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Ethan McCord On 'New York' Magazine Profile of Bradley Manning: It 'Erases' His Political Motives

For months I have followed the story of Ethan McCord, a former US Army specialist  who took heroic actions to help save the two children in the van badly injured in the incident captured in the “Collateral Murder” video released by WikILeaks in April 2010. He has since spoken out against the Iraq war and is featured in a new documentary that won a top prize at the recent Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

Now he has responded to the lengthy profile of Bradley Manning published in last week's New York magazine.  On its site the magazine has printed brief excerpts, but we have obtained the full letter and here it is (below).

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By Ethan McCord

Serving with my unit 2nd battalion 16th infantry in New Baghdad Iraq, I vividly remember the moment in 2007, when our Battalion Commander walked into the room and announced our new rules of engagement:

"Listen up, new battalion SOP (standing operating procedure) from now on: Anytime your convoy gets hit by an IED, I want 360 degree rotational fire. You kill every [expletive] in the street!"

We weren't trained extensively to recognize an unlawful order, or how to report one. But many of us could not believe what we had just been told to do. Those of us who knew it was morally wrong struggled to figure out a way to avoid shooting innocent civilians, while also dodging repercussions from the non-commissioned officers who enforced the policy. In such situations, we determined to fire our weapons, but into rooftops or abandoned vehicles, giving the impression that we were following procedure.

On April 5, 2010 American citizens and people around the world got a taste of the fruits of this standing operating procedure when WikiLeaks released the now-famous Collateral Murder video. This video showed the horrific and wholly unnecessary killing of unarmed Iraqi civilians and Reuters journalists. 

I was part of the unit that was responsible for this atrocity. In the video, I can be seen attempting to carry wounded children to safety in the aftermath. 

The video released by WikiLeaks belongs in the public record. Covering up this incident is a matter deserving of criminal inquiry. Whoever revealed it is an American hero in my book.  

Private First Class Bradley Manning has been confined for over a year on the government’s accusation that he released this video and volumes of other classified documents to WikiLeaks — an organization that has been selectively publishing portions of this information in collaboration with other news outlets. 

If PFC Bradley Manning did what he is accused of doing, then it is clear—from chat logs that have been attributed to him—that his decision was motivated by conscience and political agency. These chat logs allegedly describe how PFC Manning hopes these revelations will result in “worldwide discussion, debates, and reforms.” 

Unfortunately, Steve Fishman's article Bradley Manning's Army of One in New York Magazine (July 3, 2011) erases Manning’s political agency. By focusing so heavily on Manning's personal life, Fishman removes politics from a story that has everything to do with politics. The important public issues wrapped up with PFC Manning’s case include: transparency in government; the Obama Administration’s unprecedented pursuit of whistle-blowers; accountability of government and military in shaping and carrying out foreign policy; war crimes revealed in the WikiLeaks documents; the catalyzing role these revelations played in democratic movements across the Middle East; and more.

The contents of the WikiLeaks revelations have pulled back the curtain on the degradation of our democratic system. It has become completely normal for decision-makers to promulgate foreign policies, diplomatic strategies, and military operating procedures that are hostile to the democratic ideals our country was founded upon. The incident I was part of—shown in the Collateral Murder video—becomes even more horrific when we grasp that it was not exceptional. PFC Manning himself is alleged to describe (in the chat logs) an incident where he was ordered to turn over innocent Iraqi academics to notorious police interrogators, for the offense of publishing a political critique of government corruption titled, "Where did the money go?" These issues deserve “discussion, debates, and reforms” — and attention from journalists.

Fishman's article was also ignorant of the realities of military service. Those of us who serve in the military are often lauded as heroes.  Civilians need to understand that we may be heroes, but we are not saints. We are young people under a tremendous amount of stress. We face moral dilemmas that many civilians have never even contemplated hypothetically.

Civil society honors military service partly because of the sacrifice it entails. Lengthy and repeated deployments stress our closest relationships with family and friends. The realities, traumas, and stresses of military life take an emotional toll. This emotional battle is part of the sacrifice that we honor. That any young soldier might wrestle with his or her experiences in the military, or with his or her identity beyond military life, should never be wielded as a weapon against them. 

If PFC Bradley Manning did what he is accused of, he is a hero of mine; not because he's perfect or because he never struggled with personal or family relationships—most of us do—but because in the midst of it all he had the courage to act on his conscience.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog—Special Weekend Edition!

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print

* SUNDAY *

9:20 Reports on Assange 40th birthday bash still make it sound like a hoax —complete with celebs landing by copter and Brad and Angie invite? Anna Wintour? Oprah? Really?

9:10 As court awaits, Sweden vs. Assange site with more updates, including scenario for US extradition.

9:00 Michael Moore: WikiLeaks is the new “red scare”

* SATURDAY *

2:30 Lengthy analysis and takedown at WL Central of that massive New York magazine Manning profile.

9:50 London Review of Books on Assange-Zizek “beware normalization

9:40 Another funding appeal for Manning billboard.

9:30 Reporters Without Borders condemns Visa+Mastercard fiscal censorship of WikiLeaks http://t.co/Tb7HeWg

8:50 The Daily News in Egypt reports that Egyptian activists are not happy that the WikiLeaks Mastercard parody used a clip of protests at the Kasr al-Nil bridge in Cairo on January 28.

