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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog—Special Weekend Edition!

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.

UPDATED: The Monday edition of this blog.

SUNDAY

8:50  Fascinating story from Romania, on one news outlet scooping another that was about to publish WikiLeaks cables.   As this site puts it:  "Romania’s publishing of its own Wikileaks revelations has descended into a bitter war between two media outlets, as opposed to a fight with authority on the principles of free access to information...Because the stories came out in a rush, they had no impact on the public consciousness. It was too much to read. Readers had to think about what it meant. The stories did not have any context. It is masterpiece of journalistic incompetence on Romania’s part that the media managed to make Wikileaks boring." 

8:45  More controversy in Canada as more cables released today to country's papers, showing frank U.S. assessments of rival leaders.

5:40  How the U.S.  wooed or managed the New Zealand  Green Party w/  free junkets and lunches.

4:00 Turns out some of the Gitmo files on prisoners are missing.  FireDogLake analysis suggests one is the brother of Omar Khadr & a known CIA informant.

11:45  This seems farfetched but @WikiLeaks tweets: : "White house knew for week that Gitmo Files were being released (NYT told). Chose to release Obama birth cert same time."

10:35 @wikileaks tweets: "Gitmo files confirm Irishman, held for over 5 years, was not a terrorist: http://is.gd/msCLwj ."

10:20  Seth Meyers at White Correspondents "nerd prom" last night cracks an Assange joke amid the Obama, Biden, Trump lampoonery.

9:00 McClatchy treats as new a cable we and others reported on months ago -- and softens promises made by Senators McCain, Lieberman and Graham when they met with Gaddafi in a tent.

8:50  Bruce Sterling in Wired on what cables show about America and ....Bollywood.

8:40  Glenn Greenwald appeared on Democracy Now! a couple of days ago, which probably some of you saw / heard, but he also stuck around for a post-show chat with Amy Goodman, and now there's a transcript here.   Yes, at the very end, he hails my books and mentions that this long-running blog should be in the Guinness Book of Records.    Or maybe he means my love of the brew....

8:30  The Daily Beast has a WikiLeaks wish list -- need leaks on where Jimmy Hoffa is buried, what really happened to Amelia Earhart, etc.  Why not, where are Saddam's WMDs? 

* SATURDAY *

11:30  You remember the recent Julian Assange t-shirt contest.  Now there's a Free Bradley Poster contest, here.

6:30  From massive Wikileaks cable dump re: Canada....  Illegal immigrants go to U.S., then aim for Canada.

4:30  Anonymous releases massive trove of files from US Chamber of Commerce (thanks to HB Gary move.

11:15 NPR’s On the Media this week on the Gitmo files.

9:55 Manning supposedly now allowed one visitor every day and unlimited mail.

9:50 We noted a couple of days ago that Charles Ferguson is directed the HBO film on Assange. But Alex Gibney has been working on his doc for awhile, and now he’s interviewing Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir.

9:45 McClatchy has full list of inmates still at Gitmo.

9:15 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 Captain America takes on WikiLeaks and Assange (after a fashion) in new comic.

From late Friday

Update: Jay Carney, WH press secretary, now claims SF Chronicle reporter NOTR being punished for shooting video of last week’s Bradley Manning protest at fundraiser

Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash has written a brand new song about Bradley Manning, titled “Almost Gone,” and may play it on current tour with Crosby. He says it fits into classic “protest” mold.

3:25 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.

Federal prosecutors drop misdemeanor traffic charges against Manning friend David House—stemming from one of his visits back in January. FDL’s Jane Hamsher was with him that day. Judge in case same as “Twitter 3” case, oddly.

Just announced: Army reveals it has found Manning “competent to stand trial,” following evaluations at new home Leavenworth. He would be shipped back to DC area for hearings and trial. NBC’s brief item here.

30 Rock, in humanizing Condi Rice last night, managed to show her playing piano without leaving trace of blood on the keys.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Friday, Day 153

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.

UPDATED:  The weekend edition of this blog here.

5:25  Update: Jay Carney, WH press secretary, now claims SF Chronicle reporter NOTR being punished for shooting video of last week's Bradley Manning protest at fundraiser.

3:55 Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash has written a brand new song about Bradley Manning, titled "Almost Gone," and may play it on current tour with Crosby.  He says it fits into classic "protest" mold.

3:25  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.

2:45 Federal prosecutors drop misdemeanor traffic charges against Manning friend David House -- stemming from one of his visits back in January.  FDL's Jane Hamsher was with him that day.  Judge in case same as "Twitter 3" case, oddly.

11:55  Just announced: Army reveals it has found Manning "competent to stand trial," following evaluations at new home Leavenworth.  He would be shipped back to D.C. area for hearings and trial.  NBC's brief item here.

9:40  "30 Rock," in humanizing Condi Rice last night, managed to show her playing piano without leaving trace of blood on the keys.

7:40  Glenn Greenwald on Democracy Now! today at 8:30 ET, can catch later online if need be.

7:35 Longtime McClatchy reporter and Gitmo expert Carol Rosenberg discusses this week release.

7:30  @WikiLeaks notes that cable release has now reached 10,000.  Only 240,000 to go!

7:20 Human Rights First:  "WikiLeaks disclosure shows the need to close Guantánamo and end questionable practices" 

6:20  Good piece by former SF Chronicle editor Phil Bronstein (one of my old sources when I was at E&P) on Obama administration punishing veteran Chron reporter for going multimedia in shooting video of the Bradley Manning protest last week.   Points out Obama then had the nerve to hang out with Mark Zuckerberg.  "By banning her, and by not acknowledging how contemporary media works, the White House did not just put Carla in a cage but more like one of those stifling pens reserved for calves on their way to being veal."

12:10 Wash Post with analysis of what prosecutor's moves this week with subpoena and letter portend for cases against WikiLeaks and Assange.  The are "exploring potential criminal conspiracy charges under statutes that outlaw the theft of government property and unauthorized access to a computer as well as charges under the Espionage Act. ...The letter makes clear that an array of charges are being considered, in part, experts said, to avoid First Amendment challenges that would arise with a prosecution of WikiLeaks under the Espionage Act. That 1917 law makes it a crime to “communicate or transmit” sensitive information to an unauthorized party, and using it would probably set up a battle over an individual’s right to speak freely."

12:05  Variety reports that Charles Ferguson, who directed great Academy Award-winning "Inside Job" doc, will "helm" the ballyhooed HBO film on Julian Assange.

12:00 Longtime Gitmo files expert Andy Worthington on the "hidden horrors" of what WikiLeaks has released this week.  And here my colleague Kevin Gosztola interviews  Worthington.

From late Thursday

 Great news, film we've highlighted here for several weeks,  inspired by release of Collateral Murder by WikiLeaks -- and focusing on U.S. soldier Ethan McCord who rescued two children and has denounced war --  just won best documentary short at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  Jurors said of Incident in New Baghdad directed by James Spione: : “The winner is a film that bravely explores the residual effects of experiencing trauma in war in a truthful and fearless manner. Using a mixture of archival and current material, this timely film is the story of one man’s struggle to reconcile war, his place in it, and the legacy he will pass on to his children.”   An excerpt below:

 The New Yorker's Amy Davidson connects Obama releasing birth certificate -- and banning some people from clicking on Gitmo files links.

And now, added to reports (below),  a local public radio station describes the Manning Media Tour at Leavenworth today -- first time the prison had done it for any prisoner.  Did not get to see him or his cell but were given photos....

 Now AP is out with its story on today's Manning Media Tour (see other items below). 

 National Catholic Reporter writer out with first piece I've seen on what was viewed on the "Manning media tour" at Leavenworth today, as military tries to put best face forward.   Oddly, they say Manning will be medium custody prisoner starting "tomorrow morning," even though he has been there for over a week now.  He  is now "allowed three hours of recreation a day, the U.S. Army announced this afternoon.  The announcement came at the end of a morning press tour of the facility here where Manning is being held. NCR was part of the tour, which included about a dozen representatives from local, national, and international press organizations."

