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THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Monday, Day 65

As I've done for more than nine weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top.  All times are ET in USA.  You can contact me at epic1934@aol.comRead about or order my new book, "The Age of WikiLeaks:  From Collateral Murder to Cablegate,"   here.

UPDATE:  Read the Tuesday edition of this blog over here.

10:15   Human Rights Watch: Egypt welcomed more CIA detainees than any other country from 1990s through 2005.

7:35 David House in video talks about visit with Bradley Manning yesterday.  

7:15  Do I need to say this again to the lazy cynics?  WikiLeaks cables continue to prove valuable in so many ways.  Just check out this piece by the estimable James Mann at Foreign Policy on what they show about U.S. - China relations, how tense they are "in real time," and how one state dinner won't do much really.

7:10 @WikiLeaks tweets: "WikiLeaks releases 480 secret cables on Libya http://wikileaks.ch/reldate/2011-01-31_0.html ."

6:10  Heather Brooke of Guardian pokes some fun (via Twitter) at Telegraph for claiming Lockerbie scoop  (see below) from cable-- and links to Guardian story in December.

5:50  Another excerpt from The Guardian book which reveals that the paper's editor refused to share cables it planned to use with the State Dept. in a dramatic phone call --even refused to give them their ID numbers.  Yet the NYT, as editor Keller writes, shared quite a few and also decided not to publish some.

5:45  Another embarrassment from L.A. Times with headline: "R.I.P. WikiLeaks?"  

5:10  We reported earlier the apparent deal with Assange passing WikiLeaks cables to The Telegraph after rift with Guardian.  Now Telegraph reporting first purported scoop -- on Lockerbie criminal release case.  Writer, at end, admits he was wrong about not much interesting in cables, now that his paper is getting them. UPDATE: And another, on BP's Russian arm cutting deals with "rogue states."

5:00 The @WikiLeaks feed with links to new cables on Jordan, including deals with U.S. on Afghanistan.

3:45 Joe Klein at Time with hysterical attack on WIkiLeaks, or "WikiLoss" as he puts it.  Makes claims about damage done by cable that go way beyond what nearly anyone else is saying.  Says with no evidence at all that China has hacked into the entire cable cache.  Hails the prissy Bill Keller  NYT piece from Sunday.  Suggests Qaddafi could help al-Qaeda stage operaton from his country because he's ticked about buxom nurse cable. And so on.

3:25  The Guardian with its latest extract from its new book, this time the full details, as they see it, on those now infamous, heated discussions with Assange in November over cablegate, and then how Der Spiegel scooped everyone, by a few hours. 

3:18: Good Huff Post piece on "scandal everyone missed" -- on UK accepting storage of U.S. cluster bombs illegally.  Well, not everyone.  We noted it here way back in early December and it's also in my book.

3:15 Dan Gillmor at Salon suggests that weak, even absurd, Steve Kroft questions in interview last night were actually designed as "softballs" that Assange could hit out of the park.  Certainly Kroft did come off as more admiring of Assange in the "extra" video posted online.

2:45  David Leigh at the Guardian refutes notion that paper, in its new book, fingered Manning as definite guilty party. 

1:15    "60 Minutes" ratings for Assange show last night ties low for year.  But had no football lead-in, but football competition, so hard to judge...

1:05  New post by Jane Hamsher at FDL on visit yesterday (with David House) with Bradley Manning, first in a month.  Lengthy.   Even gets into Manning on Tunisia and Egypt.  "Bradley was brought in to meet with David, per usual, in chains. His MAX custody classification means that the entire facility is on lockdown whenever he leaves his cell, and he must be accompanied by two guards at all time. During his conversations with David, Manning’s guards listen closely to everything they say, and make it a point to make noise and shift around frequently to call attention to their presence in the room."

11:40  Financial Times:  Assange, miffed at The Guardian, has signed agreement with rival London paper The Telegraph to publish cables in future (maybe bank release etc.).  Not confirmed by either side but FT seems pretty sure of it.

11:35 My brand-new book: This is the only place it can be purchased now, with no Amazon or store sales.   It's a 156-page paperback, selling for $11.95, and can be shipped all over the world.  Hailed by Dan Ellsberg and Glenn Greenwald.   Covers events through this week.  Just posted, 2nd exclusive excerpt from  book.

11:25  Norwegian paper Aftenposten with yet another cable -- this one on Norway making direct contact with the Taliban.  The government has denied.

11:15  Las Vegas paper with local angle (and case) on the defeat of whistleblower protections in Congress after WikiLeaks furor.

11:00  AP:  At that mass meeting of U.S. ambassadors (180) called by Hillary Clinton, topic of WikiLeaks fallout to be discussed...

10:30  Wonder why Glenn Greenwald has been so quiet the past few days? He explains today that he's been very ill and is still in the hospital. 

9:45  Good piece here on James Ball, WikiLeaks "in-house journalist" who was so involved in releases this year.  He was there when Assange was to the manor borne.   Now he's joining The Guardian.

9:35  Opening with a reference to WikiLeaks, column at The Guardian on "unprecedented" debate over social responsibility and ethics for media.

9:10  Just posted, 2nd exclusive excerpt from my WIkiLeaks book:  Forget "60 Minutes"-- what happened when Stephen Colbert grilled Julian Assange last April?  A classic.   If you missed yesterday: First excerpt  from book. 

9:00 It takes all kinds: New York Yankees fan imagines what would happen if WikiLeaks exposed secrets of his team...

8:00  24/7 Wall St. blog claims banks don't much to fear from WikiLeaks since they've been under such scrutiny from governmetn past two years.  Oh really?

7:50  The Overnight Report (by Asher Wolf)  Paul Carr at Tech Crunch has produced an intensely venomous article, describing Julian Assange as a "pig-to-man" .....Meanwhile, Michael Goodwin at Fox News claims Wikileaks is an organization "eager to damage America." .... But Barry Miles at The Guardian disagrees: Wikileaks acts "... in the tradition of the underground press, particularly as the US is attempting to suppress it, just as it tried to undermine the underground papers that led the anti-Vietnam campaign." ...El Pais'  latest on Assange and Wikileaks.

7:30  The Guardian continues its rollout of its new WikiLeaks book with video featuring three of the authors.  See other excerpts.  Assange criticized paper's coverage yesterday.  Plus from its techies: How it has handled WikiLeaks "data."

12:05 Assange for Nobel Peace Prize?  Sure to be nominated by deadline Tuesday but experts skeptical.  Case in Sweden doesn't help.

12:02  WL Central reviews the day in WikiLeaks--and new protests in the Sudan as Al Jazeera gets the boot in Egypt.

12:01  David Swanson reviews the "60 Minutes" interview and wonders why the world of what the WikiLeaks releases have exposed was left out.

12:00 My Nation colleague Kevin Gosztola on  "ROTC's Response to WikiLeaks Puts Academic Freedom at Risk."

From late Sunday:

Andy Greenberg of Forbes on that CBS poll we noted earlier with 42% saying they didn't really know what the hell WikiLeaks is.  

In "overtime" segment, CBS posts video on interviewing Assange -- Kroft much more favorable than in interview and even says flatly that, yes, he does feel Assange IS a journalist and IS a publisher.  Says stereotypes about Assange mainly false.  Interviewed for six hours, disrupted by having to go to police station. Many more extras here. 

"60 Minutes"  needs to correct error-- Assange did NOT decide to share cables with NYT -- the Guardian did against his wishes.

Feeble "60 Minutes" effort by Steve Kroft--among other things, acted like the media also publishes classified info all the time.  Assange hit several questions out of the park, and likely encouraging more leaks and money to WikiLeaks. 

