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Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views for Tuesday, Day 45

As I've done for more than six 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.

UPDATE: Check out the Wednesday edition of this blog here.

9:50  As we've noted, Birgitta Jonsdottir,  the Icelandic MP (left)  involved in the DOJ / Twitter case is speaking in Canada this week, and here she sits for a lengthy Q & A with Toronto's Globe & Mail.

9:45  Jason Ching analysis in The National Law Journal:  "Bradley Manning will likely be prosecuted and convicted under the Espionage Act, but not Julian Assange because he is joined at the hip with news organizations."

9:40  Security expert, in The Independent, says Assange fears of trial in USA are justified.

7:00 Several Twitter friends have pointed out re: the item below that the original subhed remains unchanged on The Guardian piece with WikiLeaks still the sole recipient of Mugabe's "gratitude," not mentioning The Guardian. Also, the piece appears at the Comment Is Free part of The Guardian site, Richardson is not a Guardian columnist or op-ed writer in normal sense.

6:15  FInally.  In one of the more shameful journalistic episodes in recent days of WikiLeaks action, The Guardian published a piece by James Richardson that charged WL with "collateral murder"  in Zimbadwe and earning "the ignominy of Robert Mugabe's gratitude."   Even though many bloggers, including yours truly, quickly pointed out that, in fact, it was The Guardian itself that first published the fateful cable, the paper did nothing to revise or amend or correct the article -- for eight days.  Finally, today, it happened with a rewritten photo caption, a slight edit,  and this at the end of the piece: "This article was amended on 11 January 2011 to clarify the fact that the 2009 cable referred to in this article was placed in the public domain by the Guardian, and not as originally implied by WikiLeaks. The photo caption was also amended to reflect this fact."

5:45 State Dept spokesman Crowley's presentation today at D.C. seminar, lot of attention to Wikileaks by the end, full transcript here.

5:00 Fast Company:  Twitter's "legal eagle" and why they alone have apparently resisted DOJ probe.

4:55 Update by Mark Hosenball of Reuters on two of those in the DOJ / Twitter case who vow to resist.  "Two prominent WikiLeaks supporters in the Netherlands and Iceland are consulting U.S. lawyers about ways to stop the Justice Department getting their Twitter records in a probe into the leak of secret documents."

4:45   @federicacocco live tweeted the Frontline #wikileaks panel discussion in London now.  Latest:  "Has The Guardian signed an agreement with Openleaks? Ian Katz denied but not too vehemently."   Earlier:  "I asked whether Julian Assange's christmas pics weren't demeaning and distracting from the message. Not satisfied with answer though!"  (h/t @Rob_Banks)

3:30  Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jersulem Post  reveals that WikiLeaks has indeed IDed "the three major concerns of most governments around the world: The first problem is Iran, the second problem is Iran, the third problem is Iran."

2:50  That Icelandic MP in DOJ / Twitter case appeared at conference in Ontatio this afternoon, livestreamed, should be available now in archives or podcast.

12:45  Glenn Greenwald returns with a take on this morning's Assange court hearing and notion that American justice system so scary it is strong argument against extradition. "It's quite notable that the mere threat of ending up in American custody is considered (at least by Assange's lawyers) to be a viable basis for contesting extradition on human rights grounds. Indeed, this argument is not unusual....Americans still like to think of themselves as 'leaders of the free world,' but in the eyes of many, it's exactly the 'free world' to which American policies are so antithetical and threatening."

11:45 Even more trouble for Assange in sex crime case?  This NYT piece on today's hearing notes that his 35-page defense argument revealed, officially, for first time the names of his two accusers (most media have hidden names though they appear widely on the web).   This has already led to speculation that he or his team could face new charges over releasing the names, to the point that one of his attorney had to respond by saying  "the inclusion of the women’s names in the defense documents was an oversight that would be corrected."  Though a little late.

11:00  CNBC source confirms Bank of America is indeed target of next WikiLeaks release but has few details on what the org actually has.

10:55  The Guardian resumes it's You Ask / We Search (the unpublished cables) service that it quit a few weeks back.

10:15  Amusing piece about a fella about crashing as Assange's flat in Melbourne at a key moment in 2007.

9:50  More on the discovery, and then deletion, of the JulianAssangeMustDie domain.

9:40  Roy Greenslade, media columnist for The Guardian, updates earlier reports on U.S. journos and journo groups with mixed or critical view of Assange.

9:00 Former Croatia presidential candidate announces setting up a Leaks site there, with word that a lot to go on in current WikiLeaks dump.

8:25  Full defense argument now posted here.

8:10  More from Assange argument to the court:  He argues that the leak of  selected extracts of prosecution file on details of sex case to Nick Davies at the Guardian was  a "breach of his fair trial and privacy rights." 

8:05 Just caught up to @AlexiMostrous tweeting earlier today that Assange told him on way in to court that he was "pissed off" about various forms of "treachery" against him.

8:00 Good summary of the Assange defense argument just posted at The Guardian.  Hits Swedish having authority, improper procedures and abuses, offenses not extradition worthy,  Assange a "victim of a pattern of illegal or corrupt behavior," risk of extradition to U.S., and more.   Next kay, two-day hearing set for February 7.  Court observers say Assange was "relaxed" today.  Still confined to that estate. 

7:45  About to catch up to the Assange hearing.  Meanwhile, that JulianAssangeMustDie domain has suddenly been removed after all of the publicity last night first provided by @EvgenyMorozov and then yours truly.  Morozov found that it seemed to be registered to rightwing blogger and podcaster Melissa Clouthier (see below).   Other incitement domains remain, such as killwikileaks.com, see here  (h/t @exiledsurfer)   More on others and protests to GoDaddy here.

7:40  Assange expresses satisfaction with results of his hearing today.  His side's full argument to be released later today, he says.  The Guardian now has full report after earlier blog items.

12:02  Two of those targeted by DOJ via Twitter have safely arrived where they were going after long flights, without incident.  Jacob Appelbaum (who had his laptop confiscated on a previous arrival)  tweets: " I am out of the airport and back in Seattle. Nothing more for now, sleep time."   And Brigitta Jonsdottir, the Iceland MP, on getting to Canada for a conference:  "have arrived save and sound in Canada - had no problems what so ever - will be meeting some very interesting people here." And:  "if the message with the subpoena was to scare me - it has failed."  

From Late  Monday

WikiLeaks press release offers condolences on Tucson shootings and points out the many threats of violence, death and assassination against Assange and others connected to their org.  Closes with,  “We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

Ryan Singel at Wired: Twitter's response to the DOJ move should be "industry's standard."

This is rich:  Woman who allegedly (see below) registered JulianAssangeMustDie as a domain name does joint podcasts with... Andrew Malcolm, the former Laura Bush aide and longtime L.A. Times blogger.  "Malcolm & Melissa." 

More from @EvgenyMorozov who has been on this all day:  "Wow! julianassangemustdie.com is registered to melissaclouthier.com. Clouthier is a blogger for RightWingNews and StopTheACLU."   Unless it's removed, and owner deletes, some evidence here.   She hasn't added anything to her site since October but tweets @Melissatweets. 

Big news, my Twitter source who works for the Aftenposten paper in Norway, tweets for my attention:  "Aftenposten shares full Cablegate dump with Danish newspaper Politiken."   Have to trust without translation but he's always been on the money.

State Dept. "spokesman" Crowley questioned several times on DOJ vs. Twitter and Iceland ministry calling in U.S. Ambassador.  Crowley manages to say little eight different ways.   (h/t @Asher_Wolf)

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