From late Friday

WikiLeaks purportedly got “five to six figures” in donations during brief window yesterday when Visa was processing them.

@WikiLeaks: “Visa & MasterCard reactivate their illegal blockade of WikiLeaks http://t.co/xVsFOLZ http://t.co/LjFqBl6.”

Our pal, Exiled Surfer (a k a Michael Parenti) comments on today’s confusing WikiLeaks donation news with his own “WikiCard.” Priceless.

 

Those wild, dedicated and super-creative folks at WikiLeaksMovie.com have really topped themselves this time (at least in my view), with their latest “re-mix”Saving Private Manning, starring Dan Ellsberg, with Michael Moore and others (see posted, left), and allegedly inspired by one of my columns of that title. In fact, on the poster, the movie is said to be “Written By” yours truly. They explain: “Fascinated by the growing network of Manning supporters Wikileaks-Movie.com and artist Merlin Street crafted this remix…. As a work of art it draws inspiration from the original ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie directed by Steven Spielberg as well as the Greg Mitchell’s article from April 2011 ‘Dan Ellsberg and “Saving Private Manning“.’ While prominently incorporating and featuring Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Bradley Manning and Michael Moore most members of the Bradley Manning Support Network are noted as key contributors fighting to support, protect and ‘save’ Bradley Manning.”

Police in Budapest question editor of Hungary’s version of WikiLeaks.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, July 7

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print.

6:10  Visa now denies it has lifted block on WIkiLeaks but service (below) still accepting. 

4:45  WikiLeaks urges donations with the perhaps temporary block ended by some of the big boys (see below): "Financial block workaround. Let's see how long it lasts. Donate whilst you can via VISA, MasterCard and AmEx http://t.co/N8gQMFV ."

2:35 The Economist's "Julian Assange and the New Wave" on the rise of non-profit actors in the news business— and the blurred line between activism and journalism.

2:10  Writer at TomDispatch and Huff Post finds 4 reasons why Manning is an "American Hero."

12:40 DataCell claims MasterCard and Visa have caved and will now accept, through them, WikiLeaks donations.

12:05 Those wild, dedicated and super-creative folks at WikiLeaksMovie.com have really topped themselves this time (at least in my view), with their latest “re-mix”Saving Private Manning, starring Dan Ellsberg, with Michael Moore and others (see posted, left), and allegedly inspired by one of my columns of that title. In fact, on the poster, the movie is said to be “Written By” yours truly. They explain: “Fascinated by the growing network of Manning supporters Wikileaks-Movie.com and artist Merlin Street crafted this remix…. As a work of art it draws inspiration from the original ‘Saving Private Ryan’ movie directed by Steven Spielberg as well as the Greg Mitchell’s article from April 2011 ‘Dan Ellsberg and “Saving Private Manning“.’ While prominently incorporating and featuring Daniel Ellsberg, Medea Benjamin, Bradley Manning and Michael Moore most members of the Bradley Manning Support Network are noted as key contributors fighting to support, protect and ‘save’ Bradley Manning.”

10:40 While impact on Egypt is debated, Tunisian blogger explains how “WikiLeaks rocked Tunisia.”

9:50 We’ve covered at length the new doc about the NYT, Page One, particularly its WikiLeaks angles, and now Chris Hedges, ex-Timesman, arrives at Truthdig exploding a few “myths.”

8:20 Tom Hayden in new piece for The Nation explores the case against Assange and the “view from Sweden” as his hearing nears next week. “After interviewing journalists, prosecutors and politicians across Sweden, I found no evidence of CIA or Swedish government conspiracies. Stockholm’s Donald Boström, one of the world’s tougher investigative journalists, who accompanied me to most of my interviews, was a go-between in the dispute between Assange and the two women. He told me, with great emphasis, that while there could be a conspiracy, from the inside it simply looked like a ‘golden gift to the police from Julian.’”

8:00 Vintage Assange: His 2008 article from Guernica on “The Hidden Curse of Thomas Paine.”

12:15 The Guardian reproduces the complete new Manning chat logs posted by New York magazine (see below) in easier to read form.

12:05 From @WLLegal: NYT picks up @bungdan’s takedown of Assange for seeming to take credit for Egypt http://t.co/C9vcJC5 Conclusion: helped Tunisia; not Egypt.

12:00 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 and print. Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, others….

As promised,

From late Wednesday

The Guardian claims the Assange “milion-pound” book deal has “collapsed,” according to publishing sources. Allegedy he grew concerned about possible impact on legal proceedings. May just be re-structured, but money loss would be severe.

Cables: US Ambassador describes “Haiti’s see-no-evil-hear-no-evil political culture” | Haiti Liberte http://t.co/893WfaO

New York magazine, after running controvesial profile of Bradley Manning over the weekend that drew on new chat logs, now publishes the unredacted logs on its site. One excerpt: bradass87: i think fulfilling childhood dreams can be fun, but im learning that if you dont aim high, you firstly, dont achieve them, and secondly, you find your more *realistic* dreams to be unrewarding…: i want to be like my idols: richard feynman, carl sagan, harvey milk, etc…. its not the strongest of people who survive, its the ones most responsive to change.