Controversy over Telegraph publishing name of teen who was raped before ending up at Gitmo--they say full knowledge of Gitmo needed.  Paper published all 759 files today, allegedly without redacting.

  My new piece for 8th anniversary: How media heavies gushed over Bush on "Mission Accomplished" day.  Of course, the WikiLeaks "war logs" release eventually painted a quite different picture, including massive civilian casualties and U.S. standing by while Iraqis tortured Iraqis.

 

The Wikileaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 152

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.

UPDATED: The Friday edition of this blog.

10:30  Great news, film we've highlighted here for several weeks,  inspired by release of Collateral Murder by WikiLeaks -- and focusing on U.S. soldier Ethan McCord who rescued two children and has denounced war --  just won best documentary short at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City.  Jurors said of Incident in New Baghdad directed by James Spione: : “The winner is a film that bravely explores the residual effects of experiencing trauma in war in a truthful and fearless manner. Using a mixture of archival and current material, this timely film is the story of one man’s struggle to reconcile war, his place in it, and the legacy he will pass on to his children.”   An excerpt below:

7:40  My colleague Kevin Gosztola interviews longtime Gitmo files expert Andy Worthington.

7:35 The New Yorker's Amy Davidson connects Obama releasing birth certificate -- and banning some people from clicking on Gitmo files links.

6:00 And now, added to reports (below),  a local public radio station describes the Manning Media Tour at Leavenworth today -- first time the prison had done it for any prisoner.  Did not get to see him or his cell but were given photos....

5:25 Now AP is out with its story on today's Manning Media Tour (see other items below). 

3:40  National Catholic Reporter writer out with first piece I've seen on what was viewed on the "Manning media tour" at Leavenworth today, as military tries to put best face forward.   Oddly, they say Manning will be medium custody prisoner starting "tomorrow morning," even though he has been there for over a week now.  He  is now "allowed three hours of recreation a day, the U.S. Army announced this afternoon.  The announcement came at the end of a morning press tour of the facility here where Manning is being held. NCR was part of the tour, which included about a dozen representatives from local, national, and international press organizations."

1:00 Controversy over Telegraph publishing name of teen who was raped before ending up at Gitmo--they say full knowledge of Gitmo needed.  Paper published all 759 files today, allegedly without redacting.

12:25  Rep. Kucinich, who has hit treatment of Manning at Quantico for much of this year, now slams today's "media day" at new home Leavenworth as "contrivance" and "stunt" and urges media to ignore.

11:15  @WLLegal tweets:  "Odd: DOJ is subpoenaing private citizens & investigating them under the Espionage Act.  Why is no one reporting on this besides @ggreenwald?."    True, but while I have not been reporting, I have been tweeting, blogging and linking....

10:45  Following the issuance of subpoena, @WikiLeaks today tweeted phone number of D.A. in Virginia allegedly handling the grand jury and urged fans to call. 

9:30  My new piece for 8th anniversary: How media heavies gushed over Bush on "Mission Accomplished" day.  Of course, the WikiLeaks "war logs" release eventually painted a quite different picture, including massive civilian casualties and U.S. standing by while Iraqis tortured Iraqis.

9:20 McClatchy's full list of its expanding WikiLeaks materials.

9:00 Lawyer who has been involved in Gitmo litigation longer than anyone comments on WikiLeaks release in New Republic column. " I have tried to explain to my clients that they are no longer people whose alleged misdeeds will be judged individually, but rather, a collective symbol of American national identity. In a country that prizes individualism above all else, I have tried to explain that their individualism has been lost in the pot-clanging and drum-banging that takes place in this country when national identity is at stake. They do not seem to understand."

8:45  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.

8:25  I think I reported it first last night (see two items below) , but here is Politico report on the press tour of Manning's new home.

8:10   WikiLeaks releases all but one of the more than 700 Gitmo files.   Also its @WikiLeaks twitter feed charts the latest few hundred country by country.  The Telegraph posted all on its sites (unredacted?).   And Der Spiegel charts the high number of minors.

8:00 McClatchy: Flawed evidence revealed by files may not help get many of the detainees released or found not guilty (if ever tried).

12:00  I reported (below) that there is a "media tour" of Leavenworth tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. intended to assure people about the allegedly swell new prison conditions for Pvt. Bradley Manning.  Here, courtesy of one of the invited  -- who wrote to me, "This was a total surprise for us.  Got first word of it from a local community radio host" -- some details from his emailed invitation: "Subject matter experts will be available to answer questions after the tour has ended. Media will be allowed to record the outside of the facility during this time..."   No cell phones or video cameras allowed.  Military personnel can be quoted -- but not IDed.

From late Wednesday

WL Central  interviews Gitmo file expert, and WikiLeaks volunteer, Andy Worthington.

Reporter at the National Catholic Reporter tells me the military will be taking him on a press tour of Bradley Manning's new home, Leavenworth, tomorrow.  Not sure if many others invited or solo tour, will check, but interesting...

  You can now write Bradley Manning at:   Prisoner # 89289 ~ 830 Sabalu Road ~ Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 USA

  Remember that Guardian story yesterday (it was on front page) about Al-Qaeda bomber also informing for the Brits' M-16 spy service?  Now lawyer for the guy mocks the story and the whole idea in column at -- The Guardian.  Just "gossip" from the Gitmo files, he says.

We reported yesterday on hints and tweets about the FBI probably serving subpoenas related to WikiLeaks grand jury in Alexandria, VA.  Now Glenn Greenwald has full report.  The first person known about lives in Cambridge, MA., where many Manning friends reside, and case links to Espionage Act, apparently.

 Stars & Stripes tweaks Pentagon flack Morrell for complaining that Gitmo files released wrecked his Easter, boo-hoo.

Absurd NYT blog post on WikiLeaks more interested in "leaing and spinning" which somehow "are not about uncovering the truth."   Writer ignores evidence to contrary in his own story.

 



The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Wednesday, Day 151

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.

UPDATED: Here's the Thursday edition of this blog.

10:10 WL Central  interviews Gitmo file expert, and WikiLeaks volunteer, Andy Worthington.

8:55  Reporter at the National Catholic Reporter tells me the military will be taking him on a press tour of Bradley Manning's new home, Leavenworth, tomorrow.  Not sure if many others invited or solo tour, will check, but interesting...

8:40  You can now write Bradley Manning at:   Prisoner # 89289 ~ 830 Sabalu Road ~ Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027 USA

8:00  Remember that Guardian story yesterday (it was on front page) about Al-Qaeda bomber also informing for the Brits' M-16 spy service?  Now lawyer for the guy mocks the story and the whole idea in column at -- The Guardian.  Just "gossip" from the Gitmo files, he says.

2:52  We reportred yesterday on hints and tweets about the FBI probably serving subpoenas related to WikiLeaks grand jury in Alexandria, VA.  Now Glenn Greenwald has full report.  The first person known about lives in Cambridge, MA., where many Manning friends reside, and case links to Espionage Act, apparently.

2:00 Stars & Stripes tweaks Pentagon flack Morrell for complaining that Gitmo files released wrecked his Easter, boo-hoo.

12:30  Absurd NYT blog post on WikiLeaks more interested in "leaing and spinning" which somehow "are not about uncovering the truth."   Writer ignores evidence to contrary in his own story.

11:30  Wild angle to GItmo files release in Sweden where one paper was to run scoop on Swedish detainee, then was scooped by a rival -- a paper despised by WikiLeaks because of its coverage of Assange sex case.  Charges of leaking the leak and more. 

 10:10  Michael Busch at FDL on the Gitmo files for the big guy, Abu Zabaydah.

9:15  Was hoping WikiLeaks would release Obama's full birth certificate before the White House, but now too late.

8:55 Longtime Gitmo files expert Andy Worthington: The Hidden Horrors of WikiLeaks’ Guantánamo Files  

8:15  As I noted last night:  New piece just up at NYT by Stelter and Cohen on the media, WikiLeaks and Gitmo files -- the rush to be first to publish and Assange turning to more and more media partners.  Yes, I am quoted in the piece based on interview with Stelter.  NYT's Keller says he hasn't talked to Assange in months

8:00 Uproar in Montreal as Muslim community there denounces doc in Gitmo release that suggests a local mosque is a terror haven.