@WikiLeaks feed hits The Guardian for extract from book:  "Guardian names Manning as source.  Sarah Tisdall mark 2. The slimiest media organization in the UK....  It should be noted, that as far as we know, neither we, nor the Guardian have any inside knowledge as to who the sources are."  David Leigh of The Guardian fires right back:  "All the #guardian book says abt bradley manning is already in public domain. Of course we don't name a 'source'. Why Lie, Julian?"   And;"  You won't go to heaven if you lie about the #Guardian book.  You'll go somewhere else." 

From "Collater...
By GREG MITCHELL
 

 

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog—Special Weekend Edition!

As I've done for more than nine weeks now, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top.  All times are ET in USA.  You can contact me at epic1934@aol.comRead about or order my new book, "The Age of WikiLeaksFrom Collateral Murder to Cablegate,"   here.

UPDATE:  Go here for Monday's blog.

**SUNDAY**

9:40  Andy Greenberg of Forbes on that CBS poll we noted earlier with 42% saying they didn't really know what the hell WikiLeaks is.   Also notes the online  CBS poll finds  70%  approving of Wikileaks where only 9% felt that way in scientific poll.  He also reviews "60 Minutes" -- which likely boosted WikiLeaks approval ratings.

9:10  @WLLegal tweets: "Kroft's report 2 weeks ago http://bit.ly/fxM1BP He clearly cites the Yemen cables, though he (strangely) doesn't mention #Wikileaks by name."

8:10  In "overtime" segment, CBS posts video on interviewing Assange -- Kroft much more favorable than in interview and even says flatly that, yes, he does feel Assange IS a journalist and IS a publisher.  Says stereotypes about Assange mainly false.  Interviewed for six hours, disrupted by having to go to police station. Many more extras here. 

7:45  Plus: "60 Minutes"  needs to correct error-- Assange did NOT decide to share cables with NYT -- the Guardian did against his wishes.

7:40  Feeble "60 Minutes" effort by Steve Kroft--among other things, acted like the media also publishes classified info all the time.  Assange hit several questions out of the park, and likely encouraging more leaks and money to WikiLeaks.  This seems to be consensus on Twitter from people who have followed this issue closely. 

6:10   @WikiLeaks feed hits The Guardian for extract from book:  "Guardian names Manning as source.  Sarah Tisdall mark 2. The slimiest media organization in the UK....  It should be noted, that as far as we know, neither we, nor the Guardian have any inside knowledge as to who the sources are."  David Leigh of The Guardian fires right back:  "All the #guardian book says abt bradley manning is already in public domain. Of course we don't name a 'source'. Why Lie, Julian?"   And;"  You won't go to heaven if you lie about the #Guardian book.  You'll go somewhere else." 

5:05  Update on my item yesterday on Bradley Manning as UK citizen.  Full report from "UK Friends of Bradley Manning."

4:00 What, WikiLeaks has not leaked tape of tonight's "60 Minutes" yet???   @Calixte tweets:  "They're waiting for the most politically damaging moment to release the tape."

3:15  The Guardian starts to post stuff from its book to be published tomorrow.  Nothing here is new at all, even the Assange dressing up as woman, but we'll see what else is to come.  Here is Guardian profile of Assange as young hacker. Oh, BTW, my new book here.

2:30  New CBS poll:  Only 9% of American say WikiLeaks is a "good thing." On the other hand, over 40% still don't know the hell it is.   23% say "destructive but legal."   22% "treasonous."

11:05   My brand-new book: This is the only place it can be purchased now, with no Amazon or store sales.   It's a 156-page paperback, selling for $11.95, and can be shipped all over the world.  Hailed by Dan Ellsberg and Glenn Greenwald.  You can preview the first 15 pages. Covers events through this week.  First excerpt from book at Huff Post -- on Assange in the "bunker" in Iceland working on the Collateral Murder tape from Iraq.

7:55  Assange on "60 Minutes" tonite -- and only football competition is the useless Pro Bowl.

7:45 The Overnight Report (by Asher Wolf)  Wikileaks has been tweeting at a rapid pace in recent hours:  releasing cables; noting the upcoming talk at Columbia Journalism School featuring WikiLeaks "detractors" (NYT ed. Keller and Guardian ed. Rusbridger)  ; and criticizing Vodaphone for shutting off SMS within Egypt. ....Bernard Keane of Crikey.com has a new article out examining the arrests of a number of Anonymous members, their relationship to Wikileaks and the current uprising in Egypt. 

12:15  AFP:  Norwegian paper Aftenposten still won't say how it got the entire WikiLeaks cable dump.  Also, seems like a  dispute, where Assange says they are a "partner" while they claim they are freelance.

SATURDAY

11:10  Is Qaddafi the next to go in Libya?  Philip Shenon at Daily Beast looks at new cable release  -- featuring cameo by Beyonce and her $1 million payday (and yes, that's a photo of her at left at that very party-)  that could spell trouble, and more.

10:30  Good summary (bringing together some stuff we've already linked and WikiLeaks cables) on Egypt's Suleiman and torture / rendition past. 

10:25  From @WikiLeaks  "Cable: "Presidential succession in Egypt" http://wikileaks.ch/cable/2007/05/07CAIRO1417.html "  Calls it "the elephant in the room." No kidding.  Rampaging elephant.  CNN video on that cable.

9:50  UK paper The Independent on upcoming books by  NYT and Guardian: "WikiLeaks Collaborators Get Their Knives Out."    And here Marcy Wheeler at FDL reviews the four versions now  (from NYT, Guardian, Der Spiegel, Vanity Fair) of what the "collaborators" allowed to be withheld from the cables after State Dept. voiced concerns.

8:45  Yet another raid in the FBI crackdown on "Anonymous." This one a student in Conn. who admits he is linked to hacktavist group.  (h/t Kevin Gosztola)

8:05  Don't miss new, fairly sympathetic  Guardian interview with Assange at the manor while he takes break for releasing Egypt cables.  "This should be one of the great days in the history of his organisation: Assange and a group of his colleagues huddled over a thicket of laptop computers, downloading, following events, sharing news and occasionally whooping at it. It is one hell of an hour in WikiLand, but a weird one, too, for other things are also on Assange's mind." For one thing, the upcoming Guardian and NYT's books that paint him in poor light at times.  Assange gets chance to answer critics.

7:50 For  a good laugh, check out this Doyle McManus column in L.A. Times.  He used to be a very good journalist but this is a howler.  Even as WikiLeaks gets wide praise for its Tunisia and Egypt cables, he says they are "over."  He takes at face valueassertion that leaks from past year could never happen again.  And this: " The question is, now that we've survived WikiLeaks, what have we learned? The WikiLeaks documents contained few blockbusters...."  

6:45  We linked to portion to Jane Mayer's book on Egypt's new #2 Suleiman -- now she's done short piece for The New Yorker.

5:55  Yes, Assange on "60 Minutes" is one thing, but @WikiLeaks feed reminds us:  "Assange full extradition case will start Tues Feb 7 Belmarsh Magistrates Court." 

4:50  Search tool for cables already published appears to be a good one, let me know if this is true.

4:05  It appears that, after some uncertainty, Assange himself has managed to secure the domain rights to WikiLeaks.com

3:25  From @WLLegal on Egyptian strong man:  "Omar Suleiman's role in the CIA's rendition/torture program from Stephen Grey's book Ghost Plan  http://bit.ly/hU3nZy ."  And:  "In The Dark Side, Jane Mayer wrote that Omar Suleiman, Egypt's  new VP, coordinated the CIA rendition/torture program.  http://bit.ly/hVZhST "

3:15  New link to the only site where you can order my brand new WikiLeaks book, The Age of WikiLeaks.  And thank you for two months of support for this blog!

