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WikiLeaks 'Global Intel' Files: Thursday (March 1) Updates

NOTE: Greg Mitchell live-blogged WikiLeaks daily from November 2010 to May 2011. He has live-blogged again this week starting Sunday night. He is the author of The Age of WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning.

3:00 Provocative piece at The Atlanitc site by John Hudson with title: "Did Israel Help spark Russia-Georgia War in 2008?"  We reported on the key emails a couple of days ago,and now Hudson writes: "Fresh documents released by WikiLeaks raise new questions about the five-day war between Russia and Georgia in 2008. In particular, the role of Israel and its involvement in providing military intelligence to Russia in the run-up to the war.

"According to a leaked e-mail from an analyst at the intelligence firm Stratfor, Russia and Israel engaged in a deal in 2008 in which Jerusalem provided the Kremlin with secret codes for Georgian UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in exchange for information on Iranian missile systems. In the e-mail, a Stratfor analyst says 'Israel and Russia made a swap – Israel gave Russia the ‘data link’ code for those specific UAVs; in return, Russia gave Israel the codes for Iran’s Tor-M1s.' In 2008, that 'data link' code was allegedly used by the Russians to take down a Georgian drone flying in Georgian air space, a defining moment in the months before the war."

12:45 Very slow day on new Global Intel emails (why?), so we will note: Assange to be featured on Google's first "Versus" debate, with Richard Branson, Russell Brand, others, topic: War on Drugs.

11:45 Jeremy Scahill tweets: "It seems a lot of Stratfor's comments on Assange were delivered over drinks at a sports bar."

11:30  A review of NYT coverage (or lack of) on Global Intel emails.

10:55 Another good summary of Top 5 revelations from the Global Intel files so far.

10:30  Not sure what to make of new emails showing that Statfor's now famous Fred Burton believed bin Laden's body NOT dumped at sea but transported to Maryland.  He's pretty certain of it--but still hearsay.   Here's his first email.  Probably not much more to it.

10:25 New Statesman hits Assange Q & A tonight after key film on Belarus dictator.

8:50 Amy Goodman at Truthdig on Stratfor and WikiLeaks: Pursue the Truth, Not the Messenger. "The White House is holding a gala dinner this week, honoring Iraq War veterans. Bradley Manning is an Iraq War vet who won’t be there. He is being court-martialed, facing life in prison or possibly death, for allegedly releasing thousands of military and diplomatic documents to WikiLeaks revealing the casualties of war. President Barack Obama would better serve the country by also honoring Assange and Manning."

8:30  New interview with Assange in l'Espresso:  "The Bush Administration would have been much more restrained than the Obama Administration. The Bush Administration took prisoners and kept captives without trial in Guantanamo Bay and elsewhere. The Obama Administration doesn't even bother with that, it simply assassinates people with drone strikes and other methods including its own citizens. The Obama position is much more severe than Bush ever was."

8:20  WikiLeaks has cited McClatchy as one of its 25 media partners, and largest in USA, but I have not seen anything "scoopy" from them yet on the emails, and their excellent major story last night is a look at Stratfor itself.  And in this story is a statement by Anders Gyllenhaal, a VP and its Washington editor (I used to know him via E&P) , denying it is a "partner" with the group:  "McClatchy’s relationship with WikiLeaks is the same as we have with hundreds of people and organizations that provide information to our newspapers.  This is not a partnership. We have no role in how WikiLeaks operates. We simply have an arrangement that enables us to review documents ahead of others. We then determine the information’s validity and value and publish based on our independent news judgment."

From late Wednesday

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/02/29/140422/wikileaks-stratfor-emails-reveal.html#storylink=cpy

Kinda wild, Anonymous bait?  CNET reports:  "A laptop stolen from NASA last year contained command codes used to control the International Space Station, an internal investigation has found. The laptop, which was not encrypted, was among dozens of mobile devices lost or stolen in recent years that contained sensitive information, the space agency's inspector general told Congress today in testimony highlighting NASA's security challenges."

CNBC to air WikiLeaks smear film... The Atlantic: "Stratfor is just The Economist a week later and a hundred times more expensive."

Summary of Day 3 of e-mails released re Lebanon, Palestinians, Syria, Israel and more in Middle East.....  John Hudson at The Atlantic claims the e-mails showing Homeland Security "spying" on Occupy Wall Street are "much ado about nothing," on closer inspection.

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