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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Monday, Day 128

As I’ve done for more than eighteen 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: Tuesday edition of this blog.

9:30  The Guardian: As promised, Welsh MP pushing defense of Bradley Manning in Parliament (remember, his mom from Wales and he was raised there, partly). 

7:45 Tomorrow marks 1st anniv of when WikiLeaks emerged in USA--with "Collateral Murder" video from Iraq.   My piece. 

6:40  Open letter from academics in NY Review of Books protesting "the humiliation of Private Manning."   See link to list of over 250 signers, including Lawrence Tribe, Todd Gitlin, Jack Balkin.

5:10  Military tells Wired that Bradley Manning installed "data mining" software on his computers to help extract files.  This, supposedly, adds to his legal woes, as it suggests "pre-meditation."  No comment from Manning attorneys.  The theory is that the military is attempting to find evidence that someone (e.g. Assange) directed Manning in these actiivites.  No evidence so far, apparently.

5:00 Justin Elliot of Salon updates his story (see below) on PJ Crowley's latest views with words that DOJ spokesman tells him no big updates on their WikiLeaks probe but it is still "ongoing" for sure.

4:00  Top Dem, Rep. Silvesstre Reyes,  interviewed on resignation of U.S. ambassador to Mexico:  "Last summer when Wikileaks first came out, my first concern as chair of the Intelligence Committee is that we need to scrub all of those documents to make sure there aren’t going to be cables that identify people that had given us information in Mexico to take out some of the leaders that we’ve been able to take out.  In the process of the staff doing that, we came up with some of the assessments that the ambassador had made – all correct assessments, all issues that any ambassador needs to make to the president, his administration and Secretary (of State Hillary) Clinton. So, he did nothing wrong.

"Everything that was leaked out was correct and factual, but obviously not in the best interest of President Calderón and the things that he is having to manage. He’s got a tough job as it is. So, he lost confidence in the ambassador, and that’s why."

2:15 Weekly Standard delights in claiming that Bill Keller, in latest column, and right-wing critic now close together on view of publishing national security leaks. “Prosecution is warranted in some circumstances, he acknowledges. This is essentially the argument that Schoenfeld makes in his book.”

12:55 My favorite headline so far: “WIKILEAKS: Buddha Calls Cable On Him Distorted.”

12:50 I will be on Michael Signorile’s Sirius show at 4:30 today ET, apparently.

11:25 Assange supporter and society icon/activist Jemina Khan to guest edit issue of New Statesman next week and promises “exclusive” article by Julian.

10:00 Latest from P.J. Crowley via Justin Eliot at Salon. He had been strong advocate of prosecuting Assange and WikiLeaks (remember his tweets). Now says, “It is hard to distinguish what WikiLeaks did from what the New York Times did.” Still, he added, “I do not see WikiLeaks as journalism. It is a source of information.” And said prosecutors should focus on Manning.

9:00 Debate in British Parliament scheduled today on the : “Treatment of Bradley Manning”.

8:30 Interview with WikiLeaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson in new issue of Iceland Review.

8:25 Why does Sweden really WANT Julian Assange?

8:20 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.

8:00 Assange awarded title “Honorary Guide to Humanity” by Raelian UFO Cult -

12:00 We covered last week but now NYT is on the story of Rove group doing a WikiLeaks number on Obama. It’s the Crossroaders with “Wikicountability.org, a collaborative website intended to create a database of freedom of information requests that scrutinize the actions of the Obama administration.” Crossroads prez says of Wikileaks, “Amid all of this bad behavior, there is a certain genius going on there.”

* From Late Sunday *

What, bringing down the Mets wasn’t enough for him? Brief Boston Globe hit on the, guess what, Bernie Madoff–Gaddafi connection. “One of the more intriguing near-misses involved Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, who, according to a 2010 State Department cable released by WikiLeaks, made a business proposition to Moammar Khadafy and his sons. When the Khadafys rebuffed Madoff, the world was denied an epic face-off between two big-time thieves.”

Love this story and headline: “Paranoia Meter: HBGary’s Plot to Find the Pentagon’s Next WikiLeaker.” And so: “Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean that HBGary won’t create a rootkit to record your keystrokes, read your email, and track where you move your mouse.”

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.”

NYT covers Chinese artist/activist Ai Weiwei now detained.

Jack Balkin posted his must-read Hugo Black Lecture at his blog, see lengthy take on WikiLeaks and more.

We noted this interview yesterday but now transcript posted: WLCentral: This Week in #WikiLeaks—Ethan McCord on Anniv. of Release of “Collateral Murder.”

P.J. Crowley, the ex–State Dept. flack who exited after protesting prison conditions for Manning, returns with tweet that repeats his long claim that Manning, in any case, should be harshly treated—by the law. “The #Manning prosecution, done right (his pre-trial treatment included), and improved data security are the proper responses to #Wikileaks.”

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