7:50  L.A. Times: What Bradley Manning and Khalid Shaikh Mohammed have in common.

3:10  Robert Scheer at Truthdig on "All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print," notes:   "Why indeed is Manning the one behind bars and not the government officials who kept hidden unpleasant truths about this nation’s policies that the public has a right to know? And why do leaders of our constitutionally protected free press now seek to distance themselves from news sources that have performed a great public service?"

12:20  Surprise!  Jeffrey Rosen of the New Republic hails NYT coverage of Gitmo files, slams Assange and WikiLeaks (who made it all possible).  And more upset that false charges in files could hurt prosecutions -- not that false charges led to people jailed for years.

12:15 Was detainee blackmailed by sex tape?

12:00 Ipsos poll in 24 countries finds about 2 in 3 back Wikileaks and say Assange should not be prosecuted for leaks -- almost exact  reverse of findings for USA.

From late Tuesday

New piece just up at NYT by Stelter and Cohen on the media, WikiLeaks and Gitmo files -- the rush to be first to publish and Assange turning to more and more media partners.  Yes, I am quoted in the piece based on interview with Stelter.  NYT's Keller says he hasn't talked to Assange in months. ALSO from NYT tonight: "absurd" situation of everyone in world being able to click on Gitmo documents except Gitmo defense attorneys after being warned that they are still classified! 

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.

  New McClatchy piece in Gitmo files by my pal Tom Lasseter on large number of innocent Afghans held at Gitmo.  "In at least 44 cases, U.S. military intelligence officials concluded that detainees had no connection to militant activity at all." 

 Jim Miklaszewski of NBC takes serious look at Obama's "He broke the law" opinion on Manning.  Military legal expert tells him it was very bad thing for commander in chief to say....but Miklaszewski concludes that it still will not affect trial. 

Good report by Forbes' reliable Andy Greenberg on that Wikileaks fundraising report today, with details like U.S. leading the pack in donations, best fundraising month followed Cablegate release, 91,000 spent on travel 'most in economy class and at medium-priced hotels," and more.

David House, @lockean, Bradley Manning's friend and visitor, and the main Wikileaks feed itself  tweeted ominously a short bit ago: "Subpoenas are being issued in the WikiLeaks grand jury. Violations of Espionage Act. No further comment at this time."

  New study, just out, says doctors and shrinks at Gitmo turned blind eye to abuses. The authors call into question whether military doctors, who like their civilian colleagues generally adhere to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm, should have done more when confronted with potential of abuse or torture.

Rep. Kucinich on Manning and Assange and WikiLeaks. On Manning: “Now, people who are charged with the custody of that information do have an obligation and they basically promise to maintain confidentiality. That’s one of the consequences that Bradley Manning is facing as a soldier. We can admire his moral courage, but at the same time, understand that if he you know, if in fact, he broke some laws with respect to his responsibility to hold safe certain types of information; well you know, he may have to face the consequences for that. That’s a moral decision that he made, but what makes it moral is knowing that there are risks involved.”

The German Foundation that helps collect and distribute money for WikiLeaks has issued an annual report. Yesterday we link to finding on how PayPal exit hurt finances. Now here is AP story on overall picture, donations vs. expenses, and fact that no Assange legal fees paid for by donations.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 150

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:   The Wednesday edition of this blog here and now.

10:45 New piece just up at NYT by Stelter and Cohen on the media, WikiLeaks and Gitmo files -- the rush to be first to publish and Assange turning to more and more media partners.  Yes, I am quoted in the piece based on interview with Stelter.  NYT's Keller says he hasn't talked to Assange in months.

ALSO from NYT tonight: "absurd" situation of everyone in world being able to click on Gitmo documents except Gitmo defense attorneys after being warned that they are still classified! 

9:30  New McClatchy piece in Gitmo files by my pal Tom Lasseter on large number of innocent Afghans held at Gitmo.  "In at least 44 cases, U.S. military intelligence officials concluded that detainees had no connection to militant activity at all." 

9:00 Jim Miklaszewski of NBC takes serious look at Obama's "He broke the law" opinion on Manning.  Military legal expert tells him it was very bad thing for commander in chief to say....but Miklaszewski concludes that it still will not affect trial. 

5:10  Good report by Forbes' reliable Andy Greenberg on that Wikileaks fundraising report today, with details like U.S. leading the pack in donations, best fundraising month followed Cablegate release, 91,000 spent on travel 'most in economy class and at medium-priced hotels," and more.

4:10  David House, @lockean, Bradley Manning's friend and visitor, and the main Wikileaks feed itself  tweeted ominously a short bit ago: "Subpoenas are being issued in the WikiLeaks grand jury. Violations of Espionage Act. No further comment at this time."

4:05  New study, just out, says doctors and shrinks at Gitmo turned blind eye to abuses. The authors call into question whether military doctors, who like their civilian colleagues generally adhere to the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm, should have done more when confronted with potential of abuse or torture.

3:15 Rep. Kucinich on Manning and Assange and WikiLeaks. On Manning: “Now, people who are charged with the custody of that information do have an obligation and they basically promise to maintain confidentiality. That’s one of the consequences that Bradley Manning is facing as a soldier. We can admire his moral courage, but at the same time, understand that if he you know, if in fact, he broke some laws with respect to his responsibility to hold safe certain types of information; well you know, he may have to face the consequences for that. That’s a moral decision that he made, but what makes it moral is knowing that there are risks involved.”

1:55 The German Foundation that helps collect and distribute money for WikiLeaks has issued an annual report. Yesterday we link to finding on how PayPal exit hurt finances. Now here is AP story on overall picture, donations vs. expenses, and fact that no Assange legal fees paid for by donations.

12:20 For fun don’t miss this: NewsBusters story combines multiple right wing obsessions, claiming US taxpayers back WikiLeaks assault on US foreign policy—via evil funding for NPR, which now covers the Gitmo files in-depth.

12:10 Ellsberg on Democracy Now! says due to Obama statement on guilt charges against Manning should be dropped.

12:05 Yes, folks, phone app game inspired by Wikileaks now available: TrickyLeaks. 99 cents for android. Review says it’s fast-paced—maybe a little too much—and that likely will come to tablet. Includes WikiLeaks iconic dripping hour glass…

11:15 143 Guantánamo files now released at Wikileaks site; 600 to go.

11:10 AFP with response from ACLU and others on the “original sin” of Gitmo highlighted by files. Wash Post today, however, claimed files gives ammunition to “both sides” in the Gitmo debate. Post editorial page has always been among most negative about WikiLeaks from the start, although news side of paper now a partner.

10:50 Full review of the Gitmo files, and the coverage, around the world from Foreign Policy, with list of new revelations and details added to what was known before. For example: “At least 10 foreign governments, including China, Tunisia, Morocco, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Jordan, Algeria, Yemen and Kuwait were allowed to send agents to interrogate detainees (Guardian). “

9:55 NYT, despite good editorial today, continues to focus its news coverage on Gitmo files on how evil and dangerous the prisoners were—not the whopping number who were innocent. Front-page story today on post-9/11 plots actually shows how far from fruition they were—which is why they have not received such full treatment before. Michael Tomasky on the Guardian with good column here.

9:50: More controversy in India, as Assange reveals today there are Indian names in the Swiss bank data list (illegal offshore accounts supplied by Elmer) that are going to be made public. Q&A on this and more here.

9:45 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.

9:35 Latest from Bradley Manning backers on Obama saying, “He broke the law.”

8:55 Democracy Now doing another Gitmo segment right now, or can catch re-airing online later.

8:50 Andrew Cohen at The Atlantic: “No Wonder Congress Wants to Hide the Gitmo Detainees.”

8:45 This first came out months ago but getting new attention at Der Speigel today, and why not: Saudi King suggested planting chips in Gitmo inmates.