1:30 Just got email from Chris McGreal,  Guardian correspondent in Washington, D.C., responding to my item earlier  today about Bradley Manning as (possible) British citizen.  Here, with his permission, from the email:  "I think you are almost certainly right about him being a British citizen at birth through his mother who still lives in Wales. It maybe that he even obtained a British passport because, as the Daily Mail reports today, he went to Tasker Milward secondary school in Haverfordwest for a number of years before returning to his father. Which means he either entered the UK with a British passport or would have had to have obtained some kind of visa in his US passport that recognised his right to be in the UK through citizenship. Either way, there must have been some form of official British recognition of his UK citizenship for him to have gone to school in Wales."   If he is a citizen,  British authorities  would normally take an interest in the case, visit him in prison, etc.

1:20  From ace Twitter feed of @WLLegal:  "cables on Omar Suleiman, the new Egyptian VP: http://bit.ly/gFOK78 http://bit.ly/eI3Z8o http://bit.ly/h4Mm8w "

11:55  Michael Moore backs new video project "in defense of WikiLeaks."

11:40  Adam Penenberg, the writer and NYU prof,  argues in Wash Post:  Yeah, Assange has his flaws, by he is indeed a journalist. "Times editor Keller, who worked closely with Assange, has said that if Assange is 'a journalist, he's not the kind of journalist that I am,'  nor is WikiLeaks 'my kind of news organization.'  It's not, however, Keller's or Schumer's definition of journalism that is relevant. It's the definition under the law."

10:30  Big claim by Michael Hirsh at the National Journal:  "The current popular unrest in the Arab world has a lot of lessons for Washington. Undoubtedly one of the most jarring is this: The leak of a simple series of cables from a U.S. ambassador in an obscure country — officially condemned by Washington — may have done more to inspire democracy in the Arab world than did a bloody, decadelong, trillion-dollar war effort orchestrated by the United States."

9:00 Had this yesterday but you may have missed, here's Der Spiegel's account of dealing with Assange.  Naturally, they are also doing a book.

7:55  The Guardian's live blog on Egypt events a must-read.  Notes China  has blocked the word "Egypt" from Twitter, fearing it could spread unrest.  Like, "We are all Egyptians" or "I am Egypt"?

7:50  Raffi Khatchadourian of the New Yorker (an featured in excerpt, below)  tweets:  "Buried in #WikiLeaks Egypt cables is an estimate that's stayed with me today: 1.4 million children working in 'forced labor'  in Yemen. True?"

7:35  The Overnight Report (by Asher Wolf):    Three Tamil plaintiffs whose family members died as a result of alleged war crimes will test the use of Wikileaks cables as admissible evidence in a U.S. Court.....Germany's Justice Minister has thanked WikiLeaks for raising U.S. public awareness and concern about privacy regulation .... Rep. Ron Paul revealed the April Glaspie Baghdad cable - released by Wikileaks - to Congress  (video)....Greg Mitchell's newly published book 'The Age of Wikileaks' has received a very important endorsement:  as @Wikileaks tweets,  "Order now!"

7:20  Another critical review of Bill Keller's NYT piece, at WL Central.  Alse see below for item on his PBS interview last night.

7:10  Yes, it would surprise most people to learn that Bradley Manning is also a British citizen.

FRIDAY NIGHT

11:05  Wash Post, which has blasted WikiLeaks and said over and over "nothing new" in the cables, now doing an interesting crowd-sourcing effort on the cables.  Even credits WikiLeaks with redacting.  Major push.  This all from a paper that has mocked WikiLeaks releases every time. 

9:30  Transcript of NYT editor Bill Keller on the Lehrer "NewsHour" tonight with more comments on Assange and WikiLeaks that may drive you up the wall.  Too many to count.  Things to remember about Keller: backed Iraq invasion, called himself "liberal hawk," backed Judy Miller to the hilt.   Marcy Wheeler adds:  "You forgot: Sat on illegal wiretap story for a year."   Which helped re-elect Bush.

9:20  CBS releases brief clip of Assange on '60 Minutes" on bank leak.   Reuters with more from Assange on 60 Minutes:  He is enjoying watching banks "squirm". Won't confirm target.   For more down below a bit.

6:40  First excerpts from Assange on "60 Minutes" this Sunday “The U.S. does not have the technology to take the site down,” Assange tells Steve Kroft. “Just the way our technology is constructed, the way the Internet is constructed, it’s quite hard to stop things reappearing. We’ve had attacks on particular domain names. Little pieces of infrastructure — knocked out. But we now have some 2,000 fully independent in every way websites, where we’re publishing around the world. …It’s not possible to do.”   Kroft asks: “You have made some of the most powerful people in the world your enemies. You had to expect that they might retaliate.”    Assange says: “I fully expected they’ll retaliate … Well, they see it as highly embarrassing. I think what it’s really about is keeping the illusion of control. I’m not surprised about that. I am surprised at … the sort of flagrant disregard for U.S. traditions.”

6:30  Interesting:  A claim that WikiLeaks cables on Egypt released not htis week but in early December, and published by indie paper there, had something to do with current revolt.

6:10  Amazing report on dorm room invasion at Georgia Tech tied to FBI search for Anonymous hackers tied to WikiLeaks protest.  From Atlanta TV.   Kid loses passports and much else, not charged, he claims just visited Anonymous chat room.

5:00 Mark Hosenball at Reuters just out with good piece on WikiLeaks type sites sprouting all over Europe, from Brussels to the Balkans -- Assange, The Next Generation.

THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Friday, Day 62

As I've done for more than eight weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.comOrder my brand new book "The Age of WikiLeaks" here.

UPDATE:  Go to Weekend Edition of this blog here.

8:00 Reuters with more from Assange on 60 Minutes:  He is enjoying watching banks "squirm" over upcoming megaleak. Won't confirm target.   And see below.

6:40  First excerpts from Assange on "60 Minutes" this Sunday “The U.S. does not have the technology to take the site down,” Assange tells Steve Kroft. “Just the way our technology is constructed, the way the Internet is constructed, it’s quite hard to stop things reappearing. We’ve had attacks on particular domain names. Little pieces of infrastructure — knocked out. But we now have some 2,000 fully independent in every way websites, where we’re publishing around the world. …It’s not possible to do.”

Assange says he never encouraged anyone to leak the U.S. diplomatic cables.   In another excerpt, Kroft asks: “But you were screwing with the forces of nature. You have made some of the most powerful people in the world your enemies. You had to expect that they might retaliate.”    Assange says: “I fully expected they’ll retaliate … Well, they see it as highly embarrassing. I think what it’s really about is keeping the illusion of control. I’m not surprised about that. I am surprised at … the sort of flagrant disregard for U.S. traditions. That is what I’m surprised about.”

6:30  Interesting:  A claim that WikiLeaks cables on Egypt released not htis week but in early December, and published by indie paper there, had something to do with current revolt.

6:10  Amazing report on dorm room invasion at Georgia Tech tied to FBI search for Anonymous hackers tied to WikiLeaks protest.  From Atlanta TV.   Kid loses passports and much else, not charged, he claims just visited Anonymous chat room.

6:05  Note to all:  If you're interested in using my WikiLeaks book published today (see below and here) for fundraising, drop me a line, I'm sure we can work out a very favorable deal. 

5:00 Mark Hosenball at Reuters just out with good piece on WikiLeaks type sites sprouting all over Europe, from Brussels to the Balkans -- Assange, The Next Generation.

4:30  Good guy and former ambassador Carne Ross just tweeted:  #wikileaks fuels the fire with release 2day of #07CAIRO974 cable from 07 reporting #Egypt's Gamal Mubarak's "tremendous corruption ."