Also: bradass87: 2 months pre-deployment, 12 months of iraq… and another 12 months of recovery and garrison… all assuming i dont get discharged under DADT… but the moment i leave the military, implanning on breaking out in all directions

ZJ: man, stay safe in iraq

bradass87: im an analyst, i shadow a brigade commander… also, the shia majority in the location we are going doesn’t want to screw around with the US… theyre stockpiling fresh weapons… because the moment they leave, they plan on removing sunnis out of the region to the southeast and northeast of baghdad: im trying to figure out a way to prevent a civil war the second we leave

Our friends in the @WikileaksTruck (spotted outside Fox News and NYT over the weekend) have some good questions for Obama’s Twitter news conference: Can you show us just one example where Wikileaks has threatened our security? Have you watched the “Collateral Murder” video? Why is Manning the one in jail? How do you expect Bradley Manning to stand a fair trial when you have said “he broke the law.”?

Global debt: Amy Goodman in the Guardian on the great debt the world owes to WikiLeaks. “No matter what happens to Assange, WikiLeaks has changed the world forever.”

Yes, there is a site that lists the current odds on winning the Nobel Peace Prize—with Assange one of the favorites at just 10:1 and Manning at 100:1—but not only that, you can place a bet. So if you’ve ever wanted to put your money on WikiLeaks… One wag points out that Manning would help his chances if he admitted to the leak… The site: http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/current-affairs/nobel-peac...

 

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday, July 6

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print.

6:55 The Guardian claims the Assange "milion-pound" book deal has "collapsed," according to publishing sources.  Allegedy he grew concerned about possible impact on legal proceedings.  May just be re-structured, but money loss would be severe.

5:25  Cables: U.S.  Ambassador describes "Haiti's see-no-evil-hear-no-evil political culture" | Haiti Liberte http://t.co/893WfaO

4:05  As promised, New York magazine, after running controvesial profile of Bradley Manning over the weekend that drew on new chat logs, now publishes the unredacted logs on its site.  One excerpt:  bradass87:  i think fulfilling childhood dreams can be fun, but im learning that if you dont aim high, you firstly, dont achieve them, and secondly, you find your more *realistic* dreams to be unrewarding...: i want to be like my idols: richard feynman, carl sagan, harvey milk, etc.... its not the strongest ofpeople who survive, its the ones most responsive to change.

Also:  bradass87: 2 months pre-deployment, 12 months of iraq... and another 12 months of recovery and garrison... all assuming i dont get discharged under DADT... but the moment i leave the military, implanning on breaking out in all directions

ZJ: man, stay safe in iraq

bradass87: im an analyst, i shadow a brigade commander... also, the shia majority in the location we are going doesn't want to screw around with the US... theyre stockpiling fresh weapons... because the moment they leave, they plan on removing sunnis out of the region to the southeast and northeast of baghdad: im trying to figure out a way to prevent a civil war the second we leave

2:05  Our friends in the @WikileaksTruck (spotted outside Fox News and NYT over the weekend)  have some good questions for Obama's Twitter news conference: Can you show us just one example where Wikileaks has threatened our security?  Have you watched the Collateral Murder video? Why is Manning the one in jail?  How do you expect Bradley Manning to stand a fair trial when you have said "He broke the law."?

12:10  Global debt: Amy Goodman in the Guardian on the great debt the world owes to WikiLeaks. "No matter what happens to Assange, WikiLeaks has changed the world forever."

9:10 Yes, there is a site that lists the current odds on winning the Nobel Peace Prize—with Assange one of the favorites at just 10:1 and Manning at 100:1—but not only that, you can place a bet. So if you’ve ever wanted to put your money on WikiLeaks… One wag points out that Manning would help his chances if he admitted to the leak…. The site: http://www.paddypower.com/bet/novelty-betting/current-affairs/nobel-peac...

7:30 My daughter, Jeni Mitchell, an expert on this part of the world, sends along link and story, “Is the U.S. Military Heading for a Train Wreck—Literally—In Uzbekistan?” based on new cable release reported in Wash Post. “A new railroad in Uzbekistan, used extensively as part of the U.S.'s transportation network shipping military cargo to Afghanistan was built using low-quality steel and goes through such mountainous terrain that when the train gets to the bottom of the mountain crossing, the wheels are glowing red from the friction of so much braking.”

6:35 Updating the attempts at American Library Assn. conference to pass WikiLeaks and/or Manning resolutions.

6:30 Follow the Murdoch “HackGate” via live Guardian blog.

12:10 Pay Pal’s Twitter feed in UK hacked, turned off. And Obama campaign site hacked.

12:05 Amy Goodman reflects on interviewing Julian Assange and the global impact of WikiLeaks. And apparently CSPAN just ran the weekend session with Assange and Zizek.

From late Tuesday

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 and print. Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Amy Goodman, Bill Moyers, others….

One analyst’s massive review of evidence in Assange sex case (and finds it fishy).

From my assistant Kevin Donohue: The Guardian reports that a “Royal Navy medic has been sentenced to seven months’ detention for refusing rifle training prior to deployment in Afghanistan” after developing moral objections because of revelations made by WikiLeaks.


@WLLegal: DOJ says that NYT’s decision to not publish Risen’s Iran nuke story undercuts his argument he shouldn’t have to testify http://t.co/2QoOkeE

PBS Frontline re-runs its weak “WikiLeaks” special tonight—here’s my warning: http://bit.ly/ik6Wof

If yoiu missed it over the weekend, Democracy Now! has posted full video of Amy Goodman’s long chat with Assange and a very lively Zizek.

