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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Friday, Day 125

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

UPDATED:  Weekend edition of this blog.

8:40  Great debate coming tomorrow, in a few hours, watch  a live video stream from SKUP-2011, the annual conference of Norway’s investigative journalists in Tønsberg, Norway, at 10.30 GMT.  "Two sides of the story" : Nick Davies & David Leigh of the Guardian  (now big critics of Assange) meets Kristinn Hrafnsson, Wikileaks.

2:20  We posted last night but if you missed:  Now we're really "getting down" to the important stuff -- leaked video of alleged Assange on the dance floor!

2:05  And now a word from our 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.

2:00 New podcast interview with me here, at about the 1:04 mark, they say. 

10:50  This is NOT an April Fool's joke:  There's an online campaign underway to get Lady Gaga to speak up for Bradley Manning due to the "special role" she played in helping him allegedly leak all those documents to WikiLeaks.  If you've forgotten, he claimed, in the chat logs, that he used a thumb drive that supposedly held Lady Gaga songs as his "cover."   See report on that here.  Group at Brave Little Monster is getting people to send her tweets or Facebook message imploring her to act...

10:40  With a name like Motley Fool, you had to figure the long-running investor outfit would take advantage of April 1 to have some fun, and they do so via MSNBC by way of an alleged WikiLeaks "leak." 

9:35  My new piece at The Nation on the parts left out of the PBS Frontline segment on Bradley Manning this week.

9:25  Excerpt from new book in Australia on Assange by Andrew Fowler, focusing on his early approaches to Ellsberg:  “I didn’t get anything back and then I just put it out of my mind; I just didn’t think it would come to much,” he said. “I get a lot of nutty things, you know, in the mail, one way or another.”

8:10  NYT posts Bill Keller's upcoming Sunday column where he yet again tackles what he calls the WikiLeaks "phenomenon," this time how it affects keeping not revealing secrets. "Jack Goldsmith, who worked in the George W. Bush  Justice Department, argues that nothing undermines respect for secrecy like watching government officials disgorge their notes to Bob Woodward  and other inside-story writers. ''People in government won’t take classification decisions seriously when top officials who insist they are important don’t respect them half the time,' Goldsmith says."

 8:00  This we presume is the first of April Fool's WikiLeaks revelations -- or things are getting so wild in the cables that it could be true.  The Swiss allegedly bugging their cuckoo clocks given as gifts to diplomats.  “The latest addition to the living room is proving to be a good conversation piece, but I’m not sure we should be holding conversations around it,” the official wrote.  Who knew the Swiss had a sense of humor?

12:00 Well, one good thing, Bill Moyers eyes return to PBS.

From late Thursday

From ACLU blog: Bradley Manning's treatment just the "tip of the iceberg." 

Computer scientists hit ruling on "Twitter 3." 

 Jeremy Scahill in big Nation piece makes use of key WikiLeaks cables on Yemen.

 Michael Busch has now posted his lengthy interview with me up at the Institute for Policy Studies site.

Qaddafi “buxom Russian nurse,” allowed to leave him last month, now says she missed Libya: “According to Oksana, the Libyans seemed happy with their lives. Tripoli is a giant construction site today, she said. Gasoline is cheaper than water. In shops, they let you off if you are a couple of coins short—you can pay later.”

From the Norwegian paper Aftenposten: Norwegian soldiers only 500 yards away when six kidnapped in Afghanistan.

This bubbled up yesterday but now Fox News on it: Porn actors real names and HIV status leaked via a PornLeaks site. “This essentially ‘outed’ them to any passing Googler, which caused an uproar in the industry since many porn performers try to keep their real name secret, for obvious reasons,” Gawker’s Adrian Chen wrote. “That 15,000 names were on the list was significant, especially considering only about 1,200–1,500 performers are currently working in California’s Porn Valley.”

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