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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Friday, Day 97

As I’ve done for more than thirteen 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 epic1934@aol.com, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, just updated to early February, in print or an e-book.

UPDATE: Weekend edition of this blog here. Also, to mark 100th day of this blog (on Monday), my The Age of WikiLeaks e-book on sale this weekend for 99 cents!

8:00 Foreign Policy’s review of the Week in WikiLeaks.

7:00 Seemingly personal tweet from Assange @WikiLeaks: “From house arrest with love; ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’ for World Book Night http://is.gd/YQoMxM .”

4:00 Rep. Kucinich asks re: Manning “Is this Quantico or Abu Ghraib?”

3:30 My piece, a useful backgrounder: “Bradley Manning and the Tomb of the Well-Known Soldier.”

3:00 I had this yesterday, but getting more attention today: Former UK spy boss credits WikiLeaks with helping to spark revolts in Egypt and elsewhere, in off-the-record speech captured clandestinely.

1:50 Editorial in The Guardian:: “Bradley Manning and the stench of US hypocrisy”

1:45 If you are just catching up to the Bradley Manning case, there’s a lengthy chapter on his arrest, background, and controversy up to early February. The print edition of The Age of WikiLeaks is here and e-book (also for phones, iPad etc.) here.

1:15 Glenn Greenwald rips Pentagon spokesman Morrell for misleading comments on Manning, also knocks NBC reporters Todd and Guthrie for not challenging him at all yesterday. Potemkin Village, revisited. And that’s even before latest update (see below).

12:30 Even after uproar, Bradley Manning forced to strip naked again last night, his attorney just reported. ” As with the previous evening, Quantico Brig guards required him to surrender all of his clothing. PFC Manning then walked back to his bed, and spent the next seven hours in humiliation.

“The decision to require him to be stripped of all clothing was made by the Brig commander, Chief Warrant Officer-2 Denise Barnes. According to First Lieutenant Brian Villard, a Marine spokesman, the decision was “not punitive” and done in accordance with Brig rules. There can be no conceivable justification for requiring a soldier to surrender all his clothing, remain naked in his cell for seven hours, and then stand at attention the subsequent morning. This treatment is even more degrading considering that PFC Manning is being monitored—both by direct observation and by video—at all times. The defense was informed by Brig officials that the decision to strip PFC Manning of all his clothing was made without consulting any of the Brig’s mental health providers.”

12:15 Lengthy takedown of Domscheit-Berg here from Australia: “Revenge of the Second Banana.”

11:55 I just found out I will talking WikiLeaks at a conference in Prague next weekend, any Czech tweeps out there? Or advice o nfirst trip to city? Reply via email above.

11:50 @WikiLeaks tweets: “Interpol issued RED notice for Assange, who was merely wanted for questioning, but issues lower ORANGE notice for Gaddafii.”

11:45 Is Bradley Manning being Gitmo-ized?

10:15 Important “special report” from Reuters based on thousands of cables provided “by a third party”: It “paints a picture of foreign service officers and political appointees willing to go to great lengths to sell American products and services, and to prevent similar sales by other countries…. the efforts were so strenuous they raise the question of where if anywhere the line is being drawn between diplomacy and salesmanship.”

9:45 Bill Keller, the NYT editor so disenchanted with Assange now, discloses that he has talked to Daniel Domscheit-Berg’s OpenLeaks about possible “collaboration.” That ought to really drive Assange batty. Also says there will be upcoming print edition of Times’s e-book on WikiLeaks. Not to be immodest, but: My own Wikileaks e-book is still outselling the Times and Domscheit-Berg e-books.

9:20 Piece by longtime Assange supporter continues to express backing for him as “force for good” but very critical of the Israel Shamir connection… And here’s a lengthy new piece from Australia on Assange’s “cyberpunk” past and alleged lingering influence. Title: “Inside the Brain of Julian Assange.”

8:30 Or old friend Micah Sifry with excerpt from his book in this week’s The Nation although oddly they have put in headline the title of my book, The Age of WikiLeaks.

8:05 The family of late NY Yankees owner offended when news emerges that cable refers to Ahmadinejad as the “George Steinbrenner of Iran ” when summarizing his influence over the national soccer team.

7:50 WikiLeaks calls more charges against Manning a “vindictive attack.”

7:45 Bourne to raise hell? Bookies name Matt Damon as favorite to star as Assange in a movie, native Australian Russell Crowe second (though not exactly the right build).

7:35: WikiLeaks spokesman wins Journalist of the Year in Iceland.

12:00 Harvard Law Prof about to release report on the “censoring” of Wikileaks by the media. “Immediately after top U.S. officials falsely framed WikiLeaks as a terrorist organization engaged in an attack on America, the main stream media picked up on the false framing and ran with it. Benkler shows commentator after commentator, on all the main stream media outlets, began echoing the ‘WikiLeaks hurts America’ theme.”

From late Thursday

Surprise! Military confirms charge by Manning attorney that he was stripped naked for seven hours last night. “First Lt. Brian Villiard, a Marine spokesman, said a brig duty supervisor had ordered Private Manning’s clothing taken from him. He said that the step was ‘not punitive’ and that it was in accordance with brig rules, but he said that he was not allowed to say more.”

Whoa, from Wash Post: Mexican leader Calderon blames WikiLeaks for crisis in US-Mexico relations, says he can’t even work with US ambassador, after cables hit anti-drug effort.

“Anonymous Will Avenge Manning.” That’s headline on DailyKos piece by Anonymous-connected Barrett Brown. He also talked to NY Daily News: “Not 24 hours after the U.S. Army announced it had filed 22 counts against reputed WikiLeaks source Army Pvt. Bradley Manning, Anonymous issued a new threat Thursday. ‘The decision to charge Bradley Manning with a capital offense in addition to other charges is a provocation, and Anonymous is set to respond accordingly,’ spokesman Barrett Brown wrote on DailyKos. He said the group will keep going after corporate execs involved in plots against Wikileaks.” And, he told The Daily News: “We are looking at information on various military officials.”

Mariah Carey admits cable was true—she did get $1 million from Qaddafi son in 2006 to sing four songs for him. Beyonce and Nelly Furtado, also caught, have announced they will donate money to charity where Mariah promises proceeds from one song. No word yet from 50 Cent and Usher.

Headline in The Indepedent: “Clinton admits WikiLeaks will dominate the rest of her life.” Story here.

@Wikileaks tweets (and see below): “Stripping Manning naked to compel him to testify against Assange is similar to abuses at Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo.”

Eleven-minute “Panorama” video on Collateral Murder video, Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks.

More from Manning’s lawyer: Says he was stripped naked for seven hours last night. “This type of degrading treatment is inexcusable and without justification. It is an embarrassment to our military justice system and should not be tolerated. PFC Manning has been told that the same thing will happen to him again tonight. No other detainee at the Brig is forced to endure this type of isolation and humiliation.”

 

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