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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 122

As I’ve done for more than seventeen 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. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com, Read about or order my book The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book., or brand-new Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.

UPDATE: The Wednesday edition of the blog here, now.

3:40  I am on Randi Rhodes' radio  show just after 4 p.m., they tell me.

3:30  @WLLegal:  Thomas Drake, whistleblower currently being prosecuted under the Espionage Act, wins truth-telling prize. 

2:00  And now a word from my sponsor:  My new book, Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences, just published as e-book here and print here. Remember, e-book nowadays also means phones, iPad, PC reading, etc. Plus, first excerpt from the book (“From Oklahoma to Baghdad to Prison”) right here.

1:30  Off topic, but never off topic: Beethoven's funeral 184 years ago today. Schubert carried a torch. Now buried nearby. "Benedictus." 

11:15  Former State Dept spokesman PJ Crowley took to the airwaves yesterday (even with Shep Smith) to defend his attack on prison conditions for Bradley Manning and now he's written a column in that vein for The Guardian.  "Based on 30 years of government experience, if you have to explain why a guy is standing naked in the middle of a jail cell, you have a policy in need of urgent review. The Pentagon was quick to point out that no women were present when he did so, which is completely beside the point. The issue is a loss of dignity, not modesty."

10:00 Ed Wasserman, the longtime McClatchy columnist, with strong defense of Manning that goes well beyond simply hitting the conditions of his incarceration.  " If these news media believe they were right to publish the material Manning gave them, how can they stand aside as he faces life in prison for giving it to them? If they did right and the world benefited, did he do wrong? On what grounds can they say - as Keller and Guardian of London editor Alan Rusbridger have - that they would help defend WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange if the U.S. charges him, while they won't lift a finger to protest Manning's incarceration?... What I do understand is that the WikiLeaks material - especially the frank comments of U.S. envoys about the foreign thugs and despots with whom they do business - has been devoured by reading publics throughout the world, people stuck with lapdog media who are starved for reliable, insightful observations about their own corrupt leaders."

9:00  My full critique of tonight's PBS "The Private Life of Bradley Manning" now posted here.

8:10  Here's NPR's report on PBS show (below).  Wired review here.    And TechEye knocking it. Article on same "early years"  subject from my new Manning book here.

7:40  PBS Frontline posts online just now its entire segment for tonight's show on Bradley Manning's early years (and "the private life"). Plus a timeline, never before seen photos, and  a 911 call from a heated dispute with his father and stepmother in 2006.   It closes saying that it will continue report in May in a one-hour program which will, again, focus on his personal life and outbursts, this time in the Army--and how the Army still gave him access to top-secret documents.  No mention of his political or world views (he was against Iraq war and wore "humanist" dog tag after joining Army).  A final title card says simply that he is being held in the brig at Quantico without describing the conditions he is held under, roundly denounced by human rights organizations and even Hillary Clinton's top spokesman at the State Dept.   Article on same subject from my new Manning book here.

12:10  My new book, Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences, just published as e-book here and print here. Remember, e-book nowadays also means phones, iPad, PC reading, etc. Plus, first excerpt from the book (“From Oklahoma to Baghdad to Prison”) right here.

12:00 Segment (not whole show) coming tonight on PBS Frontline on Bradley Manning's early days, interview with dad (part of it already aired on NewsHour).

From late Monday

Michael Busch, who also has terrific blog, interviews yours truly, dubbing me "The Marathon Man" of WikiLeaks...

Yahoo News with big piece tonight on The Guardian planning new push in USA, this time based out of NYC. But also includes some comments from editor on falling out with WikiLeaks:  "Rusbridger said he had not had any recent contact: 'I've heard that he's working on a new project with some different media partners, but I don't know what it is and he's obviously decided to move on from us.'  But Rusbridger did confirm that The Guardian has been in talks about a possible collaboration with OpenLeaks, a newer document-leaking platform launched in December by high-ranking WikiLeaks defector Daniel Domscheit-Berg. (New York Times executive editor Bill Keller also said recently that his newspaper is mulling an OpenLeaks venture.) On the other hand, The Guardian may develop an in-house document-leaking system, Rusbridger said--in the same vein as a project that the New York Times is reportedly planning.  'We haven't yet definitively worked out how effectively we could build the technology,'  he said."

Controversy grows over Homeland Security "political" vetting of releases to journos and citizens. Hearing coming on Thursday.  AP with big piece.

More hot cables relating to India, The Hindu always great source, and here's one on the Mumbai attacks, a pink box, and our FBI.

Shep Smith on Fox  interviews just now  PJ Crowley about the Manning episode (see much more below).  Shep obviously agrees with Crowley about his protest, asking "Doesn't accuracy ever save your hide?" Crowley says he he had strong views, and U.S. needs "to practice what we preach" and opinion "in this country and around the world" affected.  Shep closes with reference to Bush torture and now "mistreating someone who is mistreating us," and defense of whistleblowers. 

Now BBC has video of PJ Crowley saying no regrets on his Manning defense (see below).  "America must practice what it preaches."   Says "when it became public I clarified they were my own personal views...but as the day went on....I felt my actions had put the president in a difficult position."  Isn't the truth that the WH wanted it plain they wanted you to step down? He refuses to confirm WH, not Hillary, wanted him out.  "I  understood the reactions...so administration could move on."

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