4:10  You may remember Mike Gravel as a bit of joke for his super longshot race for president awhile back.  But in another life he was a respected U.S. Senator--and played a key role in aiding Dan Ellsberg in the Pentagon Papers case.  Now he is speaking on WikiLeaks.  Does he still back leakers?

3:55 New from Reuters on fresh Egypt cables that show Mubarek skeptical of U.S. push for reform in past--based on what he saw as bad results in past.

3:20  Excerpt written by the editor  from Guardian book on WikiLeaks and Assange coming next Monday.  He notes difficulties working with Assange but in general is far more forgiving ("winkles worked out over wine," to paraphrase) than NYT's Keller, not exactly a surprise. "WikiLeaks and similar organisations are, it seems to me, generally admirable in their single minded view of transparency and openness."

2:40  Full coverage of WikiLeaks cables and Egypt at WL Central.

2:35  From @WikiLeaks twitter feed "The Age of WikiLeaks" first WL book in english. Order now! http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1949679  But can you trust these guys?

2:05  Andy Greenberg at Forbes with details on what we mentioned below -- Anonymous helping to Fax the damning new Wiki cables into totally cutoff Egypt.  “The idea is to distribute the information to students, who can then share it with others,” says another source within Anonymous. “Right now they need to know that the police cannot be trusted and the wikileaks cables are just more proof of that.”

1:50  Guardian live blog on Egypt will keep going all day and night.

1:30  Great piece:  Enron whistleblower says that today she'd go to WIkiLeaks, not SEC.  "WikiLeaks is a huge, huge sledgehammer that many employees will go to. People like myself will just go to WikiLeaks.”

1:10  WikiLeaks twitter feed:  "Reports that activists are faxing WikiLeaks cables into Egypt to bypass internet blockade."

12:45  Nic Robertson just now on CNN: in Alexandria army joining protesters, embracing them, "incredible scene." Al Jazeera English: Unconfirmed reports that that army and the police are clashing.  And WikiLeaks cables keep coming out.

12:00  Fast Company on WikiLeaks' brilliant timing on release of Egypt cables.  Though one has to wonder, weren't they just sitting there for the major news outlets that had the cache to publish long ago?  

11:45  Keller's NYT piece on dealings with WikiLeaks got lot of play this week but Der Spiegel has its own account here (In English).

11:40   Yes, it's finally here, folks, my The Age of WikiLeaksFrom Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond) book, the first on the subject, and ready to be ordered and shipped to you today  This is the only place it can be purchased now, no Amazon sales.   An e-book to follow.  It's a 156-page paperback, selling for $11.95, and can be shipped all over the world.  You can preview the first 15 pages.  Note blurbs from Glenn Greenwald and Dan Ellsberg.   In the miracle world of publishing today, it even includes reference to today's cables on Egypt. Okay, back to work.

11:30  Major new piece at The Guardian on cables revealing (too) close U.S. - Mubarek relations.  And Guardian's blog continues hot on all Egypt stuff.   Also, guy,s thanks for the shout out on my book.  Also @WikiLeaks on twitter keeps linking to shocking cables.

11:10  Just stop and follow Al Jazeeera English  twitter feed @AJElive  Includes: "Riot police entered Al Jazeeras office in Cairo and asked to move the camera inside the building."  Mubarek calling out army.

9:45  Evgeny Morozov tweets: "The Internet-savvy Obama administration is prepared to use all social media outlets available to stay silent on Egypt."

9:00 More from The Guardian blog on Egypt cables.  Al Jazeera live TV feed online is gripping, although reports that it may be cut off.

8:00  Amazing morning:  WIkiLeaks and media publishing cables re: Egypt at extremely sensitive time for regime on fourth day of protests, spread via Web and twitter in real time.  WikiLeaks on Twitter here.  Another cable from Egypt:  "10 Yemeni children were trafficked to Egypt for organ harvesting." 

7:55  The Guardian blog with excellent excerpts from the new Egypt cables. Plus this one"Police will round up 40 to 50 suspects and hang them by their arms from the ceiling for weeks."  And this:  Mubarak's terror against writers, bloggers and journalists.

7:50  @JeffJarvis is now tweeting Daniel Domscheit-Berg talk at Davos: He says, yes, his OpenLeaks could leak to WikiLeaks.  Or was it he other way around?

7:40  The Overnight Night Report (by Asher Wolf)  FireDogLake take on that Manning-should-not-have-been-employed-scoop:  a leaked "hit piece" ...      Columbia Journalism Review chimes in with analysis of NYT's editor Bill Keller's piece on Assange and Wikileaks ... More takes on the Egypt cables from MSNBC and CNN..... Cable:  "Torture and police brutality in Egypt are endemic and widespread" 

12:05  SF Chronicle with report on one local man among the 40 the FBI targeted for searches yesterday related to "Operation Payback" attacks (see below).   They left with all his computers.

12:00 WikiLeaks' Twitter feed just now:  "We will soon release numerous cables on Egypt."  In fact, the NYT is already out with a big story based on at least some of them. They "paint a vivid picture of the delicate dealings between the United States and Egypt, its staunchest Arab ally. They show in detail how diplomats repeatedly raised concerns with Egyptian officials about jailed dissidents and bloggers, and kept tabs on reports of torture by the police."

 

From late Thursday

FBI serves 40 warrants throughout U.S. looking for "hacktavists" who may have attacked sites to help WikiLeaks. "The FBI statement announcing the search warrants was the first indication that the U.S. intends to prosecute the so-called "hacktivists" for their actions in support of WikiLeaks."

Ret. Gen. Stanley McChrystal offers his own take on Wikileaks' release of military reports and State Department cables at the Net-Centric Warfare Conference. He says he hates how there are a bunch of people who want to "pull back" on information-sharing and WikiLeaks provides justification for that. He does not want government agencies to stop sharing information. And, he calls release of cables "unconscionable" cause WikiLeaks is unable to "evaluate that information" and understand what damage it might do to U.S. troops.

Nancy Youssef of McClatchy:  Probe finds Army was warned not to deploy Bradley Manning to Iraq.  Heads may roll.   "Pfc. Bradley Manning's direct supervisor warned that Manning had thrown chairs at colleagues and shouted at higher-ranking soldiers in the year he was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., and advised that Manning shouldn't be sent to Iraq, where his job would entail accessing classified documents through the Defense Department's computer system."

Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views for Thursday, Day 61

As I've done for more than eight weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

UPDATE:  Go to Friday's blog here.

7:50  FBI serves 40 warrants throughout U.S. looking for "hacktavists" who may have attacked sites to help WikiLeaks. "The FBI statement announcing the search warrants was the first indication that the U.S. intends to prosecute the so-called "hacktivists" for their actions in support of WikiLeaks."

6:10  Ret. Gen. Stanley McChrystal offers his own take on Wikileaks' release of military reports and State Department cables at the Net-Centric Warfare Conference. He says he hates how there are a bunch of people who want to "pull back" on information-sharing and WikiLeaks provides justification for that. He does not want government agencies to stop sharing information. And, he calls release of cables "unconscionable" cause WikiLeaks is unable to "evaluate that information" and understand what damage it might do to U.S. troops.

5:30 Nancy Youssef of McClatchy:  Probe finds Army was warned not to deploy Bradley Manning to Iraq.  Heads may roll.   "Pfc. Bradley Manning's direct supervisor warned that Manning had thrown chairs at colleagues and shouted at higher-ranking soldiers in the year he was stationed at Fort Drum, N.Y., and advised that Manning shouldn't be sent to Iraq, where his job would entail accessing classified documents through the Defense Department's computer system."

2:30  Barrett Brown at The Guardian finds it  "ironic" that Anonymous activists were arrested today when those type of  people helped aid the revolt in Tunisia at least in a small way.

