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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 171

As I’ve done for nearly six months, I'm updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET.  Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about 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: Go here now for Wednesday edition of this blog.

10:20  PBS has now posted a lengthy press release -- really, it seems a full summary and excerpts -- from next Tuesday's full Frontline hour on WikiLeaks, Manning and Assange. Based on its briefer segment on Manning a few weeks back, it's not a surprise to see that next week's show is likely to be harshly critical of Assange. 

It appears that it gives wide credence to views that Assange had direct contact with Manning -- something the DOJ has apparently had trouble proving --  that it's possible WikiLeaks reached out to Manning and not the other way around, and that there may have been an "intermediary."    It quotes Kim Zetter of Wired revealing that Assange had contacted her about getting copies of the "chat logs," although this seems to be a no-brainer on his part.  And it gives full attention to charges that Assange did not want to redact the Afghan war logs (he has not exactly denied it) -- and re-cycles and quotes David Leigh's dynamite charge that Assange did not care about redactions because, as he allegedly told Leigh, they "deserve to die."  Assange has threatened to sue over this "false" remark (while not yet suing so) and will likely go ballistic when Leigh is quoted saying it again on Frontline.

The show also promises the first footage of Manning shot about the time he was allegedly leaking.

8:25  PBS Frontline's major probe of Bradley Manning airs next Tuesday.  I was quite critical here of shorter segment they did a few weeks back that gave no attention to his treatment at Quantico and made no mention of his developing  political  and antiiwar views.

7:25  Swell to see a news outlet in Los Angeles has identified 5 most important revelations in international cables re: L.A.  There's info relating to 9/11, to Scientology, to Bulgaria.  And the site? The leading information source on all things.... taco.

4:30  Well, we can always use a good WikiLeaks joke (not related ti wizzing in some form).  Here from Huff Post blogger:   "Thanks to my friend, Farid, for sending this joke: Wikileaks released the following taped conversation between President Obama and Pakistan's President Zardari, who is well known for taking kickbacks.  President Obama:  "Mr. President, I am going to make the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death to the world. Would you like to take any credit for this operation"    President Zardari:  "No, sir. No credit. I take cash only."

2:20  Classic:  Reason magazine hails replacement for "bleeding heart" PJ Crowley at State Department -- she used to work for Dick Cheney.

10:20  Barrett Brown, often described or self-described as "spokesman" for Anonymous, parts ways with "group."

9:20  Piece by South African writer on "Don't Confuse WikiLeaks With Journalism."  Some good points, much to argue with.   He suggests that WikiLeaks was to blame for exposing Manning, not Manning himself, and Adrian Lamo.  He claims leaks have never been a big part of major journalism stories, which is pure bunk (depending on how you define leak).  And it sounds like he would consider editors showing material to the government for approval before publishing real "journalism."  Nevertheless, David Leigh calls it the best analysis ever. 

8:40  Tiy can find my current 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. 

8:30  We covered the news of massive info on U.S. and world and  oil in calbes yesterday (it's the subject, at least in part of one in ten of them), and now here is The Atlantic on the U.S. - Russia battle.

8:20  New video of Assange getting that peace prize -- along with Q & A.

12:05  WikiLeaks announces Tajikistan partnership (my daughter has actually spent time there).

 12:00: Jeff Jarvis finds it necessary to tweet:  "I believe we journalists of all people must be the first to defend #Wikileaks."

From late Monday

That site that brought you an archive of 1000 or more videos related to WikiLeaks and Assange now does same for Bradley Manning.

Hot new video below, backing Bradley Manning -- depicting all of the positive results he (allegedly) produced -- in support of campaign on his behalf.

  Valuable McClatchy summary of what fresh Wikileaks cables reveal about U.S. and its diplomats discussions, obsessions and manuevering around the world relating to oil.   How's this: Nearly 1 in 10 of the 250,000 cables focus at least partly on oil.  'In the cables, U.S. diplomats can be found plotting ways to prevent state entities such as Gazprom from taking control of key petroleum facilities, pressing oil companies to adjust their policies to match U.S. foreign policy goals, helping U.S.-based oil companies arrange deals on favorable terms and pressing foreign governments to assist companies that are willing to do the U.S.'s bidding."

 

Glenn Greenwald and others pointing to new piece by Jane Mayer in New Yorker on Obama vs. whistleblowers as "article of the month."

 New project on use of prologned solitary confinement as form of  "torture" in U.S. prisons.

New post at New Statesman site (which started the whole controversy): Another ex-WikiLeaker now explains why she DID sign a non-disclosure agreement.  It was a different contract, with less of a penalty, and would expire soon, but she still offers a different, not so critical, interpretation of what the NDAs were all about. 

10:10  Nearing first anniversary of Bradley Manning's alleged "chats" with Adrian Lamo (left).

10:00  Not a WikiLeaks book but happy about it all the same: My book "Why Obama Won,"  on the wild campaign of  2008 -- and lessons for today --  finally re-published as an e-book today, check it out.  Of course, you can still find it in print, as well.

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