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The WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Friday, Day 104

As I’ve done for more than fourteen 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, updated to early February, in print or an e-book.

UPDATE Here’s the weekend edition of this blog.

8:50 Anonymous member is claiming big BOA leak coming, from them (via former employee) on Monday, they post a teaser, but who know what his amounts to.

8:40 Good Wired review of decision in Twitter 3 case—with EFF promising the appeal, and much more.

7:30 ACLU hits ruling today on the Twitter 3. “This ruling gives the government the ability to secretly amass private information related to individuals’ Internet communications. Except in extraordinary circumstances, the government should not be able to obtain this information in secret. That’s not how our system works,” said Aden Fine, staff attorney with the ACLU Speech, Privacy and Technology Project. “If this ruling stands, our client may be prevented from challenging the government’s requests to other companies because she might never know if and how many other companies have been ordered to turn over information about her.”

6:00 New piece by Dan Ellsberg in the Guardian: “The Shameful Abuse of Bradley Manning.” On Obama today saying the Pentagon had assurded they were treating Manning okay: “If Obama believes that, he’ll believe anything. I would hope he would know better than to ask the perpetrators whether they’ve been behaving appropriately. I can just hear President Nixon saying to a press conference the same thing: ‘I was assured by the the White House Plumbers that their burglary of the office of Daniel Ellsberg’s doctor in Los Angeles was appropriate and met basic standards.’”

5:20 Here’s pdf of full magistrate’s decision against the “Twitter 3” today.

4:30 Wash Post: Federal magistrate in Alexandria, Va. (site of the federal grand jury probing Assange) rules against the “Twitter 3” linked to Wikileaks who are attempting to keep info from Twitter going to DOJ. She also said some material on case that had been unsealed could be released.

More details here. “Buchanan also dismissed the argument that the order violated the Fourth Amendment to the US Constitution, which protects people against ‘unreasonable’ searches. The Twitter users ‘voluntarily conveyed their IP addresses to the Twitter website, thus exposing the information to a third party administrator, and thereby relinquishing any reasonable expectation of privacy,’ she said.”

1:05 Jake Tapper of ABC just had the honor of asking Obama whether he agreed with P.J. Crowley’s charge (see below) that Manning was being treated wrongly by the military in the brig. Obama said simply that he’d asked the military about it and they said it was in line with usual procedures. Also cited “safety” reasons for Manning, the usual line. At least millions of Americans watching (it’s on all cable and some network channels) learned about the issue, thanks to Tapper.

12:40 P.J. Crowley confirms making that blast at military over treatment of Manning yesterday, for Foreign Policy blog. “What I said was my personal opinion. It does not reflect an official USG policy position. I defer to the Department of Defense regarding the treatment of Bradley Manning,” Crowley told The Cable. Well, he had no choice—a transcript of his chat has emerged. Also confirms he writes his own tweets.

12:40 Yes, print edition of my new updated book The Age of WikiLeaks on sale today only for $9.95. Also very much available in e-book and electronic editions (for phones, iPad, etc.) Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, others…

12:35 My old pal @DAnEllsberg tweets: “Rally for Bradley, 3/20 at Quantico- I’ll be speaking there http://bit.ly/fN8Gvq.”

11:40 Imagining a Hollywood movie starring Matt Damon as Bradley Manning. I’d pick Ryan Gosling myself, but he is too old, also.

10:40 The P.J. Crowley slam at military over treatment of Manning (see below) goes mainstream with report in Politico and elsewhere. And another attendee now corroborates the version by the BBC journo/Nieman fellow. No comment from State Dept. or anywhere else official yet.

9:20 Amazing: A BBC journo and Nieman Fellow in small meeting yesterday at MIT says that State Dept spokesman P.J. Crowley (longtime critic of WikiLeaks) was asked what he thought about the treatment of Manning in the brig. “Crowley didn’t stop to think. What’s being done to Bradley Manning by my colleagues at the Department of Defense ‘is ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.’ He paused. ‘None the less Bradley Manning is in the right place’”.

8:50 Shocker from Sydney Morning Herald: Australian gov’t considered charge of treason vs. Assange last year. “The advice, in a departmental briefing for the Attorney-General, Robert McClelland, was among several ocuments published yesterday by the department in response to Senate estimates questions.”

7:50 Yes, print edition of my new updated book The Age of WikiLeaks on sale today only for $9.95. Also very much available in e-book and electronic editions (for phones, iPad, etc.) Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, others…

7:45 New cables, leaked bia The Age in Australia, causing crisis in Jakarta, brief report here but unfolding all day. Charges include corruption of “reform” leader. Here’s US “CYA” statement.

7:40 Great military reporter Mark Benjamin, formerly at Salon and now Time, with new report on Manning and WikiLeaks, and Obama’s hardline vs. whistleblowers. And the “slow torture” of Bradley Manning.

7:20 Off-topic but amazing footage of 8.9 earthquake and tsunami in Japan (to hit Hawaii, in smaller form, in a few minutes)

7:15 Op-ed at Al Jazeera site on Cyberwar, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, HBGary and whole new era.

12:00 Fun gallery of mashed up photos from @ExiledSurfer, which started with the “Rick Rolled Assange,” then on to Lamo, Manning, Domscheit-Berg, more.

From late Thursday

10:05 It was inevitable, but someone is marketing (for real or as goof?) an Assange “action figure,” for $99, although for that price they should at least throw in a lifelike keyboard or computer. They claim part of proceeds go to WikiLeaks, but you’re on your own with this one. You can buy just the head of Julian for $60 and mount it on one of your many other action figures.

9:55 The unbearable triteness of (not) being (there): Sadly, I had to cancel my trip to Prague this weekend for conference and WikiLeaks panel with Birgitta Jonsdottir and Vaughan Smith. However, I will be doing it via Skype—at 4 am Saturday ET. I’ll let you know if you can watch live (?) or online later.

8:35 We noted (below) Bradley Manning dad in first TV interview. So what did he say on PBS? He said he believed his son was innocent—not capable of downloading all of those files. And Brian Manning, who has visited Quantico brig “eight or nine” times, said he was shocked by prison conditions for his son. “This is someone who has not gone to trial or been convicted of anything. They worry about people down in a base in Cuba, but here they are, have someone on our own soil, under their own control, and they’re treating him this way…. It’s shocking enough that I would come out of our silence as a family and say…you’ve crossed a line. This is wrong.” He also said it was wrong for any service member to leak the files. Full report and video from Wired here.

6:15 PBS has now posted preview of its first-ever TV interview with Bradley Manning’s dad (coming up at 7 pm tonight), and more on the interview and subject. Plus the usual military rebuttal on treatment.

5:30 Just got word from PBS producer: “We hope you will tune in tonight and watch a preview of our exclusive interview with Private Bradley Manning’s father who speaks publicly for the first time. Excerpts of Brian Manning’s interview with FRONTLINE Correspondent Martin Smith will appear first on PBS NewsHour at 7 pm (check local listings). If you miss this on air, watch it online, at www.frontline.org.

“Beyond tonight, tune in on March 29 for an in-depth portrait of Bradley Manning’s coming of age and years of Army service. Then on May 24, 2011, an hour-long report on Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, and WikiLeaks.”

5:25 We noted earlier Bradley Manning revealing that in response to protests about his forced nudity that he had been issued a “suicide-proof” smock—which he finds scratchy and awful. AP now covers. And if you missed the remarkable ten-page first-person account by Manning of his many months in “punitive” confinement, it’s right here.

3:50 WikiLeaks panel April 9 at Media Reform conf in Boston: me, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, Micah Sifry, Emily Bell.

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