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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday, Day 123

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 This here is the Thursday edition of this here blog.

8:00  You can still vote for WikiLeaks t-shirt winner.

5:35  Just out, via the great Carol Rosenbreg at McClatchy: U.S. under Bush so intent on Gitmo detainees not setting foot, or body, in U.S. that it shopped them around to other countries when they needed emergency medical care (and turned down).  It  "contradicts something the prison camp's hospital staff has been telling visitors for years — that the U.S. can dispatch any specialist necessary to make sure the captives in Cuba get first-class treatment."

5:20 Via libertarian site, Bradley Manning meets George Orwell in new posters. 

5:10  Assange must be arrested for leaking that Obama has signed secret ops order for Libya. Oh, wait, U.S. journos did it?

4:15 Timothy Garton Ash at The Guardian calls for fewer, but better, leaks. Also reveals hat Domscheit-Berg told him yesterday that Open Leaks will not debut until late spring or summer and even then have very modest start. In fact, since Cablegate, despite much ballyhoo almost no major leaks from anywhere have appeared.

1:50 Wild piece about what cables show about Gaddafi and ownership of Fiat and Wyndham Hotels.

1:05 Dan Ellsberg at Harvard Law School, a report: “He posited that in fact, most US Government decisions to keep information secret are directed at keeping secrets not from other nations but from Congress, public courts, and citizens—‘the ones who have the votes and vote the budgets, and might possibly prosecute, and the ones whose blame is to be feared.’ ”

12:45 Going on KALW in San Fran for most of an hour in twenty minutes.

12:35 Jay Rosen visited The Nation to talk about American media—and WIkiLeaks. Audio here.

11:40 We need a hard-hitting journo like Borat to get to bottom of this: Cable on Kazakhstan suggests gov’t tried to “squeeze” opposition. Once again US in position of backing gov’t versus opponents because of oil interests. “The diplomat noted that U.S. energy companies Chevron, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips had invested more than $8 billion in Kazakhstan’s oil and gas sectors. The country would become a top 10 oil exporter by the middle of this decade, helping diminish Russia’s supply monopoly in Eurasia.”

11:35 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.

11:25 Jewish Reform Movement sends letter to Robert Gates asking for “clarification” on treatment of Manning.

10:40 Science piece: “The Challenge to Plug the Human Leak.” Well, what did Nixon do? Call the plumbers! Just ask Ellsberg.

9:55 Someone needs to leak who will be the Charlie Wilson of this new war, and who will play him in the movie?

8:30 I’ll be on WikiLeaks panel a week from Friday at Media Reform conf in Boston w/ Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, Emily Bell, Micah Sifry.

8:20 Q & A with Assange at Italian site, live.

7:40 Yet another book about Assange, which oddly (if aptly) borrows title from great film about Dan Ellsberg, “The Most Dangerous Man in the World.”

7:25 If you’ve missed it, BBC puts up audio of its P.J. Crowley interview, where he says “no regrets” over protesting Manning conditions.

7:20 My full critique of last night’s PBS “The Private Life of Bradley Manning” now posted here.

7:10 More good stuff from the Hindu in India, this time cable on racial attacks. See page for all sorts of other links in their continuing coverage.

From late Tuesday

Interesting piece in the other The Nation on State Department, while hitting Assange and Manning, refusing to publish key books of documents on the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Iran.

Former State Dept spokesman P.J. 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.”

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.”

Michael Busch, who also has terrific blog, interviews yours truly, dubbing me “The Marathon Man” of WikiLeaks…

 

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