Glenn Greenwald notes latest major NYT story today based on leaks from top Obama officials (re bad guys in Pakistan), and hypocrisy of going after Manning and WikiLeaks, so where’s the prosecution of these guys amid White House crackdown on whistleblowers? “If any leak warrants a criminal investigation, it’s one from high-level officials deliberately jeopardizing the nation’s relationship with such a strategically important ally. Will there be a Grand Jury convened to uncover the identity of the two high-level unauthorized leakers, or are such investigations only for low-level officials who disclose information to the citizenry that embarrasses the U.S. Government by exposing serious wrongdoing on the part of its officials?”

PBS 'Frontline' Airs Weak Wikileaks Probe Again Tonight—Tempting Hackers?

Given what happened last time, just six weeks ago, it's a bit of a surprise that PBS Frontline, now in its summer season, is choosing to rerun its controversial WikiSecrets episode tonight. 

After its first showing, on May 25, hackers brought down the PBS site for a spell. Both Julian Assange and Bradley Manning friend David House challenged the report--showing up unannounced in an online chat with the creators of the episode. Many other critics voiced complaints on the web. It was followed, two weeks later, by an even more disappointing CNN special on the same subject.

Since WikiSecrets will gain many new viewers tonight, here's my review once again.

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The mountain labored, and in the end, it gave birth to a mouse. Or rather, a goldfish. One of the only bits of new information in the much-ballyhooed PBS Frontline program on WikiLeaks, Assange and Bradley Manning which aired tonight was: The man who fingered Manning, Adrian Lamo, secluded in California, has a large goldfish in his apartment.

The other scoop: it was Manning’s aunt who made the final update to his Facebook page, announcing his arrest. Come to think of it, maybe that one came out before. But we’ve still got that goldfish.

The rest of the program, from beginning to end, was nothing but rehash, much of it from news reports going back to last June or a little later. We also heard from plenty of Assange critics making their usual and much-published charges. We absorbed multiple appearances by David Leigh, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, Nick Davies, Bill Keller. Paging Glenn Greenwald! We did get a few seconds of Dan Ellsberg—at a rally.

It took Manning’s friend, David House, about fifty-five minutes in to remind viewers, and correspondent Martin Smith, that the soldier has not been convicted of anything. But you’d never know it from the program (which you can watch online here, and peruse related material).

Actually, the biggest scoop of the night came from the WikiLeaks site, which posted the complete fifty-five-minute interview that Smith conducted with Assange. It opens with Assange rightly scolding Smith for a quarter-hour about his segment earlier this year on Manning’s teenage years (I made most of the same points myself in a piece the night it aired and in my Bradley Manning book).

WikiLeaks has also posted the full transcript of the non-scolding part of the interview from the PBS site, along with—at the bottom of the page—correspondence between an Assange associate and the Frontline producer Marcela Gaviria about the ground rules for the interview. Gaviria calls previous coverage and films on WikiLeaks “unsatisfactory and uneven.”

From teasers and excerpts released by Frontline in recent days, it seemed possible that they had some new evidence connecting Assange more directly to Manning in his leaking, thus putting him in further legal jeopardy. Any fears about that proved needless. All you had was Eric Schmitt of the New York Times saying that he believes, with no evidence, that maybe there was an intermediary between Manning and Assange, but then again, he adds, Assange was “too savvy” to risk anything more than that (if that).

The program also painted a picture of Assange—again, extremely familiar—of not caring about Manning because he released all those documents last year that put the soldier in deeper legal trouble. Of course, the problem with that argument is that Manning was already under arrest, his computers seized as evidence, the chat logs (if legit) made public.

We also got the usual charge that Assange had not fully redacted some of the Afghanistan war logs, without mentioning that there are no documented cases of anyone being harmed because of that—or from the release of any of the other millions of docs.

And there was no mention until the very end of any good that came from Manning’s alleged actions and Assange’s publishing ventures, and even then, confined to Tunisia and maybe Egypt. Needless to say, there was nothing raised about the concepts of the public good, government transparecy, or watchdog journalism and media responsibility.

The program closed with a fake Manning typing on a computer screen about wanting to get the truth out. But we never got a glimpse of the abuses he witnessed in Iraq and/or political views that helped spark his leaking—only his fights with his boyfriend and the stress produced by “don’t ask, don’t tell.” For what they left out, go here.

As for that goldfish—I am now reliably informed that actually it made its first appearance in an Al Jazeera segment on Lamo.

Greg Mitchell’s current books on this subject are The Age of WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning, Truth and Consequences, in book and e-book, form.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, July 5

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print.

3:10  One analyst's massive review of evidence in Assange sex case (and finds it fishy).

1:30 From my assistant Kevin Donohoe: The Guardian reports  that a "Royal Navy medic has been sentenced to seven months' detention for refusing rifle training prior to deployment in Afghanistan" after developing moral objections because of revelations made by WikiLeaks.

Also : The Wall Street Journal reports that cables released by WikiLeaks  show that Okinawans have become increasingly resistant to the US military presence on their island because "they do not share America’s or Japan’s sense of threat from China." US diplomats concluded that Okinawans identify with the Chinese as victims of Japanese imperialism.  And: US officials doubt they will be able to complete the re-location of Marines from Okinawa to Guam by the 2014 deadline. 