2:22 Defense Department building database "to cull traffic from networks across government and other sectors, which will participate on a voluntary basis, to develop a fuller view of online threats." And to presumably discourage future individuals from sending information to WikiLeaks.

1:48 Hacktivist group Anonymous writes UK government an open letter in response to the arrest of five of the group's members: "It has come to our attention that you deemed it necessary to arrest five of our fellow anons for their participation in the DDoS attacks against PayPal, Mastercard, and others, that have been carried out in our name in retaliation for those organisations’ actions against WikiLeaks...Anonymous believes, however, that pursuing this direction is a sad mistake on your behalf. Not only does it reveal the fact that you do not seem to understand the present-day political and technological reality, we also take this as a serious declaration of war from yourself, the UK government, to us, Anonymous, the people."

1:33 Special Court for Sierra Leone grants Liberian ex-president Charles Taylor, who is charged with committing war crimes, permission to reopen his case to admit documents obtained by Wikileaks and published in the Guardian in December.

1:20  Interesting new addition to Wiki blogging:  "WikiLeaks Watch" from Energy Intelligence, reviewing the cables as they relate to oil and energy.  Top item now, for example, on Shell in Iran.

 

12:40  We mentioned this last night, but here's a  CNN report on WIkiLeaks first "town hall" next week.

12:10  I confess, I don't fully understand this sort of stuff, but good story here:  "WikiLeaks ISP anonymizes all traffic to neutralize data retention laws."  (h/t Kevin Gosztola)

11:25 A new cable published by Norwegian paper Aftenposten on cash flow problems for Hamas -- and they responded with new... traffic laws?

11:15  Thousands protest the country's leader Saleh in Yemen.  You may recall the fuss caused by the cables showing that he allowed the U.S. military to run wild, while falsely claiming that it was the Yemeni military that was carrying out bombings.

10:05  Useful summary of the Palestine Papers revelations to date, in two parts, at WL Central.

10:00 Latest from The Guardian on arrest of the five alleged "Anonymous" activists.

9:20  New piece at Vanity Fair traces "the origins of the Assange - NYT feud."  But adds nothing.  See our coverage and links below, and more yesterday.

9:00 Russian president Medvedev at Davos said WikiLeaks is a healthy phenomenon, even if some of the cables proved embarrassing for his government.

8:00  Five young Brits arrested in UK this morning on suspicion ot taking part in "Anonymous" DDoS attacks on companies related to WikiLeaks.

7:55  The Overnight Report (Asher Wolf) :  Ex-C.I.A. Operative Valerie Plame Wilson in speech says she believes in keeping some secrets classified but questions the U.S. media's condemnation of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks : "Are they really believers in freedom of the press?" she asks. "Or is it only if they get the leak it's good, if he gets the leak it's bad?"  ...  Joseph Zernik,of Human Rights Alert, a Los Angeles organization,  is suggesting U.S. judges may be exposed in an upcoming Wikileaks release of Swiss banking documents....New Scientist has noted the "Wikileaks business model is gaining traction with big media"... From AP:  "Davos Looks for Answers from WikiLeaks."

6:40  Jeff Jarvis on the panel at DAVOS yesterday with OpenLeaks guy Domscheit-Berg AND New York Times publisher Sulzberger.   Talked transparency.  Much agreement on transparent government.  But on business, uh, no.

6:30  WikiLeaks and Assange will be taking YOUR questions via its web site, with video conferencing and so on, starting February 1.  Learn more here.

12:40  A key talk at Davos: Hiding less is best.   "What are the lessons of WikiLeaks? The secret-spilling site has been the subject of debate at the World Economic Forum, and one respected historian on Wednesday urged businesses and governments to think hard about what information really needs to be protected, and then protect it better. "I do not believe that the online world ... means that there can be no secrecy and everyone will know everything about everyone," said Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European Studies at Oxford University. However, he added, "it makes much more information easily available. Every organization should think very hard about what it is you really need to protect. You're probably protecting a whole lot you don't need to. And then do everything you can to protect that smaller amount." 

12:10   Assange to appear on "60 Minutes" this Sunday. "Steve Kroft spent two days with Assange on the grounds of the private residence in England where he is under house arrest as he fights attempts to extradite him to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual assault. In the interview, he discusses the United States' attempts to indict him on criminal charges and the torrent of criticism directed at him. He also talks about his itinerant childhood in Australia and his introduction to the world of computers at the age of 13."

12:05   Bradley Manning's attorney responds to Pentagon claims in their press conf today.

Late Wednesday

8:10  Glenn Greenwald tweets: "Bill Keller mocks Assange for being paranoid & conspiratorial, then strongly insinuates WL hacked into the NYT's emails." See my comments on article below.   And here's Wired's review.

7:00  Transcript of press briefing by Pentagon spokesman today, lot of questions on Manning conditions.  linking him to Assange, and more.

5:40  Honestly, I have to laugh over Bill Keller in his big NYT piece today (see below) repeatedly calling Assange "thin-skinned" and the like.  When I was editor of Editor & Publisher, he would not talk to us for years -- and we were the so-called "Bible of the Newspaper Industry" -- because of our strong criticism of Judy Miller, both for her Iraq reporting and her involvement in the Plame case.   Keller, of course, later cut ties with the disgraced Miller, but no matter.  He once bragged that he simply tossed our phone call-back notes in the waste basket.  (At the time, E&P  was receiving more awards than virtually any other trade magazine.)  Also possibly causing tension with Assange?  Keller back the invasion of Iraq, even in a widely-read piece called himself a "liberal hawk." 

5:25  I had my own critique of the massive NYT piece by exec ed Bill Keller today (see below), but now WikiLeaks via Twitter has added its own review:  "NYTimes does another self-serving smear. Facts wrong, top to bottom. Dark day for US journalism.” 

And Andy Greenberg at Forbes, who has interviewed Assange and stuck close to this subject for weeks, notes Keller in the piece is adding to recent claims of WikiLeakers as active  hackers -- which Greenberg pretty much discounts.  Indeed, Keller's own claim -- based on three people covering WikiLeaks whose email accounts suffer abnormal activity -- seem like a huge stretch.  By that logic, I guess they are hacking me too.  And millions of others every day.

THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Wednesday, Day 60

As I've done for more than eight weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

UPDATE:  Go to the Thursday blog here.

11:15  Assange to appear on "60 Minutes" this Sunday. "Steve Kroft spent two days with Assange on the grounds of the private residence in England where he is under house arrest as he fights attempts to extradite him to Sweden to answer allegations of sexual assault. In the interview, he discusses the United States' attempts to indict him on criminal charges and the torrent of criticism directed at him. He also talks about his itinerant childhood in Australia and his introduction to the world of computers at the age of 13."

11:10  Bradley Manning's attorney responds to Pentagon claims in their press conf today.

8:10  Glenn Greenwald tweets: "Bill Keller mocks Assange for being paranoid & conspiratorial, then strongly insinuates WL hacked into the NYT's emails." See my comments on article below.   And here's Wired's review.

7:00  Transcript of press briefing by Pentagon spokesman today, lot of questions on Manning conditions.  linking him to Assange, and more.

5:40  Honestly, I have to laugh over Bill Keller in his big NYT piece today (see below) repeatedly calling Assange "thin-skinned" and the like.  When I was editor of Editor & Publisher, he would not talk to us for years -- and we were the so-called "Bible of the Newspaper Industry" -- because of our strong criticism of Judy Miller, both for her Iraq reporting and her involvement in the Plame case.   Keller, of course, later cut ties with the disgraced Miller, but no matter.  He once bragged that he simply tossed our phone call-back notes in the waste basket.  (At the time, E&P  was receiving more awards than virtually any other trade magazine.)  Also possibly causing tension with Assange?  Keller back the invasion of Iraq, even in a widely-read piece called himself a "liberal hawk." 