8:30 WikiLeaks continues to release Gitmo files and label them from different countries, good way to follow is via their Twitter feed @wikileaks. They also have things like: “Extrajudicial US banking embargo severely hit WikiLeaks financials http://is.gd/HSyyaW.”

3:20At WLCentral: Julian Assange says Rudolf Elmer is being held hostage for Swiss banking data—if Wikileaks returns docs, he might get off.

12:05 NYT story tonight on “chilling” dossier of Gitmo prisoner who really pushed for more post-9/11 attacks.

12:00 LA Times: Gitmo files show Khalid Shaikh Mohammed claimed he was warned by senior Al Qaeda not to kill reporter Daniel Pearl—but he cut off his head anyway. Due to torture of the prisoner, and other factors, you may want to take this with grain of salt.

From late Monday

Strong NYT editorial tonight: “The internal documents from the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, published in the The Times on Monday were a chilling reminder of the legal and moral disaster that President George W. Bush created there. They describe the chaos, lawlessness and incompetence in his administration’s system for deciding detainees’ guilt or innocence and assessing whether they would be a threat if released…. The disaster at Guantánamo Bay is now Mr. Obama’s problem. He should not compound Mr. Bush’s mistakes in his efforts to correct them.”

Amazing: The Atlantic does the counting and finds that the NYT (tho often critical of Assange) has cited WikiLeaks docs in more than half of daily editions this year—and that’s not counting brief references to Assange or Manning but only actual use of documents. Would probably be even higher percentage going back to last Thanksgiving when Cable gate broke.

Bombshell from the Guardian: Al Qaeda terrorist / bomber also worked for Brit spy service M-16. “Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, an Algerian citizen described as a “facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaida,” was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and later sent to Guantánamo Bay. “But according to Hamlili’s Guantánamo ‘assessment’ file, one of 759 individual dossiers obtained by the Guardian, US interrogators were convinced that he was simultaneously acting as an informer for British and Canadian intelligence.”

Best headline of day for Wired story by Spencer Ackerman: “WikiLeaks Exposes Terror Master’s Nincompoop Nephew.” The terror master is Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. “Turns out nepotism doesn’t work any better in the terrorism game than it does in business or in politics.”

Good point by @WLLegal: Right-winger Marc Thiessen of Wash Post wrote last December, “You’re Either With Us, Or You’re With WikiLeaks.” Meaning, WikiLeaks anti-American, criminal. Now Wash Post is full WikiLeaks partner on releases. Whoops.

Not from Gitmo files but good for context: “It has has been reported that prisoners cooperating with interrogations have been rewarded with Happy Meals from the McDonald’s located on the mainside of the base.” Also there a Subway and Taco Bell etc.

Now it begins. We’ve seen it with every previous WikiLeaks release: the media people who proclaim early on, “nothing to see here, just move along.” Here’s Mark Thompson at Time. Touching how he relies fully on angles from NYT and Wash Post as be-all and end-all.

The WikiLeaks Blog: The Guantánamo Files

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   Go here for Tuesday blog.

10:50  Strong NYT editorial tonight: "The internal documents from the prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, published in The Times on Monday were a chilling reminder of the legal and moral disaster that President George W. Bush created there. They describe the chaos, lawlessness and incompetence in his administration’s system for deciding detainees’ guilt or innocence and assessing whether they would be a threat if released....The disaster at Guantánamo Bay is now Mr. Obama’s problem. He should not compound Mr. Bush’s mistakes in his efforts to correct them." 

7:45  The Gitmo Files: Center for Constitional Rights analysis, video. 

5:05  Amazing:  The Atlantic does the counting and finds that the NYT (tho often critical of Assange) has cited WikiLeaks docs in more than half of daily editions this year -- and that's not counting brief references to Assange or Manning but only actual use of documents.  Would probably be even higher percentage going back to last Thanksgiving when Cable gate broke.

4:25  Bombshell from the Guardian: Al-qaeda terrorist / bomber also worked for Brit spy service M-16. "Adil Hadi al Jazairi Bin Hamlili, an Algerian citizen described as a "facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaida", was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and later sent to Guantánamo Bay.

"But according to Hamlili's Guantánamo "assessment" file, one of 759 individual dossiers obtained by the Guardian, US interrogators were convinced that he was simultaneously acting as an informer for British and Canadian intelligence."

3:40  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.

3:30  Best headline of day for Wired story by Spencer Ackerman:  "WikiLeaks Exposes Terror Master's Nincompoop Nephew."  The terror master is Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.  "Turns out nepotism doesn’t work any better in the terrorism game than it does in business or in politics."

3:00 Good point by @WLLegal:  Right-winger Marc Thiessen of Wash Post wrote last December, "You're Either With Us, Or You're With WikiLeaks."   Meaning, WikiLeaks anti-American, criminal. Now Wash Post is full WikiLeaks partner on releases. Whoops.

2:30  Not from Gitmo files but good for context: "It has has been reported that prisoners cooperating with interrogations have been rewarded with Happy Meals from the McDonald's located on the mainside of the base."  Also there a Subway and Taco Bell etc. 

2:20  Now it begins.  We've seen it with every previous WikiLeaks release: the media people who proclaim early on, "nothing to see here, just move along."  Here's Mark Thompson at TIME.   Touching how he relies fully on angles from NYT and Wash Post as be all and end all. 

2:00  @JasonLeopold tweets:  "Was just told DOJ has advised all Gitmo defense attys that they need 2 treat files on dets as classified, despite release."

1:55 Al Jazeera video on the files.

1:45  Phone number of someone at BBC found on phone list of a Gitmo detainee so analyst suggests possible terror "propaganda" media connection!   Number now disconnected, in any case.

1:00 Just now: Mike Calderone tweets on WH response,  "During briefing, @PressSec condemns release of #WikiLeaks #GITMO docs – says “unfortunate” NYT and others published docs obtained illegally." 

12:55  @WLLegal tweets:  "From LawFare: Why the #WikiLeaks releases may not have much significance for those detainees still at Guantanamo http://bit.ly/ijkV4A." 

12:30  Der Spiegel now out with its full report on the Gitmo files.  It's one the seven WikiLeaks partners on this.

11:55  CJR reprints its profile of Al Jazeera cameraman, ex-GItmo prisoner, now center of news.

11:20  Tweet of the month?  Pentagon press secy Morrell @PentagonPresSec complains that damn WikiLeaks ruined his Easter weekend: " Thx to Wikileaks we spent Easter weekend dealing w/NYT & other news orgs publishing leaked classified GTMO docs."  Human rights abuses?  Torture? Transparency?  Forget it, I missed that roast lamb and Easter Egg Hunt. 

10:50  The Guardian: "One of the biggest and most explosive clashes at Guantánamo Bay has been fought not between guards and prisoners but between US interrogators," according to  Ewen MacAskill.

10:40  My colleague Kevin Gosztola's wrap-up on what's in the files, at WL Central.

10:30  The Australian on how the Gitmo file release reveals "cut-throat" rivalry between media orgs. 

10:00 Glenn Greenwald, who has closely followed issue for years, weighs in with his first full report on Gitmo files releases and full extent of "travesty" now revealed.  Includes:  "Given that multiple media outlets have just published huge amounts of classified information, it is more difficult than ever to distinguish between WikiLeaks and, say, the NYT or the Post under the law. How could anyone possibly justify prosecuting WikiLeaks for disseminating classified information while not prosecuting these newspapers who have done exactly the same thing."  Also he looks at how different outlets have handled, with NYT focusing on evil detainees while Guardian looks at evil incarceration. 

9:50  What was Bradley Manning's role in the leak of the Gitmo files? In the infamous "chat logs" with Lamo he makes very few, and sketchy, references to leaking some sort of Gitmo files, but much less descriptive to his references to other leaks he is accused of (we note again, he has not been convicted of anything).  Also, there were rumors and reports that WikiLeaks had Gitmo files before Manning's alleged leaking took place.  So hard to nail down right now.  My Bradley Manning book here has fullest treatment on the chat logs and all of this.

