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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Friday, Day 139

As I’ve done for more than nineteen 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 Go here for special weekend edition of this blog.

2:45 State Dept. spokesman (successor to fired P.J. Crowley) grilled about UN rep being denied unmonitored visit with Manning. Passes buck to Pentagon. Video. “We have nothing to hide.” Claims being “forthright,” but reporter grills him heavily. “Only person who was forthright forced to resign.”

1:00 Al Jazeera: After Wikileaks revelations, is Nigeria ripe for its own revolution? “Despite attempts by Nigerian leaders and state-run media to discredit WikiLeaks, the cables have been a powerful reminder for residents and the international community on the extent of corruption in the country and how deep its problems go. But as voters head to the polls for presidential and regional elections, how many will be influenced by the material published over the last few months, and could such revelations bring about real change?”

11:50 New low prices for 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.

9:10 Don’t miss important interview with Evan Knappenberger, a former military intel specialist, who contacted me earlier this week to say he’d been flown to West Coast to be interviewed for Part II of Frontline’s look at his former colleague Bradley Manning. He’s also a member of Iraq Veterans for Peace. Among his comments:

* “I was involved in torture in Iraq. Part of an intel analyst’s job is ‘targeting.’ You take a human being and put him on a piece of paper, distill his life into one piece of paper. You’ve got a grid coordinate of where he lives and a little box that says what to do with him: kill, capture, detain, exploit, source—you know, there’s different things you can do with him. When I worked in targeting, it was having people killed.”

* “Most of the guys I went through intel school with, who went to Iraq with me, are either dead, killed themselves, are in a long-term care institution or completely disabled. I’m actually 50 percent disabled via PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), mostly because of the stuff that happened.”

* “I could look up FBI files on the SIPRNet. In fact, I was reading Hunter Thompson’s Hell’s Angels book, and I was like ‘this sounds cool,’ and I looked up all the Hell’s Angels. We looked up the JFK assassination, I couldn’t find anything on that. It was kind of a game, but, yeah, that’s the SIPRNet. You’ve got access to every so-called sensitive piece of information.”

8:15 From Haaretz, new wrapup of what cables it’s published in past days have shown about Israeli and foreign leaders.

8:10 Now the Hindu puts up video of its Assange itnerview that it’s had in print all week.

8:00 The Guardian with big scoop off diplomatic cable on BP oil spill—but this time it’s from FOIA “leak,” not WikiLeaks.

12:00 Reuters: “U.S. State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks has revealed that U.S. investigators fear that China has stolen ‘terabytes’ of sensitive data from the U.S. Government. In a cable obtained by Reuters, U.S. investigators expressed fears about the theft of usernames and passwords for State Department computers to designs for multi-billion dollar weapons systems.

“The cable revealed how the U.S. have traced systems breaches—colorfully code-named “Byzantine Hades” by U.S. investigators—to the Chinese military. An April 2009 cable even pinpoints the attacks to a specific unit of China’s People’s Liberation Army.”

 

From late Thursday

Winning designs for WikiLeaks T-shirts revealed!

Good Wash Post wrap-up today on latest controversy surrounding Manning not allowed unmonitored visit by UN prober.

Wired: The “Twitter 3” hit back at DOJ move. Next court hearing April 22.

It’s official, Assange memoir delayed indefinitely. Was due last week. Publisher says, pub dates change all the time. Still listed as April 7 at Amazon. Assange has had to deal with legal case since signing $1 million deal, plus continuing release of cables.

Round-up on what cables show on Israel and Hamas in Gaza via WLCentral

Lengthy Q&A with Glenn Greenwald coming out of our “standing room only” panel at the big Media Reform conference last weekend. Glenn also talks about “corporate media,” the NYT and torture, and his daily reading habits.

Helena Kennedy in The New Statesman on “conundrum” posed by sex crime case against Assange. Perhaps wrong choice of headline, with reference to “one size fits all.”

 

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