5:25  I had my own critique of the massive NYT piece by exec ed Bill Keller today (see below), but now WikiLeaks via Twitter has added its own review:  "NYTimes does another self-serving smear. Facts wrong, top to bottom. Dark day for US journalism.” 

And Andy Greenberg at Forbes, who has interviewed Assange and stuck close to this subject for weeks, notes Keller in the piece is adding to recent claims of WikiLeakers as active  hackers -- which Greenberg pretty much discounts.  Indeed, Keller's own claim -- based on three people covering WikiLeaks whose email accounts suffer abnormal activity -- seem like a huge stretch.  By that logic, I guess they are hacking me too.  And millions of others every day. 

Plus, here's a very friendly new interview with Keller about all this by Howard Kurtz, including Assange doesn't "get" journalism at all.

4:30  Now NYT posts video to go with giant Bill Keller piece on WikiLeaks that we reviewed  below.    They've also sent me preview of their e-book coming next week, which I will look at -- when  my own damn book (for print) is published tomorrow or Friday.  

4:25  In what sounds like an amazing move, the City University of New York's (CUNY) Graduate School of Journalism   has unveiled a "drop box" for leaks, "an anonymous leak submission box that allows users to submit tips to over 1400 local and state news organizations, as a feature of its MediaLobby project.."

3:03 More on Keller piece:  He pays a lot of attention to Assange's rage about that John Burns hit-piece on him -- he demanded a front-page apology --  but then Keller himself compares Assange to a character from a novel that mixes "hacker counterculture, high-level  conspiracy and sex as both recreation and violation."  Keller does come out against government prosecution.

2:50  Just finished reading the Bill Keller piece at NYT  on his WikiLeaks dealings since last June (see below).  Too long to detail but provides a lot of behind the scenes stuff not previously known, including extent of showing stuff to State Dept or administration in advance, harsh attacks on Assange personally,  skepticism that this really changes journalism (oddly, on day after Keller himself said paper was considering opening its own leak platform), and more.  Keller at various points calls Assange "volatile," "eccentric," "arrogant," "conspiratoria," "oddly credulous," "manipulative."  When reporter Eric Schmitt meets Assange in London he compares him to a "bag lady."

2:10  NYT  posts massive piece by Executive Editor Bill Keller on his WIkiLeaks dealings since last June (will be in this Sunday's mag).   Is actually intro to a TImes e-book coming out next week, "Open Secrets," which collects much of its coverage. Their page for that books touts John Burns' controversial profile of Assange, among other features, including some cables never before published. 

2:05  CNN:  There's a new commander at Quantico, where Bradley Manning is being held, but they say the move had been planned since October and not related to current charges about how he is confined.  Manning's attorney, in any case, expresses hope this may be good sign for changes in his confinement.

1:05  We reported this heavily when cables first emerged and now there's a grim update via The Guardian: A Bangladeshi paramilitary unit that receives training from British police has resumed killing people in so-called 'crossfire'  incidents that human rights groups say are extrajudicial killings."  Had stopped after cables published last month.  U.S. prohibited from training due to human rights abuses. 

 

11:55:  First WikiLeaks game released as app, for 99 cents.  It's called "WIkiLeaks Defender" and here's description:  "The government has failed to stop Wikileaks from releasing hundreds of thousands of classified documents. As a measure of last resort, the government has called in the most thorough defenders our country has to offer... the TSA!  Play as the TSA agent whose job it is to prevent the leaked diplomatic cables from getting onto the internet, where they will cause unforeseeable damage to America's reputation!  Do you have what it takes to stop Wikileaks?"  Well,  no one else has.

11:35  From AP in London:  After probe is commissoned, VISA is told that WikiLeaks not breaking any laws.  VISA responds: Still going to block payments to them until we do another study.

11:05  Andy Greenberg at Forbes on GlobalLeaks: "Few of these copycats and spinoffs can claim quite as much wild, conceptual ambition as an early-stage project called GlobaLeaks, which bills itself as 'a worldwide distributed leak amplification network.'"  (h/t Kevin Gosztola)

10:55  The Guardian with no Wiki blog today but it does maintain its great blog on the Palestine Papers.

10:40  No comment yet from Will Smith on Assange picking him to play him in a movie.

10:10  Assange attorney, in New York to receive award, warns that U.S. " risked irrevocable damage to its reputation if it pursued Assange" by "aiming the blunderbuss of its 1917 Espionage Act, death penalty and all, at a publisher who is a citizen of a friendly nation."

9:00  Anonymous now asks for help in attacking Egyptian gov't sites.

8:35  In same interview where Assange picks Will Smith to play him in the movie (see below) he was asked if he was a "leftist."  His reply:  "While there is an imbalance of power between the rulers and people, we'll be on the side of people.  This is usually associated with the rhetoric of the left, which gives rise to the view that we are an exclusively leftist.  It is not correct.  We are an organization exclusively for truth and justice - and this is in many places and trends." 

8:10 New FeatureThe Overnight Report (by Asher Wolf)   Assange takes questions in Brazil via blog.  Among other things, jokes that he'd liked to be played by Will Smith in the movie and it should be titled,  WikiLeaks, Film Noir .... Professor Inderjeet Parmar, from The University of Manchester argues  "WikiLeaks has damaged American power." Apparently the damage will be "acutely felt" when US State Department hosts UNESCO’s world press freedom day May 2011....  Tom Malinowski of Human Rights Watch reports Tunisians didn't need American diplomats to tell them how bad their government was, but  "the cables did have an impact." ....Meanwhile, Klaus Schwab  of the World Economic Forum, says he would have liked to invite Assange to Davos--but he's not ;  permitted to leave Britain under conditions of his bail.

8:00  From Der SpiegelCables show U.S. fears nuclear material left at massive ex-Soviet nuclear bomb test site could be taken by terrorists.

12:10  The PBS NewsHour site offers its review and assessment of 10 cables that reveal why Tunisians revolted.

12:05   CNN:  Quantico military official defends putting Manning on suicide watch. 

12:00 Turns out, my WikiLeaks book will be available by Friday, a few days ahead of schedule.  Thanks again for critique of cover, it has been changed a bit.

From late Tuesday

In the Palestine Papers leaks today, U.S. general who helped train Palestinian security was aware that they tortured people.

Charlie Savage at NYT with new update on Manning case and comparisons to the Bush-era, scandalous Yee episode years ago. But as Glenn Greenwald tweets:  "difference: no Dems defended" the Yee "travesty."

Assange tells AP in London that WIkiLeaks now seeking SIXTY media partners to spread the release of the almost 99% of cable still not published.   Would be dramatic expansion of its collaborative efforts and in line with much else happening this week.  But outlets would have to agree to full redaction of names.  "Sometimes, that could mean doing what Assange called 'triangulating the politics of a country' — giving documents to a left-wing paper in a country with a right-wing government, or offering cables to conservative titles in countries with a left-leaning administration."

Dispatches from the Digital Frontier on the era of leaks brought in by WikiLeaks, the Al Jazeera impact, and more.

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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 59!

As I've done for more than eight weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

UPDATE:  Go here for the Wednesday blog.

10:20:  CNN:  Quantico military official defends putting Manning on suicide watch. 

10:10  In the Palestine Papers leaks today, U.S. general who helped train Palestinian security was aware that they tortured people.

10:00 Dispatches from the Digital Frontier on the era of leaks brought in by WikiLeaks, the Al Jazeera impact, and more.