9:45  Al Jazeera cameraman held at Gitmo, later released, interviewed about this reaction to release of files (which include unproven charges against him).

9:35  The New Yorker's great Amy Davidson picks out some of reasons people held at Gitmo from files, such as: " A sharecropper because he was familiar with mountain passes... an eighty-nine year old man, who was suffering from dementia... a cameraman for Al Jazeera, to detail its operations.... a fourteen-year-old named Naqib Ullah, described in his file as a 'kidnap victim,'  who might know about the Taliban men who kidnapped him. (Ullah spent a year in the prison.).... Our reasons, in short, do not always really involve a belief that a prisoner is dangerous to us or has committed some crime; sometimes (and this is more debased) we mostly think we might find him useful"      

9:30  AP report on Gitmo files includes reference to NYT analysis showing that word "possibly" used by U.S. 387 times in referring to what detainees might have done.

9:15  What to watch as day goes on: 1) new revelations from files 2) will U.S. go after news orgs?  3) debate over WikiLeaks and others redacting the files -- or failing to do so.

9:10  The Guardian's WikiLeaks blog is back with full coverage, including fact that it is "staggering" coverage all day.  Latest on large number of detainees classified as having mental disorders.  And this:  U.S. classifies chief spy service of our ally Pakistan as a "terrorist" organization.

8:45  David Leigh of The Guardian, long involved in nasty feud with Julian Assange, now claims Assange  "double-crossed" the paper in distributing the Gitmo files to various "right-wing" news orgs and ignoring his paper, allegedly because of The Guardian's coverage of his sex crime case.  Assange has worked with the conservative Daily Telegraph but the "right wing" news outlets he turned to for the Gitmo file dump included the Washington Post and McClatchy.    @WikiLeaks tweets:  "We are pleased that the NYT, Guardian & NPR eventually added their weight to increasing our impact, regardless of the intent of some."

Leigh in a tweet charged that WikiLeaks had not (unlike the NYT and Guardian, he said ) redacted from files info (such as sex charge claims) from the files.

8:40  Andy Worthington live on Democracy Now on his role in Gitmo files release.   NYT and NPR "interactive docket" on all detainees.  

8:35 More from Calderone's report on Gitmo files and media race (see below):  NYT and NPR reps visited White House and Pentagon recently  to discuss documents before publication and agreed to some requests for "redactions," though not all.  The Times has been criticized for showing Cablegate cables to various agencies in advance,  and holding back some.  The Pentagon hit the news outlets last night for deciding to publish.

8:00  We followed is closely last night (see below) and now Mike Calderone at Huff Post has rundown on the race to publish / cover the new Gitmo files featuring NYT and others.  As reported last night Times executive editor Bill Keller confirms it got the docs beyond WIkiLeaks and with no embargo.  "Meanwhile, another group of media outlets were already sifting through the top-secret material, albeit under embargo. As with past WikiLeaks releases, news organizations accepted documents under an agreement to hold off on publishing until WikiLeaks does.

"Since cutting ties with the Times, WikiLeaks had been looking for new U.S.-based news organizations to work with. In mid-February, WikiLeaks began working with McClatchy Newspapers and the Washington Post. WikiLeaks provided those organizations with the Guantanamo Bay documents near the end of March."   Then, as we guessed last night, they had to move "abruptly" when learning of the NYT decison to publish--and after The Daily Telegraph jumped in London.

7:55   BBC:  Of 779 detainees at Guantanamo, all but 220 were innocent or low-level guerrillas.

7:45  Gitmo file for imprisoned Al Jazeera reporter Sami Al-Hajj.

1:10  From The Guardian:  Guantánamo Bay files: Obama grapples with fate of last 172 prisoners 

1:05  @WikiLeaks tweets:  "Domscheit, NYT, Guardian, attempted Gitmo spoiler against our 8 group coalition. We had intel on them and published first." May be technically true but -- NYT had coverage up first, not the others. 

1:00  WLCentral: 2011-04-25 The Gitmo Files: What Can Be Found in Each File 

From late Sunday (the latest first)

Who leaked the WikiLeaks files to The Times?  To summarize:  WikiLeaks gave its Gitmo files to 7 news outlets but not the NYT or The Guardian, probably due to falling out with them over previous leaks.  But someone leaked the files to the Times, which in turn gave them to The Guardian and NPR.  The Times decided to go ahead tonight with covering / publishing files tonight, and WikiLeaks and partners apparently then rushed to lift embargo and come out with their coverage an hour or two behind the Times.  At least that's all suggested by McClatchy and The Guardian.  Or did NYT learn that embarge was about to be broken and so moved "abruptly" first? In any  case:  WHO LEAKED THE FILES TO THE TIMES?     Remember, the Times is not claiming that it got them from a government or Gitmo or military source, or from the original leaker -- it says these ARE the WikiLeaks documents.  So does that mean they came from one of several disgruntled ex-WikiLeakers?

Guantánamo piled lie upon lie through the momentum of its own existence  by  Julian Glover  at The Guardian.

The @WikiLeaks feed at Twitter ontinues to link to individual detainee files, including Australia's David Hicks.

Assange tormenter David Leigh talks about The Guardian's take on the Gitmo files -- which he says they obtained from NYT, not WikiLeaks.   This is sure to make Assange get madder.  Here's site for Guardian coverage.

@WikiLeaks notes:  "If you read Wikileaks' 'Gitmo Files' please do so with extra caution. 'Confessions' made under torture are suspect."

Now McClatchy publishes ITS stories based on Gitmo files (co-author is my old friend and ace Iraq reporter Tom Lasseter).  Also reveals that 7 outlets in all got files on "embargoed" basis last month from WikiLeaks.  And mystery solved on timing and NYT getting first from another source: "WikiLeaks abruptly lifted the embargo Sunday night, after the organization became aware that the documents had been leaked to other news organizations, which were about to publish stories about them." 

NYT with "never before seen" photos of Gitmo detainees.

  Wash Post now out with its full package on the Gitmo files, with timelines, interactive features, more.  Says it got them from WikiLeaks.   Main story focuses on new details about al-Qaeda leaders.  So NYT scooped them by going with its own leak, or so it says.  

Interesting that NYT was the first and only place to go with stories based on Gitmo files for much of this evening --although it claims The Guardian and NPR have them.  In fact, NPR says it got them from the Times and just 5 minutes ago put up its first report.  

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, says Wash Post has them (the Telegraph has had WikiLeaks docs for some time and did its own write up, see below).  Remember, the Times claims it got docs from an anonymous source, not WikiLeaks.   Which raises questions:   Was Times afraid to publish until it learned others -- opr WikiLeaks itself (see below) had them and were about to publish?  Did it publish now to scoop the others?  Are others now scrambling to catch up?   Did the Telegraph force their hand?  MOnths ago Assange was angry when The Guardian got its own leak of a previous major release, meaning it could do what it pleased -- same thing now with NYT

Here at the WikiLeaks site is their full story on, and release of, the Gitmo files.  Did this force NYT's hand?  The @WikiLeaks twitter feed is linking to individual files on prisoners from a wide variety of countries.

NYT 's editors' note on why they published Gitmo files, claim NPR and The Guardian also have.   Here's full response by U.S. government to NYT and others publishing Gitmo docs.  From Petnagon spokesman Geoff Morrell:  “It is unfortunate that The New York Times and other news organizations have made the decision to publish numerous documents obtained illegally b WikiLeaksconcerning the Guantanamo detention facility. These documents contain classified information about current and former GTMO detainees, and we strongly condemn the leaking of this sensitive information.

“The Wikileaks releases include Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) written by the Department of Defense between 2002 and early 2009. These DABs were written based on a range of information available then.

“The Guantanamo Review Task Force, established in January 2009, considered the DABs during its review of detainee information. In some cases, the Task Force came to the same conclusions as the DABs. In other instances the Review Task Force came to different conclusions, based on updated or other available information. The assessments of the Guantanamo Review Task Force have not been compromised to Wikileaks. Thus, any given DAB illegally obtained and released by Wikileaks may or may not represent the current view of a given detainee.