1:25  @WLLegal:   DOJ says that NYT's decision to not publish Risen's Iran nuke story undercuts his argument he shouldn't have to testify http://t.co/2QoOkeE

11:20 PBS Frontline re-runs its weak “WikiLeaks” special tonight—here’s my warning: http://bit.ly/ik6Wof

11:00 If yoiu missed it over the weekend, Democracy Now! has posted full video of Amy Goodman’s long chat with Assange and a very lively Zizek.

9:40 Glenn Greenwald notes latest major NYT story today based on leaks from top Obama officials (re bad guys in Pakistan), and hypocrisy of going after Manning and WikiLeaks, so where’s the prosecution of these guys amid White House crackdown on whistleblowers? “If any leak warrants a criminal investigation, it’s one from high-level officials deliberately jeopardizing the nation’s relationship with such a strategically important ally. Will there be a Grand Jury convened to uncover the identity of the two high-level unauthorized leakers, or are such investigations only for low-level officials who disclose information to the citizenry that embarrasses the U.S. Government by exposing serious wrongdoing on the part of its officials?”

9:30 Sweden Versus Assange site monitors everything relating to his court case resuming next week.

6:00 Update on WikiLeaks’s legal move against MasterCard, Visa etc.

5:55 Variety knocks that new WikiLeaks/Assange play.

5:50 Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print.

5:45 A cartoon at the Harper’s site shows Manning “celebrating” the “awesomeness” of July 4 in prison.

5:40 WikiLeaks’ video parody of MasterCard now has over 1 millions viewers.

Late Monday

@WikiLeaks: Recently established “inspired by Wikileaks” sites, Localleaks.com and Hackerleaks.com shutdown by registrar for undisclosed reasons.

Woman who was source of the new Manning “chat logs” used by New York magazine (see below) says she will soon release unredacted version, in lengthy statement. “Also: I find it deplorable that some have attributed his alleged actions to his sexuality or his gender identity. There are thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people around the world who serve their country with honor. They have not done anything like this, and who they are is not even remotely a reliable indicator that they would pose some kind of security risk. It’s clear that Bradley was facing a variety of issues that were much more significant than simply being gay, and reducing all of this to his sexuality is extremely misleading.”

WikiLeaks cables: “Alarming” Haitian birth rate. And US thoughts on future Russian leader.

Good Glenn Greenwald take on the New York article (and see below). As we have both done for months, he crtiiques article’s focus on Manning’s personal life as motivation for what he allegedly did, not his growing opposition to the war and his part in it—but he does highlight the one key section in the article that does balance things somewhat. Also points to positive results of the leaks, and notes Lamo now uses word “traitor” (which he denied before).

12:25 More on new New York magazine story on Manning (and see previous items below). As usual in such profiles, long interview with father. Much focus on gender confusion and much less on antiwar motivation. Writer claims Manning not a whistleblower but a “snoop.” Remember when Manning’s dad claimed, on PBS site, that his son had removed David House from prison’s visitor list? Now Bradley has taken his dad off his visitor’s list. Relatively little new in whole piece beyond the fresh chat logs. As in PBS show tries to tie Manning to Assange in dangerously direct way.

Special bonus: bizarre meeting with Lamo in Long Island motel (while seeking a couch to crash on). Person who has seen unedited logs says he exchanged photos with Manning, they assured each other of their “sexiness” and called each other “sweetie.” But “Lamo played Manning, reassuring him while, in reality, he had nothing but disdain for him.” And “Lamo’s celebrity as a hacker had been waning for years. Now, once again, he felt like a force to be reckoned with.” Even summoned to Washington.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog—Special Holiday Weekend Edition!

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print.

UPDATE: The Tuesday blog.

* MONDAY *

11:00 @WikiLeaks: Recently established “inspired by Wikileaks” sites, Localleaks.com and Hackerleaks.com shutdown by registrar for undisclosed reasons.

6:50 Woman who was source of the new Manning “chat logs” used by New York magazine says she will soon release unredacted version, in lengthy statement. “Also: I find it deplorable that some have attributed his alleged actions to his sexuality or his gender identity. There are thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people around the world who serve their country with honor. They have not done anything like this, and who they are is not even remotely a reliable indicator that they would pose some kind of security risk. It’s clear that Bradley was facing a variety of issues that were much more significant than simply being gay, and reducing all of this to his sexuality is extremely misleading.”

6:40 WikiLeaks cables: “Alarming” Haitian birth rate. And US thoughts on future Russian leader.

10:10 Good Glenn Greenwald take on the New York article (and see below). As we have both done for months, he crtiiques article’s focus on Manning’s personal life as motivation for what he allegedly did, not his growing opposition to the war and his part in it—but he does highlight the one key section in the article that does balance things somewhat. Also points to positive results of the leaks, and notes Lamo now uses word “traitor” (which he denied before).

12:25 More on new New York magazine story on Manning (and see previous items below). As usual in such profiles, long interview with father. Much focus on gender confusion and much less on antiwar motivation. Writer claims Manning not a whistleblower but a “snoop.” Remember when Manning’s dad claimed, on PBS site, that his son had removed David House from prison’s visitor list? Now Bradley has taken his dad off his visitor’s list. Relatively little new in whole piece beyond the fresh chat logs. As in PBS show tries to tie Manning to Assange in dangerously direct way.