6:00 Charlie Savage at NYT with new update on Manning case and comparisons to the Bush-era, scandalous Yee episode years ago. But as Glenn Greenwald tweets:  "difference: no Dems defended" the Yee "travesty."

4:50  Assange tells AP in London that WIkiLeaks now seeking SIXTY media partners to spread the release of the almost 99% of cable still not published.   Would be dramatic expansion of its collaborative efforts and in line with much else happening this week.  But outlets would have to agree to full redaction of names.  "Sometimes, that could mean doing what Assange called 'triangulating the politics of a country' — giving documents to a left-wing paper in a country with a right-wing government, or offering cables to conservative titles in countries with a left-leaning administration."

4:20  Paging Glenn Greenwald: Wired's Kim Zetter, involved in the magazine's scoops and coverage on Manning, just out with piece suggesting that the only reason the military has not been able to link Manning directly to Assange is because Manning probably erased the evidence.  This will cause must discussion, stay tuned.  Also see new CBS report claiming Assange not off the hook in this case either. 

Zetter: "If it’s true that investigators have found no evidence linking Manning and Assange, it may be because Manning allegedly erased it from his system. He discussed doing so in his chats with Lamo, wherein he noted that any incriminating evidence of his activities had been “zerofilled”, or erased, from his computers."

4:10  Holy cow, looks like my WIkiLeaks book  (even with title and cover not finalized) will be available as early as late Thursday, a few days ahead of schedule.  About 155 pages and about $12. 

3:50  Waiting for Assange to leak first draft, edits, final version of Obama SOTU speech.

3:30  The third, and I believe final, day of The Guardian's major take on the "Palesitne Papers," just posted. Also see report on three dead in Egypt protests today, and much more.

1:50  The Hole Truth: Courtney Love goes to Oxford (yes, you read that right) where she endorses WikiLeaks.

12:45  Google chief Eric Schmidt reveals  Google had considered stopping indexing confidential cables released by WikiLeaks, but had decided to carry on. Some other U.S. organizations have bowed to government pressure to stop cooperating with the controversial site.  "Has Google looked at the appropriateness of indexing WikiLeaks? The answer is yes, and we decided to continue," he said. "Because it's legal."

12:40   Wash Post biz "leadership" writers look to WikiLeaks bank release and advise:  "Don't be distracted by the context-less revelations from WikiLeaks that will methodically dribble out across the year. Use the revelations to actually question habits, hierarchies and routines that are likely holding you back from hatching an idea or gaining insight. It will be a far more valuable exercise than blissfully marinating in information overload..." (h/t Kevin Gosztola) 

12:25  Good site reviewing cables re: South Africa and Zimbabwe.

12:10  Thanks to all for comments, critique, on my book cover and title -- making some changes, including photo.

11:35  "Unprecedented" revolts on the streets of Egypt, plus more in Lebanon and elsewhere.  Follow it all at The Guardian's live-blog.  But will some now claim that WikiLeaks helped spark that?   If cables played a role in Tunisia revolt,  as many assert, and Tunisia led to Egypt? 

11:10  Juan Cole piece at The Nation (via Tomdispatch) on U.S. "corruption" abroad -- beyond Tunisia --  as revealed by the cables.

10:20  This has oddly been overlooked so far, but Michael Busch at his blog is on it:  Norwegian paper Aftenposten out with U.S. cables mentioning Osama bin Laden, going back to 1993   "The final cable of the series--dating from spring of 2001--provocatively, if briefly, discusses the possibility that the Taliban might be willing to extradite bin Laden to Qatar to face charges in the Eaast African bombings." 

10:10  Full report on last night's PDF forum on WIkiLeaks in NYC.

9:30  The Guardian's excellent weekday Wiki blog continues today.  They've been at it as long as I have, but they did take a couple weeks off (and weekends)  when the hostage takers let them out for some fresh air.

8:50  Hot news: Last night we noted that Raffi Khatchadourian's excellent New Yorker piece suggests that papers like NYT could now form special leak platforms in wake of the giant Al Jazeera leak this week.  Presto.  Mike Calderone at  Yahoo just out with piece on NYT considering just that. The NYT  "is considering options to create an in-house submission system that could make it easier for would-be leakers to provide large files to the paper.  Executive editor Bill Keller told The Cutline that he couldn't go into details, "especially since nothing is nailed down." But when asked if he could envision a system like Al Jazeera's  Transparency Unit, Keller said the paper's been "looking at something along those lines."

8:45 New Glenn Greenwald post on latest developments re: Assange and Manning, problems for prosecution of WikiLeaks, Manning's detention, and hit on weak Guardian opinion piece. "What's being done to Manning is an absolute manifestation of the abuses of the National Security State, the Prison State and America's authoritarian culture that have been long protested by most of those now writing about Manning."

8:30  WikiLeaks helps frame new doc on NYT -- and future of print journalism -- which just debuted at Sundance fest.

8:25  Those WikiLeaks servers housed in bunker in Sweden are so hot they could warm a nearby Stockholm church.  Huh? Read all about it here.

8:00  We had this last night when it broke (see below), but now full Guardian report on military admitting it can't link Manning to Assange.

12:05 Confirmed:  Assange extradition hearing scheduled for Feb 7-8, Belmash Magistrates Court, London.

12:00 ROTC in U.S. hit by prof for directive to student soldiers banning their use of WikiLeaks material.  Against academic freedom, for one thing. (h/t @Asher_Wolf)

Late Monday

From Japan Times: Waiting for WikiLeaks dam to break in Japan.

From NYT:    Hillary Clinton goes to Mexico but refuses to discuss the embarrassing Wiki cables on drug war at press conference.

  Big news from NBC tonight: Military admits it can't link Bradley Manning to Assange.   Also:  "The officials told NBC News that a U.S. Marine commander did violate procedure when he placed Manning on 'suicide watch' last week." .

More attacks on Al Jazeera and the Palestine Paper leaks from Palestinian leaders today.  AP report:  "The Palestinians now have their own version of a WikiLeaks scandal.President Mahmoud Abbas and his aides went on the attack Monday, accusing Al-Jazeera television of lies and distortions in publishing the so-called Palestine Papers... Despite the angry denials, the hunt was on for the leaker.

"On Monday, an angry crowd of about 250 Palestinians gathered outside the West Bank's main Al-Jazeera office, with some smashing the station's logo and glass panels in the front door. In the search for the leak, suspicion fell on low-level employees from a support office for Palestinian negotiators. Palestinian intelligence searched computer files in the office Monday, but it was not clear if any arrests were made."

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As I've done for more than seven weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

UPDATE  Tuesday's blog now up here.

11:45  Foreign Policy post calls Palestine Papers not WikiLeaks but NastyLeaks -- passed along by "disgruntled" Palestinains eager to sabotage leadership in peace talks.

10:50  From Japan Times: Waiting for WikiLeaks dam to break in Japan.

10:45  From NYT:    Hillary Clinton goes to Mexico but refuses to discuss the embarrassing Wiki cables on drug war at press conference.

8:10  Big news from NBC tonight: Military admits it can't link Bradley Manning to Assange.   Also:  "The officials told NBC News that a U.S. Marine commander did violate procedure when he placed Manning on 'suicide watch' last week." .

6:50  More attacks on Al Jazeera and the Palestine Paper leaks from Palestinian leaders today.  AP report:  "The Palestinians now have their own version of a WikiLeaks scandal.President Mahmoud Abbas and his aides went on the attack Monday, accusing Al-Jazeera television of lies and distortions in publishing the so-called Palestine Papers... Despite the angry denials, the hunt was on for the leaker.

"On Monday, an angry crowd of about 250 Palestinians gathered outside the West Bank's main Al-Jazeera office, with some smashing the station's logo and glass panels in the front door. In the search for the leak, suspicion fell on low-level employees from a support office for Palestinian negotiators. Palestinian intelligence searched computer files in the office Monday, but it was not clear if any arrests were made."

