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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday, Day 165

As I’ve done for more than 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    Here's the Thursday edition of this here blog.

8:40  Steve Aftergood:   Pentagon Papers will  be officially declassified -- for the 40th anniversary next month.  

3:55  The Guardian covers grand jury convening on WikiLeaks today in Alexandria (see items below), with word on "forced" testimony of "the man from Boston," still unidentified.  "The Espionage Act has never been applied successfully against a non-government party, and to have a reasonable chance of prosecuting Assange or WikiLeaks as an organisation, the authorities would need to be able to prove to the satisfaction of a jury that they had actively encouraged or assisted the source of the leaks to transmit unauthorised material."

3:50  Just now: final one-day sale of each of my two current e-books for $1.99, on WikiLeaks and on Manning  

3:45  House panel demands  WikiLeak-proof Pentagon 

3:40  My colleague Kevin Gosztola is live-tweeting the Dodd-Frank  whistleblower protection hearings in Congress right now...

11:00  WLLegal tweets:  "New Statesman's @davidallengreen looks at #WikiLeaks' own confidentiality agreement & the high price for breaching it http://bit.ly/jxPAP4 ."    The harsh commentary is by their legal expert David Allen Green.  Concludes:  "As the legal gag shows, Wikileaks sought to use the full force of the law to deter or punish anyone who leaks against it - and to the tune of £12m a time."

10:05  Interview with artist Michael Parenti (who was taught to surf by Jeff Spicoli himself) on WikiLeaks, Assange, Manning.  And cool art work.

9:10  Glenn Greenwald on news of the WikiLeaks grand jury meeting today in Virginia, and other setbacks for "whistleblower rights."    And good background here from my colleague Kevin Gosztola.   Plus, Bradley Manning friend David House tweets, calling it the "show trial" of the century.

9:05  WikiLeaks tweets re: federal grand jury today in Virginia (see below) :  "Grand Jury 11am, May 12, 401 Courthouse Rd, Alexandria, VA. Witnesses call Center for Constitional Rights for protection."

9:00 Audio of Assange's acceptance speech yesterday at peace price ceremony.

2:00   NPR:  Grand jury in Alexandria, Va. to hear testimony today in U.S. government case against WikiLeaks and Assange.  Stay tuned.   At least one Boston-area person received subpoena this month.

From late Tuesday

Philosophy Prof. Jonathan Lear suggests what moved State Dept. spokesman PJ Crowley to speak out about Manning. 

Bradley Manning's attorney David Coombs explains new "mail policy" for client.  "PFC Manning is eligible to receive mail from anyone who wishes to write to him.  However, the Joint Regional Correctional Facility (JRCF) does place certain restrictions on what can be sent to the facility.  The JRCF will reject any mail that violates postal regulations or contains obscenity, blackmail, contraband or threats.  In addition, the JRCF has provided the following list of authorized and unauthorized items...." 

Assange warns, in that ceremony today where he got peace prize medal (see below) that no other site could be trusted with leaks, a slap at the new WSJ portal and others.   "How are you to assess whether these people will sell you out, as the WSJ permits in its terms and conditions to sell you out any time they like?"  And more from his remarks.

@WLLegal tweets:  The Guardian's editor @arusbridger, in a great speech on British libel reform, explains why he gave NYT the #WikiLeaks files:.

Important reply from longtime NYT legal counsel James C. Goodale to horrid WSJ column over the weekend uring prosecution of Assange.  "According to reports in the press, the government has given up trying to prosecute WikiLeaks under the Espionage Act because of the difficulty it sees in such prosecution. Instead, the government is trying to end-run the Espionage Act by attempting to show that Assange conspired with Bradley Manning to violate the Espionage Act and conspired with Bradley Manning to violate relevant computer laws.

"These efforts to end-run the Espionage Act also have their own First Amendment problems and should not succeed. The government tried to use this general tactic against The New York Times to prosecute the Times following publication of the Pentagon Papers. These efforts failed."

 

Check out  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, both hailed by Glenn Greenwald, Dan Ellsberg,  Bill Moyers, Amy Goodman.


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