Special bonus: bizarre meeting with Lamo in Long Island motel (while seeking a couch to crash on). Person who has seen unedited logs says he exchanged photos with Manning, they assured each other of their “sexiness” and called each other “sweetie.” But “Lamo played Manning, reassuring him while, in reality, he had nothing but disdain for him.” And “Lamo’s celebrity as a hacker had been waning for years. Now, once again, he felt like a force to be reckoned with.” Even summoned to Washington.

* SUNDAY *

11:55 From New York magazine story on Manning (see below): Dangerous claim that Assange “took a passionate interest in him and what he had to contribute.” Also ”Manning began to work with WikiLeaks’ ­Julian ­Assange.” Trying to make direct tie? But I am still reading story. More to come.

11:00 The Guardian on new/ound Bradley Manning chat logs from 2009 and his complaints about being “bullied” as gay man in military. These were uncovered by Steve Fishman, who has written massive larger piece on Manning as unlikely “revolutionary” for New York magazine. More on this when I get through it.

1:40 Foreign Policy reviews the past 4 months of “WikiLeaks You Probably Missed.” http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/01/01/the_wikileaks_you_missed

1:35 @iWikiLeaksMovie: Bradley Manning Play by the National Theatre of Wales coming in 2012 http://t.co/RYHtCrf

11:30 Full video of yesterday’s Amy Goodman, Assange and Zizek session.

11:00 We noted yesterday the WikiLeaks Trucks coming to Fox News headquarters in NYC. Now here’s photo proof.

10:00 Here’s full legal complaint WikiLeaks is filing against MasterCard and Visa.

* SATURDAY *

11:20 I am tweeting the Goodman-Assange interview if you care @GregMitch.

10:05 Live steam of Amy Goodman interviewing Assange coming at 11 am, watch here.

9:00 Our pal, The WikiLeaks Truck, now parked outside Fox News in Manhattan. I’ll be passing nearby later today perhaps we will meet.

FRIDAY

10:00 As we hinted earlier today (see below), WikiLeaks announces lawsuit against MasterCard and Visa for “US influenced financial blockade.” MasterCard had charged WikiLeaks with “illegal activity”—without saying what, and others have trouble saying what that would be. @WLLegal points out: “Well, the #WikiLeaks Mastercard commercial parody just got a little more amusing. http://t.co/V8B8tdG.” Also: Andy Greenberg at Forbes with full complaint which will be passed on to EU if situation not resolved next week.

9:30 Don’t forget Amy Goodman interviewing Assange 11 am (ET) on Saturday.

3:00 WikiLeaks’s feed at Twitter has been hinting they big news, in their favor, may be coming soon, re: PayPal, MasterCard, etc. cutting off their funding mechanisms and now possibly getting punished. Now they have tweeted: “Stay tuned for important news regarding the attack on WikiLeaks by VISA, MasterCard and others.”

10:35 My new piece reviews the WikiLeaks Afghan War Logs from one year ago—and how the revelations did not spark a much-needed debate on the war.

9:55 The Japan Times writes that new WikiLeaks revelations finally kill the myth that there was ever a mass killing of students in Tiananmen Square.

8:50 BBC reviews that new Assange play in Australia, which has been roasted by some but not by them. And the Guardian weighs in. Opens with sex scene.

8:30 We’ve covered that Aspen Ideas panel (Lessig, Fallows etc.) on WikiLeaks but here’s another video and summary from The Atlantic—everyone agreed Assange “creepy” and that Manning not heroic but luckily “one in a million,” and so on. And a response: “We Must Nuke Aspen.”

12:00 The Wall Street Journal reports that the US has begun “tentatively” reaching out to Islamist parties in the Middle East and that cables released by WikiLeaks show that 2006 US diplomats met with Hamadi Jebali, the leader of the moderate Isalmist Ennahdha in Tunisia. Jebali visited Washington earlier this year.

From late Thursday

WikiLeaks’s surprise position on continuing “boycott” by banks, MasterCard, PayPal etc.? Fine, they will get more damages from courts and European Union action.

@DemocracyNow: We will live stream “Conversation w/ Julian Assange, Slavoj ŻiŻek & Amy Goodman” on July 2, 11 am EDT: http://t.co/fuFEy3H

As usual, some new fun WikiLeaks remixing at IWikiLeaksMovie.

That WikiLeaks Master Card parody now has life of its own, after going viral.

Background on all this in my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, June 30

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print.

UPDATE: The Friday / Holiday Weekend blog.

8:45 WikiLeaks’s surprise position on continuing “boycott” by banks, MasterCard, PayPal etc.? Fine, they will get more damages from courts and European Union action.

5:30 @DemocracyNow: We will live stream “Conversation w/ Julian Assange, Slavoj Żiżek & Amy Goodman” on July 2, 11 am EDT: http://t.co/fuFEy3H

4:40 As usual, some new fun WikiLeaks remixing at IWikiLeaksMovie.

2:30 That WikiLeaks Master Card parody now has life of its own, after going viral.

