York Times, for top court cases (including the Judy Miller one) and he is known as one of the legendary First Amendment lawyers.   So to see him here in such an all-out attack on the idea, and the worth of the leaks, is starllng -- since they have been published in full partnership with the type of  media companies  (or even a speicfic one)  Abrams represents.   Obviously, those media outlets see the right to publish the leaks, and recognize their value.  Think NYT will hire Abrams if they are brought to court on publishing these cables? 

8:50  New group Crowdleak looking to translate cables into at least 7 languages, needs translators.

8:30    I linked to CNN's Jessica Yellin's response to Glenn Greenwald last night -- but after getting slammed in Comments, CNN shut them down.

8:20 For a good running twitter debate on Greenwald vs. Wired (see below), check out @felixsalmon and @penenberg.   And Jeff Jarvis tweets:  "Now I need a journalist (& FDL) to cut through personal, professional invective among @evanatwired, @kpoulson, @ggreenwald to answer Qs." 

8:10  FDL's massive updated chart on Manning and Lamo, quite a feat, aided by readers.

8:05  The ADL with full take on the "conspiracy theories" online linking WikiLeaks and Assange to Israel or a pro-Israeli coverup.

8:00   Beyond the Michael Moore movie:  Cables  highlight Cuba's health care issues.  McClatchy story, and another example of stray cables "published by WikiLeaks," not one of their media partners.

7:55 Yesterday  I linked to start of discussion I had called for on why NYT and The Guardian cutting way back on covering Wiki cables.  Quite a few have weighed in since, some with interesting points.

7:50   New game based on Assange essay, "Leaky World," debuts -- more promised.

From late yesterday

Wired posts promised response to Greenwald on Manning and Lamo.  Two-parter.  Editor Hansen  and Senior Editor Poulsen  responded separately.  Poulsen:  "Greenwald’s piece is a breathtaking mix of sophistry, hypocrisy and journalistic laziness. We took the high ground and ignored Greenwald and Salon the first time they pulled this nonsense. Now it’s time to set the record straight."  Cites several key errors.   Greenwald sure to reply.

Jessica Yellin responds to Glenn Greenwald critique (see below) at CNN blog -- but completely ignores his main point about her questions betraying a double standard on (or lack of awareness about) journalists routinely publishing top secret information thanks to leaks vs.  WikiLeaks making such evidence available.   Watch the video again -- claiming she was just asking provocative questions doesn't cut it.

Amazing: all those complaints about media and TV hosts claiming "indiiscriminate document dump" by WikiLeaks has finally paid off, in the form of an NPR correction.   Apparently sparked by a listener complaint.  Glenn Greenwald adds via Twitter that in addition "Stu Seidel, NPR's Deputy Managing Editor, sent a memo telling reporters not to make the error." 

 
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