“Both the previous and the current Administrations have made every effort to act with the utmost care and diligence in transferring detainees from Guantanamo. The previous Administration transferred 537 detainees; to date, the current Administration has transferred 67. Both Administrations have made the protection of American citizens the top priority and we are concerned that the disclosure of these documents could be damaging to those efforts. That said, we will continue to work with allies and partners around the world to mitigate threats to the U.S. and other countries and to work toward the ultimate closure of the Guantanamo detention facility, consistent with good security practices and our values as a nation.”

More from the NYT on the Gitmo files (besides its main story, see link below).  Charlie Savage on how suicides "rattled" the prison.   Another  take on use of "flawed evidence" to "assess risk." 

  Breaking: NYT with story based on those long-rumored Gitmo files obtained by WikiLeaks -- but Times says it got them from another source.  Also, that other media have them too.  The Daily Telegraph in London claims to have been shown "thousands" of docs that WikiLeaks will publish soon.   It claims Wash Post also has. Sure to be controversial on several levels.  "The shocking human cost of obtaining this intelligence is also exposed with dozens of innocent people sent to Guantanamo – and hundreds of low-level foot-soldiers being held for years and probably tortured before being assessed as of little significance"

But: "The documents are largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantánamo — including sleep deprivation, shackling in stress positions and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures — that drew global condemnation."

 

'Gitmo Files' Finally Released by WIkiLeaks—but 'NYT' Got Its Own Copy

WikiLeaks revealed long ago that it had files on all of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, at least through 2009, but their release only arrived tonight, via seven news outlets around the world. Adding to the intrigue: the New York Times claims it received its own files and so was able to scoop everyone else.

Here's how I covered the evening over at my daily WikiLeaks blog. Go here for today's many updates and surprises and shocks.

11:25 Who leaked the WikiLeaks files to the Times? To summarize: WikiLeaks gave its Gitmo files to seven news outlets but not the NYT or the Guardian, probably due to falling out with them over previous leaks. But someone leaked the files to the Times, which in turn gave them to the Guardian and NPR. The Times decided to go ahead tonight with covering/publishing files tonight, and WikiLeaks and partners apparently then rushed to lift embargo and come out with their coverage an hour or two behind the Times. At least that's all suggested by McClatchy and the Guardian. Or did NYT learn that embarge was about to be broken and so moved "abruptly" first? In any case: Who leaked the files to the Times? Remember, the Times is not claiming that it got them from a government or Gitmo or military source, or from the original leaker—it says these are the WikiLeaks documents. So does that mean they came from one of several disgruntled ex-WikiLeakers?

11:20 Guantánamo piled lie upon lie through the momentum of its own existence by Julian Glover at the Guardian.

11:15 The @WikiLeaks feed at Twitter ontinues to link to individual detainee files, including Australia's David Hicks.

11:10 Assange tormenter David Leigh talks about the Guardian's take on the Gitmo files—which he says they obtained from NYT, not WikiLeaks. This is sure to make Assange get madder. Here's site for Guardian coverage.

11:05 @WikiLeaks notes: "If you read Wikileaks' 'Gitmo Files' please do so with extra caution. 'Confessions' made under torture are suspect."

11:00 Now McClatchy publishes its stories based on Gitmo files (co-author is my old friend and ace Iraq reporter Tom Lasseter). Also reveals that seven outlets in all got files on "embargoed" basis last month from WikiLeaks. And mystery solved on timing and NYT getting first from another source: "WikiLeaks abruptly lifted the embargo Sunday night, after the organization became aware that the documents had been leaked to other news organizations, which were about to publish stories about them."

10:10 Gitmo files reveal new details on actions by 9/11 conspirators.

9:55 NYT with "never before seen" photos of Gitmo detainees.

9:50 Wash Post now out with its full package on the Gitmo files, with timelines, interactive features, more. Says it got them from WikiLeaks. Main story focuses on new details about Al Qaeda leaders. So NYT scooped them by going with its own leak, or so it says.

9:25 Interesting that NYT was the first and only place to go with stories based on Gitmo files for much of this evening --although it claims the Guardian and NPR have them. In fact, NPR says it got them from the Times and just five minutes ago put up its first report.

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, says Wash Post has them (the Telegraph has had WikiLeaks docs for some time and did its own write up, see below). Remember, the Times claims it got docs from an anonymous source, not WikiLeaks. Which raises questions: Was Times afraid to publish until it learned others—opr WikiLeaks itself (see below) had them and were about to publish? Did it publish now to scoop the others? Are others now scrambling to catch up? Did the Telegraph force their hand? Months ago Assange was angry when the Guardian got its own leak of a previous major release, meaning it could do what it pleased—same thing now with NYT?

9:20 Here at the WikiLeaks site is their full story on, and release of, the Gitmo files. Did this force NYT's hand? The @WikiLeaks twitter feed is linking to individual files on prisoners from a wide variety of countries.

9:15 NYT 's editors' note on why they published Gitmo files, claim NPR and the Guardian also have. Here's full response by US government to NYT and others publishing Gitmo docs. From Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell: “It is unfortunate that The New York Times and other news organizations have made the decision to publish numerous documents obtained illegally by WikiLeaks concerning the Guantanamo detention facility. These documents contain classified information about current and former GTMO detainees, and we strongly condemn the leaking of this sensitive information.

“The Wikileaks releases include Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) written by the Department of Defense between 2002 and early 2009. These DABs were written based on a range of information available then.

“The Guantanamo Review Task Force, established in January 2009, considered the DABs during its review of detainee information. In some cases, the Task Force came to the same conclusions as the DABs. In other instances the Review Task Force came to different conclusions, based on updated or other available information. The assessments of the Guantanamo Review Task Force have not been compromised to Wikileaks. Thus, any given DAB illegally obtained and released by Wikileaks may or may not represent the current view of a given detainee.

“Both the previous and the current Administrations have made every effort to act with the utmost care and diligence in transferring detainees from Guantanamo. The previous Administration transferred 537 detainees; to date, the current Administration has transferred 67. Both Administrations have made the protection of American citizens the top priority and we are concerned that the disclosure of these documents could be damaging to those efforts. That said, we will continue to work with allies and partners around the world to mitigate threats to the US and other countries and to work toward the ultimate closure of the Guantanamo detention facility, consistent with good security practices and our values as a nation.”

9:10 More from the NYT on the Gitmo files (besides its main story, see link below). Charlie Savage on how suicides "rattled" the prison. Another take on use of "flawed evidence" to "assess risk."

8:50 Breaking: NYT with story based on those long-rumored Gitmo files obtained by WikiLeaks—but Times says it got them from another source. Also, that other media have them too. The Daily Telegraph in London claims to have been shown "thousands" of docs that WikiLeaks will publish soon. It claims Wash Post also has. Sure to be controversial on several levels. "The shocking human cost of obtaining this intelligence is also exposed with dozens of innocent people sent to Guantanamo—and hundreds of low-level foot-soldiers being held for years and probably tortured before being assessed as of little significance"

But: "The documents are largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantanamo—including sleep deprivation, shackling in stress positions and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures—that drew global condemnation."

7:50 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.

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

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 are ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about or order 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.

UPDATED:  Go to the Monday edition of this blog.

* SUNDAY *

11:25  Who leaked the WikiLeaks files to The Times?  To summarize:  WikiLeaks gave its Gitmo files to 7 news outlets but not the NYT or The Guardian, probably due to falling out with them over previous leaks.  But someone leaked the files to the Times, which in turn gave them to The Guardian and NPR.  The Times decided to go ahead tonight with covering / publishing files tonight, and WikiLeaks and partners apparently then rushed to lift embargo and come out with their coverage an hour or two behind the Times.  At least that's all suggested by McClatchy and The Guardian.  Or did NYT learn that embarge was about to be broken and so moved "abruptly" first? In any  case:  WHO LEAKED THE FILES TO THE TIMES?     Remember, the Times is not claiming that it got them from a government or Gitmo or military source, or from the original leaker -- it says these ARE the WikiLeaks documents.  So does that mean they came from one of several disgruntled ex-WikiLeakers?

