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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 157

As I’ve done for five months, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about or order my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.

UPDATE:  Wednesday's edition of this blog.

9:30  First firsthand account of Bradley Manning's living conditions -- via his attorney after visit to Leavenworth.  Almost a night and day change from Quantico, including two hours exercise outdoors every day, window and desk, videos on weekend, no clothes take from him at night, not on injury watch, and so on.  Showing how protesting can pay off.

7:50  Finally! One of the few major countries with little out on WikiLeaks cables -- and no major media partner -- was Japan.  Now that has changed with today's breaks via Asahi.  The @WikiLeaks feed links to a bunch of things, for starters.    Here's Asahi opener.  A lot on red hot Okinawa issue.

5:30  Good piece on Daniel Ellsberg chat on panel at Berkeley with Lowell Bergman, others.  Things I didn't know: There are rumors that Assange gave Ellsberg thumb drive with "insurance" files of classified material to release if Assange gets busted and, two, Robert Cole, also at panel, went to school with Dan.

5:13  Good article by my friend  @kgosztola on US hosting world press freedom day  in the midst of prosecuting Wikileaks. 

1:40  Shocker:  The Guardian-- Cables via WikiLeaks reveal U.S. forces were only hundreds of yards from bin Laden compound training Pakistani forces.  "US forces may have visited the town for a second time, months later, according to the cable."

11:50 A lot of new reporting abroad on WikiLeaks cables on Pakistan. Here’s one report on how Pakistan allegedly wanted to catch Osama and kept asking about whereabouts but somehow didn’t know themselves. Then there’s this report, also based on cables, claiming that Pakistanis tipped off Osama whenever US seemed about to attack.

11:15 Not sure what to make of this, but here’s report that Israeli reporter for Haaretz may be facing prosecution for possession of classified IDF documents. Other journalists rallying in support.

10:40 Honduran journalist who reported on WikiLeaks embassy cables and the army narrowly escapes armed ambush.

9:25 My colleague Kevin Gosztola with update on yesterday’s news that key courier in tracking bin Laden was mentioned in one of the Gitmo files.

8:30 Assange calling Facebook “the most appalling spy machine” getting even wider coverage today.

8:25 Bob Woodward, master printer of leaks, who has been notably quiet about WikiLeaks, answered a question about First Amendment and WikiLeaks yesterday, or sort of ecs.pn/kQgpDK

12:05 @Wikileaks tweets: “Release Manning from jail & Assange from house arrest! Tomorrow is World Press Freedom Day.”

12:05 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.

12:00 WikiLeaks docs that suggest long history of Pakistan protecting bin Laden.

From late Monday

Next: US special ops “snatch” Assange from English manor?

Assange: Facebook is the most appalling spy machine that has ever been invented.

If you missed, I live-blogged media coveage of aftermath Osama slaying here.

@WikiLeaks tweets: “Information about courier and location appeared in Gitmo Files release http://is.gd/LtSvHC.”

A different kind of “leak”: How Pakistani locals covered raid on Osama compound—as it happened.

@WikiLeaks, echoing out or Katrina vandenHeuvel last night: “With the death of Osama it is time to bring the war in Afghanistan to a close.”

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