As I’ve done for more than ten 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. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, just updated, in print or as e-book.
UPDATE: Weekend edition of this blog now up here.
8:50 New video (below) at YouTube collecting rightwingers, mainly on Fox, calling for "assassination of Julian Assange." Set to my man Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" no less.
6:55 Remember the early days of Cablegate when the media focused on Afghan corruption that was even worse than feared? And then pretty much turned the page, with a few notable exceptions? Now check out Dexter Filkins' piece in new New Yorker, just posted online.
5:15 Here's a PBS "Religion and Ethics" segment on WikiLeaks, prosecution debate, and so on.
3:30 Spencer Ackerman: U.S. national intel chief Clapper in briefing backs off earlier claim that WIkiLeaks had caused U.S. dire harm. Instead: “The impacts of the WikiLeaks disclosures are still being assessed.” CIA was not on same computer system cables were stolen from.
3:10 As noted earlier, in answer to many requests, you can now order my new and updated The Age of WikiLeaks book for Kindle, iPad, Blackberry, Android, web viewing, for only $4.99. And print version still here. Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and others. The only full account of revelations and controversies going back to last April.
2:00 Mike McCurry is often described by media folk and Democrats as the best and most judicious of recent WH press scretaries (he served under Clinton). Yeah at a joint appearance with Dana Perino in Michigan he not only called the WikiLeaks cables an enormous blow to the U.S. fight against terrorism, also: "I've come around on one thing: I don't believe in capital punishment but I might make an exception," McCurry said, referring to Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks. "We've paid a grievous price."
11:40 Forbes: Anonymous says releasing many thousands more emails from HPGary server, acting more like WikiLeaks (AnonLeaks?).
11:20 Mubarak quits, and Suleiman bypassed. Not to make too much of it but: WikiLeaks cables helped fuel Tunisia revolt, which in turn helped fuel Egypt revolution (aided a bit as well by cables on Mubarak, Suleiman, police, torture). Will leave the rest to others.
10:10 NYT editorial backs whistleblower bill stalled in Congress, hits wingers for making link to WikiLeaks.
9:45 AP on new cable: "U.S. Diplomat Calls African Dictator a Good Guy."
9:35 Assange backers release new material on how he helped police crack pedophile ring 20 years ago.
9:20 Glenn Greenwald finally responds to the case of the three data intel firms planning to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters -- most prominently, Greenwald himself. "I now take this more seriously -- not in terms of my involvement but the broader implications this story highlights. For one thing, it turns out that the firms involved here are large, legitimate and serious, and do substantial amounts of work for both the U.S. Government and the nation's largest private corporations..."
8:45 Guardian now with full summary of today's hearing. Assange still on bail but now can report to police in morning instead of late-afternoon, making it easier to go to meetings.
8:20 Judge at hearing announces will not make ruling until Feb. 24.
7:25 Assange's attorney at hearing argues that accuser wrong in claiming Assange used his "body weight" to hold her down -- says this is simply "the missionary position." Guardian notes that some reporters find detailed account "untweetable." Then attorney for prosecution cites lack of consent in alleged sex-when-asleep and and lack of consent to sex without condom.
7:10 From one of my sources at the Norwegian paper: "25 cables just published @Aftenposten on how the US tried to remove TV station Al-Manar from ME countries: http://bit.ly/f6qoRW ." Also: "The U.S had secret sources at office of NATO general secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Sources were leaking documents and info about Rasmussen’s plans and moves, which stopped several of his planned proposals: http://bit.ly/hWBim8 "
6:50 Major Wash Post correction on Bradley Manning, so major it is labeled an editor's note, and confirm suspicions that I (and others) have raised: " A Feb. 2 Page One article about an Army investigation into the leaking of classified material to the Web site WikiLeaks incorrectly stated that a mental health specialist had recommended against deploying to Iraq the private who was later accused of leaking the files. In its reporting, The Washington Post relied on a military official who had read the Army's investigative findings into the case of Pfc. Bradley E. Manning but who inaccurately recalled some of its contents.
"After publication of the story, portions of the investigative report were read to The Post. The excerpts indicate that there was no formal recommendation from a mental health specialist that Manning not be deployed. Manning's immediate supervisor, an Army master sergeant, required him to seek mental health counseling after he displayed signs of instability. The master sergeant and an Army major then discussed whether to deploy Manning based on concerns that he was a risk to himself and others. The master sergeant and the unit's commander, a captain, decided to send him to Iraq because the unit was short of intelligence personnel, because Manning's behavior had started to improve, and because he seemed receptive to therapy."
6:40 Assange hearing well underway, in fact, his attorney Robertson in closing argument. Go to Guardian live-blog for blow-by-blow or stay tuned here One big charge is the attorney hitting Swedish prime minister for blasting Assange, meaning he can't get fair trial there.
12:05 Speaking of naming secrets: Ex-CIA agent charges he and family were sickened by toxins at secret facility, and can't write about it. Wash Post accepts CIA request to keep secret facility secret. in story by Jeff Stein. NYT names it in Charlie Savage piece. It's just north of San Antonio. Will gov't go after Times and Savage? Doubt it.
12:00 Good event in NYC Friday, 2:30 at Columbia U., Amy Goodman with Carl Bernstein, Clay Shirky, Evgeny Morozov, "Breaking the Sound Barrier....Information is power and controlling the flow of information in the age of globalization is the ultimate power." ... Nearly lost in the frenzy over the Domscheit-Berg book, then events in Egypt, was that....Assange back in court Friday for final day of hearing on sex crime extradition. Ruling could come today, or....not.
From earlier Thursday
CEO of one of three data intel firms exposed yesterday for planning to attack WikiLeaks on behalf of BOA has cut ties -- and, remarkably, apologized to a prime target, Glenn Greenwald (and othe progressives).
WikiLeaks pushing sales in their new shop today. Yes, beyond the expected mugs and t-shirts (many with Assange's face on them), they now have scarves, duffel bags, laptop sleeves, and umbrellas. 5% off today!
Jack Goldsmith, former asst atty general under Bush, in Wash Post op-ed: Why U.S. should not go after Assange. "The government should fully investigate how this major breach of national security occurred. But prosecuting Assange would be a mistake. The first problem with going after Assange is that the effort is likely to fail....A failed attempt to prosecute Assange would be worse than not prosecuting him. It would make the United States look even more ineffectual than it does as a result of the leak."
Cables this week painted Argentina gov’t allowing much corruption to go on. Now a vtop official there denounces US diplomats who are a “lazy joke…. They gather cheap gossip from opposition websites in order to justify their paychecks.”