11:20  Guantánamo piled lie upon lie through the momentum of its own existence  by  Julian Glover  at The Guardian.

11:15  The @WikiLeaks feed at TWitter ontinues to link to individual detainee files, including Australia's David Hicks.

11:10  Assange tormenter David Leigh talks about The Guardian's take on the Gitmo files -- which he says they obtained from NYT, not WikiLeaks.   This is sure to make Assange get madder.  Here's site for Guardian coverage.

11:05  @WikiLeaks notes:  "If you read Wikileaks' 'Gitmo Files' please do so with extra caution. 'Confessions' made under torture are suspect."

11:00 Now McClatchy publishes ITS stories based on Gitmo files (co-author is my old friend and ace Iraq reporter Tom Lasseter).  Also reveals that 7 outlets in all got files on "embargoed" basis last month from WikiLeaks.  And mystery solved on timing and NYT getting first from another source: "WikiLeaks abruptly lifted the embargo Sunday night, after the organization became aware that the documents had been leaked to other news organizations, which were about to publish stories about them." 

10:10  Gitmo files reveal new details on actions by 9/11 conspirators.

9:55 NYT with "never before seen" photos of Gitmo detainees.

9:50  Wash Post now out with its full package on the Gitmo files, with timelines, interactive features, more.  Says it got them from WikiLeaks.   Main story focuses on new details about al-Qaeda leaders.  So NYT scooped them by going with its own leak, or so it says.  

9:25 Interesting that NYT was the first and only place to go with stories based on Gitmo files for much of this evening --although it claims The Guardian and NPR have them.  In fact, NPR says it got them from the Times and just 5 minutes ago put up its first report.  

The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, says Wash Post has them (the Telegraph has had WikiLeaks docs for some time and did its own write up, see below).  Remember, the Times claims it got docs from an anonymous source, not WikiLeaks.   Which raises questions:   Was Times afraid to publish until it learned others -- opr WikiLeaks itself (see below) had them and were about to publish?  Did it publish now to scoop the others?  Are others now scrambling to catch up?   Did the Telegraph force their hand?  MOnths ago Assange was angry when The Guardian got its own leak of a previous major release, meaning it could do what it pleased -- same thing now with NYT

9:20  Here at the WikiLeaks site is their full story on, and release of, the Gitmo files.  Did this force NYT's hand?  The @WikiLeaks twitter feed is linking to individual files on prisoners from a wide variety of countries.

9:15  NYT 's editors' note on why they published Gitmo files, claim NPR and The Guardian also have.   Here's full response by U.S. government to NYT and others publishing Gitmo docs.  From Petnagon spokesman Geoff Morrell:  “It is unfortunate that The New York Times and other news organizations have made the decision to publish numerous documents obtained illegally b WikiLeaksconcerning the Guantanamo detention facility. These documents contain classified information about current and former GTMO detainees, and we strongly condemn the leaking of this sensitive information.

“The Wikileaks releases include Detainee Assessment Briefs (DABs) written by the Department of Defense between 2002 and early 2009. These DABs were written based on a range of information available then.

“The Guantanamo Review Task Force, established in January 2009, considered the DABs during its review of detainee information. In some cases, the Task Force came to the same conclusions as the DABs. In other instances the Review Task Force came to different conclusions, based on updated or other available information. The assessments of the Guantanamo Review Task Force have not been compromised to Wikileaks. Thus, any given DAB illegally obtained and released by Wikileaks may or may not represent the current view of a given detainee.

“Both the previous and the current Administrations have made every effort to act with the utmost care and diligence in transferring detainees from Guantanamo. The previous Administration transferred 537 detainees; to date, the current Administration has transferred 67. Both Administrations have made the protection of American citizens the top priority and we are concerned that the disclosure of these documents could be damaging to those efforts. That said, we will continue to work with allies and partners around the world to mitigate threats to the U.S. and other countries and to work toward the ultimate closure of the Guantanamo detention facility, consistent with good security practices and our values as a nation.”

9:10  More from the NYT on the Gitmo files (besides its main story, see link below).  Charlie Savage on how suicides "rattled" the prison.   Another  take on use of "flawed evidence" to "assess risk." 

8:50  Breaking: NYT with story based on those long-rumored Gitmo files obtained by WikiLeaks -- but Times says it got them from another source.  Also, that other media have them too.  The Daily Telegraph in London claims to have been shown "thousands" of docs that WikiLeaks will publish soon.   It claims Wash Post also has. Sure to be controversial on several levels.  "The shocking human cost of obtaining this intelligence is also exposed with dozens of innocent people sent to Guantanamo – and hundreds of low-level foot-soldiers being held for years and probably tortured before being assessed as of little significance"

But: "The documents are largely silent about the use of the harsh interrogation tactics at Guantánamo — including sleep deprivation, shackling in stress positions and prolonged exposure to cold temperatures — that drew global condemnation."

7:50   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.

7:35  Paging Borat!   WikiLeaks' releases for Kazakhstan begin!

7:30 A WikiLeaks movie site has some fun parody posters at top.

7:20  Bradley Manning organizing toolkit.

6:25  WikiLeaks tweets:  "WikiLeaks is pausing from its regular publishing for a week while we deploy additional capacity. Happy holidays!"  But not before releasing dozens of new cables re: Finland. 

10:55 Still awaiting promised Gitmo files from Wikileaks but meanwhile, here is long Wash Post piece on real reason Obama has not closed prison down.

10:45   Eggcitement!   A WikiLeaks Easter egg hunt in NYC today, believe it or not.   With a revelation in every egg.

10:30 Forty-one Haaretz stories in recent weeks based on the cables in one place here.

* SATURDAY *

11:55 Quite a yarn: Activist shows up six weeks early for Manning rally at Leavenworth by mistake, decides, what the hell, I’m here, why not ask for an interview? Of course, he doesn’t get far, and his car and belongings naturally searched. Some good byplay with guards.

10:40 Woman who funded the tickets for “singers” in pro-Manning protest at Obama fundraiser in San Fran explains here. She remains big Obama backer overall, and heir to Pittsburgh Plate Glass fortune. “I told the president that I had smoked marijuana, and he said that was good,” she said. “So I may not have the approval of the DEA, but I do have the approval of the president, to his face.”

3:20 Lengthy Glenn Greenwald post on Obama’s amazing statement on Manning—“He broke the law”—and now the White House’s attempt to climb out of the hole by claiming he was not referring “spefically” to the soldiers guilt or innocence. Also, as we’ve noted, the absurd comparison to the Ellsberg case. Plus an update on how this compares to the old case of Nixon and Manson.

12:50 My colleague Kevin Gosztola has now posted a second video interview from yesterday, this time with the director of the new film at Tribeca Fest focusing on “Collateral Murder” and soldier Ethan McCord. Yesterday the video included great monologue by McCord (see below).

12:15 Salon: “The Vindication of P.J. Crowley.” Spoke up for Manning, within a month, move ordered.

7:40 And now UniLeaks—to keep universities honest, they say.

7:30 New cables reveal how India helped Sri Lanka wins its war vs. Tamils. From the Hindu.

7:00 WikiLeaks cables bare secrets of US-Laotian relations | McClatchy

FRIDAY

8:40 My collleague Kevin Gosztola has just posted a new interview/video with Ethan McCord, who is in NYC for premiere of the film focusing on him at the Tribeca Film Festival. As I have written here, at The Nation and in my Age of WikiLeaks book, he is the soldier in the “Collateral Murder” video who helped rescue two injured children and has since spoken out about what is shown in the video and against the war. In the interview he claims atrocities happened almost daily in Iraq.

6:10 Jane Hamsher at Fire Dog Lake asks: “Obama as Commander in Chief says Bradley Manning is guilty. How can he possibly have a fair military trial now?”