10:50 From my associate Kevin Donohue: As speculation continues about Venezauelan President Hugo Chavez’s health, the Guardian notes that, “among the latest revelations to emerge from WikiLeaks is that, in 2002, as plotters in Venezuela’s capital Caracas were liaising with the US authorities about the conspiracy to topple President Hugo Chávez, the leaders of the Catholic church in that country were defying the instruction of Pope John Paul II to desist from having anything to do with the coup d’état. Instead they threw their lot in with Pedro Carmona, the extremist rightwing businessman, who took office for less than 48 hours during a brief military coup in April 2002.” This is the latest in a series of revelations about tensions between the Vatican and an increasingly recalcitrant Latin American Catholic Church.

10:45 A roundup on what WikiLeaks reveals about Canadian and US efforts in suppression of indigenous communities.

9:55 Andy Greenberg at Forbes: Anonymous launches HackerLeaks. Or maybe it’s just a guy name Hacker.

9:10 Is Obama now Cheney re: NYT’s Risen?

9:00 The Economist looks at Andrew Marshall’s big Thai story and hit on monarchy there.

12:00 Fun video coverage of that Taiwan “honeytrap” sex scandal exposed by WikiLeaks—with subtitles…

From late Wednesday

Watch, from this week’s Aspen Ideas fest, “The Freedom of Press in the Age of (Wiki)Leaks,” with James Fallows, Lawrence Lessig, others.

Classic passage from Jonathan Alter profile on Hillary Clinton in Vanity Fair: “Hillary told staff that she could not fathom how an army private, Bradley Manning, with psychological problems and a drag-queen boyfriend could single-handedly cause the United States unprecedented embarrassment just by labeling massive downloads as Lady Gaga songs.

“Several allies needed little comfort. ‘Don’t worry about it,’ one leader told Hillary. ‘You should see what we say about you.’ Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi wasn’t so forgiving.”

Interesting look at how Canada set up “war room” to deal with impending release of WikiLeaks cables.

Photog hyping exclusive at-home-with-Assange pictures taken earlier this month.

That interview session planned for this Saturday and featuring Amy Goodman interviewing Assange has now had to find a new venue after the University of London deemed it too controversial. Or something.

We’ve followed the saga of pal Andrew Marshall and his explosive story on Thailand based on cables—and how he had to leave Reuters and now is banned from Thailand. Now Bangkok-based journalist Lisa Gardner tweets that “Wikileaks website now blocked in Thailand.”

New WikiLeaks/Assange play panned.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday, June 29

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print. Just out: first e-book edition of my book Why Obama Won, and Lessons for 2012.

UPDATE:  For Thursday's blog, go here.

9:50  Watch, from this week's Aspen Ideas fest, "The Freedom of Press in the Age of (Wiki)Leaks," with James Fallows, Lawrence Lessig, others.

5:05 Classic passage from Jonathan Alter profile on Hillary Clinton in Vanity Fair:  "Hillary told staff that she could not fathom how an army private, Bradley Manning, with psychological problems and a drag-queen boyfriend could single-handedly cause the United States unprecedented embarrassment just by labeling massive downloads as Lady Gaga songs.

"Several allies needed little comfort. 'Don’t worry about it,'  one leader told Hillary. 'You should see what we say about you.”' Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi wasn’t so forgiving."

5:00 Interesting look at how Canada set up "war room" to deal with impending release of WikiLeaks cables...

4:05  Photog hyping exclusive at-home-with-Assange pictures taken earlier this month.

2:15 That interview session planned for this Saturday and featuring Amy Goodman interviewing Assange (see below) has now had to find a new venue after the University of London deemed it too controversial. Or something.

10:20 We’ve followed the saga of pal Andrew Marshall and his explosive story on Thailand based on cables—and how he had to leave Reuters and now is banned from Thailand. Now Bangkok-based journalist Lisa Gardner tweets that “Wikileaks website now blocked in Thailand.”

10:10 New WikiLeaks/Assange play panned.

8:20 John Pilger, one of Assange’s biggest backers, has now gotten released—for worldwide online viewing—that film allegedly ” banned” by the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe (of all places) last month, and Pilger’s appearance there also cancelled. Here’s Pilger explaining it all re The War You Don’t See. However, the Lannan Foundation in open letter claims that the Santa Fe event was cancelled only due to poor ticket sales, but admits it did not explain this early on.

8:15 Amy Goodman to interview Assange and Slavoj Zizek on July 2 live from London, here’s the release and details on listening. Assange legal case resumes about ten days later.

12:15 Bradley Manning’s lawyer updates conditions at Leavenworth: “Since being moved to the JRCF, PFC Manning’s overall mood and demeanor has greatly improved. PFC Manning is able to maintain regular contact with his defense team. He receives weekly written updates, phone calls and visits from defense counsel. In addition, he receives regular visits from family. Finally, PFC Manning also receives hundreds of letters from supporters every week. He wishes to extend his sincere appreciation to those who have taken the time to send along their thoughts and well-wishes.”

12:10 Brazil’s ban on abortion is widely disregarded—and there’s almost not chance it will be overturned, American diplomats say in cables released by WikiLeaks.

12:05 My associate Kevin Donohoe reports: the Colombian magazine Semana reports on cable showing Henry Ramos Allup, the President of the main Venezuelen opposition party, asking for funding for the party from US ambassador Patrick Duddy.

12:00 In the Financial Times, Alan Cane argues that WikiLeaks shows the need to outlaw USB ports and the benefits of the new “cloud” computing for corporations.

From late Tuesday

Wash Post: MasterCard claims its outage today not caused by hacktivists. Blames fault internal server. Time will tell.

CNN names Jessica Yellin cheif WH correspondent. @WLLegal recalls classic @ggreenwald takedown of Yellin: http://t.co/X7zowAM over her questions re: WikiLeaks and Assange.

In new advertisement, WikiLeaks spoofs Mastercard—it’s been six months since the fund cutoff—and claims that banks and financial firms have denied it $15 million in donations, so far. Hackers not linked to WikiLeaks took out the MasterCard site this morning.

What Does it Cost to Change the World? from WikiLeaks on Vimeo.

A new Anonymous-sponsored site “LocalLeaks,” closely modeled, they say, on WikiLeaks, aims to provide a safe, secure way for local government and corporate employees to leak sensitive information.

New cables released by WikiLeaks show that officials from the United Arab Emirates asked the United States for armed Predator drones to help protect its lengthy maritime and land borders. The US eventually declined to provide the drones.

The WikiLeaks News and Views Blog for Tuesday, June 28

As I’ve done for over seven months, I’m updating news and views on 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 and print. Just out: first e-book edition of my book Why Obama Won, and Lessons for 2012.\

UPDATE: Go here for Wednesday's edition.

9:10  John Pilger, one of Assange's biggest backers, has now gotten released -- for worldwide online viewing -- that film banned by the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe (of all places) last month, and remember, Pilger's appearance there also cancelled.   Here's Pilger explaining it all re: "The War You Don't See."

8:00 Wash Post: MasterCard claims its outage today NOT caused by hacktivists.  Blames fault internal server.  Time will tell.

1:45 CNN names Jessica Yellin cheif WH correspondent. @WLLegal recalls classic @ggreenwald takedown of Yellin: http://t.co/X7zowAM over her questions re: WikiLeaks and Assange.

1:40 Aspen Ideas Fest with panel, covered live, on freedom of the press in the Wikileaks age. James Fallows, Lawrence Lessig, Jeffrey Rosen and Jonathan Zittrain.

12:50 In new advertisement, WikiLeaks spoofs Mastercard—it’s been six months since the fund cutoff—and claims that banks and financial firms have denied it $15 million in donations, so far. Hackers not linked to WikiLeaks took out the MasterCard site this morning.

What Does it Cost to Change the World? from WikiLeaks on Vimeo.

12:45 A new Anonymous-sponsored site “LocalLeaks,” closely modeled, they say, on WikiLeaks, aims to provide a safe, secure way for local government and corporate employees to leak sensitive information.

10:30 New cables released by WikiLeaks show that officials from the United Arab Emirates asked the United States for armed Predator drones to help protect its lengthy maritime and land borders. The US eventually declined to provide the drones.

10:25 Latest from BrazilLeaks: US diplomat called Brazil’s Federal District Legislative Assembly a “house of scoundrels” in 2004 cable.

10:20 As he prepares to leave office, the Financial Times examines Robert Gates “mixed relationship” with European allies. Cables obtained from WikiLeaks show particular tension between the US and Netherlands over Gates criticism of allied troops fighting in Afghanistan.

10:00 The MediaShift Idea Lab on how technology fuels a certain sort of “activism,” including WikiLeaks and hack attacks. Meanwhile, Master Card site still down?

7:30 I’ve noted three resolutions put forward at American Library Assn. backing Bradley Manning in some form. None of them passed.

7:00 @WikiLeaks “The unlawful banking blockade against WikiLeaks in 6th month: The culprits: VISA, MasterCard, PayPal, Bank of America, Western Union.” Hacktavists claim they have taken down MasterCard site again, and indeed it is down for me right now.

 

12:05 The Atlantic adds to earlier reports on journos who are making a lot of dough, and could make much, more of WikiLeaks (BTW, I am not one of them, by a long shot). http://t.co/YybPM3H

12:00 A major Council on Foreign Policy take on our pal Andrew Marshall giant probe on Thailand, based on cables and more. Goodbye monarchy?

From late Monday

@WLLegal points out: “In case you were wondering: AP stylebook declares to those who refuse to capitalize the “L,” it’s “WikiLeaks” http://t.co/d8gWI97.”

Unusual take on the new Thai cables, looking beyond alleged “gossip” to US continuing to back dictator’s military.

People always suggest that I “donate profits” from my recent books to WikiLeaks or to Manning. When I make a profit I will let you know! Doesn’t help when I offer e-books for 99 cents: http://amzn.to/fafqsK http://amzn.to/eLHPrz

WikiLeaks has yet another new media partner for the cables, this time in Brazil.

Protests planned for Assange court appearances starting July 12. See fun photo takeoff on classic Dylan / Allen Ginsberg segment in the film Don’t Look Back. Could be singing, “Julian’s in the basement / mixing up the medicine / I’m on the pavement / Thinking ‘bout the government…. Look out kid, you’re gonna get hit….”

@WikiLeaks reviews new play about Assange in Sydney, which opens with him in bed with woman: New play about Assange is the worst kind of pedestrian garbage. Everyone else: create alternatives http://t.co/I47fOY9.

 

 

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