1:45 We posted video yesterday, but here’s take from @WikiLeaks twitter feed: “Candid video of Obama spewing prejudicial word salad about WikiLeaks-Manning case http://is.gd/DctEvX .”

11:10 Glenn Greenwald tweets on Obama quote on Manning and “he broke the law” yesterday: “Obama’s claim that ‘Ellsberg’s material wasn’t classified in the same way’ is true—what Ellsberg released was TOP SECRET http://is.gd/3QhYf1.”

9:30 We’ve mentioned a June 4 demo for Manning at Leavenworth, now here are details.

8:50 The always-useful Andy Greenwberg at Forbes has taken a crack at transcribing sound off the video I linked to last night showing Manning Protester engaged in chat with Obama at close range. Poor audio but Andy did his best.

8:40 Fascinating report on new cables via Italian paper l’Espresso: How US pressured the Pope to support wars in Kosovo and elsewhere. “Render unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s. But when the Caesar in the White House had to take up arms, he turned to the Pope, looking for a benediction for a ‘just war’ or at least ‘positive neutrality’ that did not interfere with American war plans.”

8:30 Not sure what this means but: “A court hearing challenging the government’s tactics in a criminal investigation of the WikiLeaks website has been canceled. Three Twitter users are challenging the government’s attempts to obtain some of their account information as part of a wider probe into WikiLeaks and its founder.”

 

12:05 For all you fans of my WikiLeaks and Manning books in Germany and elsewhere who have waiting to buy the e-books with Euros at Amazon, now you can here and here. They have been available for a few weeks at US and UK Amazons, of course.

12:00 Video of Manning Protester talking to Obama about it at close range after president’s speech (disrupted) today in San Fran. Low sound quality but you can hear prez saying, “He broke the law!”

 

Long-Awaited Memoir by Robert Jay Lifton Coming in June

Robert Jay Lifton has been a witness, in the broadest, most profound, meaning of that word to many of the most traumatic events or movements of the past century: Nazism, Hiroshima, the Vietnam war, political and religious cults, and so much more. He’s written dozens of books—and several articles for The Nation—but has not written a memoir, but now his book, Witness to an Extreme Century, will be appearing in mid-June from The Free Press.

It’s an excellent and important work, and already received a hard-to-get rave from Kirkus Reviews, which hailed it as “a call for a moral awakening by a deeply compassionate chronicler of our times.” Lifton was also the subject of a film released last year, Robert Jay Lifton: Nazi Doctors.

I’ll have more to say about the memoir at a later date, while admitting that I can’t claim to be unbiased. I’ve known Robert for three decades, worked for a couple of years at his research center in New York, attended numerous games at Shea Stadium between his Dodgers (he hails from Brooklyn) and my Mets, and co-authored two books with him, Hiroshima in America and Who Owns Deaths? (on capital punishment), and many articles.

Just last weekend, I saw him in New York (he now lives in Cambridge) at a memorial for his beloved wife Betty Jean Lifton, who passed away a few months back, and he remains fully engaged in current issues. For example, here’s a piece he’s just written for the IHT and New York Times on Hiroshima and Fukushima. Robert may have coined the term “psychic numbing,” but his own sensitivity and capacity for empathy remains undiminished.

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 145

As I’ve done for more than four months, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about or order 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.

UPDATED: Friday version of this blog here.

4:05 Even more on the Manning protest today at Obama fundraiser: Group behind it is offering nice cash rewards to people who sing their song in public and capture it on video, with more for perks such as wearing a Bradley Manning shirt or mask. Group has also backed Courage to Resist group backing GIs.

4:00 Video of protesters singing song for or to Obama today in San Fran, and he thanks them at end as leader escorted out. Details here (and see four items below).

3:55 Needless to say, for background on Manning case, see my book (also e-book), the only one about him, updated to this month, here.

3:50 Story on Oakland activist who organized Bradley Manning protest at Obama fundraiser today in San Fran—and funded it to the alleged tune of $76,000. “Protesters included UC Santa Cruz art professor Elizabeth Stephens, songwriter Craig Casey, activist Jane Sullivan of Santa Cruz, writer Greg Archer, and David Schiller of Berkeley, as well as organizers from Tony’s Circus, all Bay Area locals. Pitcairn said she was happy to pay the tickets for all of them to enter so they could personally address the president with their concerns.”

2:20 Here’s song Manning backers were singing at Obama fundraiser (see two items below), lyrics handed out to reporters: “Dear Mr. President we honor you today sir/ Each of us brought you $5,000/ It takes a lot of Benjamins to run a campaign/ I paid my dues, where’s our change?

“We’ll vote for you in 2012, yes that’s true / Look at the Republicans—what else can we do/ Even though we don’t know if we’ll retain our liberties/ In what you seem content to call a free society

“Yes it’s true that Terry Jones is legally free / To burn a people’s holy book in shameful effigy/ But at another location in this country/ Alone in a 6x12 cell sits Bradley

“23 hours a day and night/ The 5th and 8th Amendments say/ this kind of thing ain’t right/ We paid our dues, where’s our change?”

1:55 Now a full story, via LA Times, on Manning supporters disrupting Obama speech at big San Fran fundraiser today (see my first report below), singing song, a woman escorted out (see link to photo of her below). Obama said, “nice song.” Protestors said they had paid $5000 to attend and “where’s the change?” Here’s the AP story. One protestor on Twitter promises video.

1:00 Amazing: Logan Price @Kstrel just tweeted: “Supporters are singing and chanting free #Bradley #Manning at #Obama fundraiser in SF http://t.co/wcNPTDJ.” Then: “i just debated obama over bradley manning while shaking hand. Says can’t do diplomacy on open source. Manning not Ellsberg. I say bs.” Photo here.

12:55 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.

11:45 Assange, smacked by NYT’s Bill Keller as smelly and grubby dresser, now makes a “Ten Best Dressed” list.

10:40 Perhaps disturbing Harvard Law and Policy Review piece by Jonathan Peters on Wikileaks, the First Amendment and the press.

8:25 Yes, Julian Assange has made Time’s “100 Most Influential” list, and today Germaine Greer of “Female Eunach” fame writes a little essay about him, not exactly a tribute: “He is convinced that his prosecution for rape in the Swedish courts was engineered by vengeful US intelligence, unable to grasp the plain fact that his callous treatment made two women angry enough to seek redress. There were many scoops but few surprises amid what we learned from WikiLeaks.” Assange finished thirteenth in voting by readers—and Bradley Manning #9.

8:20 My piece on first anniversary of when Ethan McCord—“hero” soldier in “Collateral Murder” video—first spoke out. Now he’s featured in film debuting at Tribeca Film Fest this weekend.

7:55 Photos of Fort Leavenworth where Manning is now housed.

12:15 Amazing: Pentagon’s official transcript of briefing on Manning getting moved left off last question asked by reporter—and it had to do with whether he would get access to a computer in new locale. Maybe they didn’t like the answer: Yes, at the prison’s law library. Whoopsie! We are GaGa over that.

12:10 Latest cable controversy in israel, via Haaretz: China supplies equipment and tech for Iranian chem weapons plant?

12:05 Alternet: Friends say Manning could be more isolated in new prison. UN rep might settle for monitored visit with Manning.

12:00 Foreign Policy: Preventing the Arab Spring from reaching Western Sahara

From late Wednesday

Vatican worries about one million Catholics in Pakistan

More intrigue in Israel over new cables in Haaretz.

Manning arrives in Kansas—not in Virginia any more. Pentagon actually says he will not receive “abusive” treatment. Well, what else would they say? But they also say still long time until trial starts or ends.

Jane Hamsher on MSNBC: Obama Needs to Explain Inconsistent Statements of Manning Treatment

Bradley Manning’s family welcomes move to Kansas. Harder to get to by some, but closer to father.

Already a demonstration for Manning set at Fort Leavenworth, for June. 4. And a supporting Facebook page for Kansas and Missouri folks now up. (h/t Kevin Gosztola)

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