6:45:   WikiLeaks reportedly gets full support from largely Arab audience at Doha.  Desbate descibed pro and con.

6:05  PDF forum (I hyped it below) just started live streaming here, with Birgitta Jonsdottir, Clay Shirky, Floyd Abrams, more. Birgitta beaming in via Skype and she explains that she'd like to be there but her attorneys advised she should not risk comig to USA due to the Twitter subpoenas.

6:00 Jane Hamsher on MSNBC:   Bradley Manning’s Abuse Will Only Stop When People Ask Questions 

4:15  Don't miss Raffi Khatchadourian piece at New Yorker just up  He's written some  key Wikileaks pieces -- going back to his on-the-scene article on final editing of Collateral Murder video now bought for possible movie.  New piece probes the Al Jazeera "Palestine Papers" leak as part of new leak arms race, beyond WIkiLeaks.  As he points out, Al Jazeera  had earlier formed a Transparency Unit to accept leaks and he speculates that other leading news outlets, including NYT, may soon do the same.  "N]o matter what the outcome, it is hard not to expect greater convergence between old and new media in a way that will strengthen the journalistic project overall."

3:15  More from today's Palestine Papers leak:  Condi Rice proposed giving Palestinian refugees land in South America, namely Argentina and Chile, as alternative to letting them return to homes in Israel or occupied territories.  She made the proposal in a June 2008 meeting "with US, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators in Berlin," according to minutes of the encounter seen by the Guardian.

 3:10 More shockers from Day 2 of the Palestine Papers just up at The Guardian.  Toppers:  Leaked papers reveal Palestinian leaders gave up fight fo refugees  • Negotiators agreed only 10,000 to return • PLO agreed Israel could be a 'Jewish state'  • US suggested refugees go to Latin America.

2:35  Foreign Policy: After Tunisia, is Algeria next?  "While the community of Middle East leak-watchers is focused on al-Jazeera's release of 1,600 documents from the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, WikiLeaks has released a number of U.S. diplomatic cables that call into question the long-term viability of Algerian strongman Abdelaziz Bouteflika. Particularly in the wake of Tunisia's revolt -- and the U.S. embassy's success at identifying the seeds of unrest there -- these cables deserve a close read"

2:30  Dave Winer at NiemanLab:  Educating "journo-programmers" in the Age of WikiLeaks. 

2:00 Preview of tonight's Personal Democracy Forum swell panel with Clay Shirky, Birgitta Jonsdottir, Floyd Abrams, more.  Watch it online.

12:50 Important piece in The New Yorker by the always-vital Steve Coll on WikiLeaks and Tunisia and more. "The Obama Administration’s policies are likely to have only indirect influence in Tunis. Nonetheless, the White House has a choice: to support Tunisia’s transition toward inclusive democracy or to keep a distance, so as to avoid alienating the Egyptian and Saudi regimes, and to thwart Islamists who might now seek to enter Tunisian politics." 

12:20  New cables:  El Pais on Mexico letting U.S. interview foreign nationals at illegal immigration centers...   Jordan offered U.S. more support in Afghanistan -- in exchange for econ aid, of course.   The coalition of the schilling?

11:56  Edward S. Herman and David Peterson compare the Assange and Posada cases.

11:30  Andy Greenberg, close follower of all things WikiLeaks at Forbes, with new blog post on WikiLeaks saying, no, we did not hack Iceland's Parliament!  And, indeed, evidence for that is very thin.   "The Althingi investigation may better reflect attempts by WikiLeaks’ legal enemies to tie the organization to direct data theft, rather than mere anonymous leaking."

10:50  The Guardian with "furious" reaction throughout Middle East to the "Palestine Papers" leak.

10:35  Good World Policy piece on cables re: Norway vs. WalMart.  We had something on this last week but good take here. 

10:10  Manning, the Barricades:  We had this a couple days ago, but getting more attention: Amnesty Int'l hits prison conditions for Bradley Manning.

9:50    Okay, folks, here is final chance for you to weigh in on  the cover, as of now, for my book (available in about one week).   Title, design, colors, photo, could still all be changed (by me) in next couple days.  Feedback appreciated @GregMitch or:  epic1934@aol.com.   Subhed, if you can't read it, is "From Collateral Murder to Cablegate."  I suppose I could add, "and Beyond."   The "age" of WikiLeaks is meant to be broad -- how WL has inspired "age of leaks,"  witness the Al Jazeera release yesterday, Rudolf Elmer, Open Leaks launch.   Yes, there is a Bradley Manning chapter.  (Note:  Various rights, including foreign, available for book, I can be contacted at email above.)  This is my 11th book, some of previous ones featured here.

9:45  On Democracy Now!  Rashid Khalidi: Leaked "Palestine Papers" underscore weakness of Palestinian Authority, rejectionism of Israel and U.S. 

9:40 If you've wondered how Perez Hilton would cover Assange films in the works.  He's breathless already!

8:55 More on talk by Open Leaks guy here. "The problem with WikiLeaks, Domscheit-Berg says, is that it is trying to do too many things and reinvent too many wheels.  Specifically, it is not only allowing companies and individuals to make public information that might not otherwise be made public--a noble and worthwhile goal, according to Domscheit-Berg--it is also pronouncing judgement on that information and choosing which information to release based on its own political goals." 

8:50  Update from Alan Fisher (see just below):  "The crowd has managed to get into the office in Ramaallah. #aljazeera's staff is ok. Some walls have graffiti." 

8:20  Alan Fisher, Al Jazeera English correspondent in London, just tweeted: "I'm told the Palestinian Security forces have entered #aljazeera's Ramallah office."  Remember, some Palestinian leaders have called documents in the big leak "fabricated."

8:15  The Guardian has added a "Palestine Papers" live blog while continuing its Wiki Blog.   The next big daily release will be mid-afternoon, like yesterday.

8:00  Open Leaks leader  (ex-WikiLeaks spokesman with book coming out vs. Assange) streaming talk today will be here, comments on the Al Jazeera leak should be interesting.

7:55  Guardian's latest coverage on the Palestine Papers all found here, though most posted yesterday afternoon with not much updating yet. The liberal Israeli daily paper Haaretz says this leak "trumps WikiLeaks," highlights Palestinians being willing to compromise.

12:40  Juan Cole with latest on Bradley Manning incarceration, the activists turned away on Sunday, and comparing him to Tunisian who set himself on fire.

LATE SUNDAY 

11:20 NYT with first story of its own on the Palestine Papers, after running only AP all day.   U.S. State Dept. saying it cannot vouch for authenticity of papers yet.

11:15  Al Jazeera describes its new "Transparency Unit" which (presumably) was responsible for today's big Palestine Papers release.

11:10   AOL "foreign policy correspondent" just reported falsely  that Palestine Papers came via WikiLeaks.   As I noted at 3 pm today, go to home page of The Guardian for a dozen stories, commentary, data, video, more.

11:05  El Pais first to publish cables on rampart corruption in Cuba, according to U.S. diplomat.

10:00  Here we go: Palestinian official calls parts of Palestine Paper leak "fabricated."  But then, he almost has to.  Time will tell.  The Guardian with other reactions.

6:30  NYT carries AP story on the big Al Jazeera / Guardian coverage of "The Palestine Papers."

5:50  Glenn Greenwald tweets re: the item just below:  "The point of the Quantico episode was to deny Manning his only real visitor: more likely solitary will crack him & induce anti-WL testimony."

4:30  FireDogLake now with full wrapup of today's events at Quantico, with Jane Hamsher and David House denied a visit with Bradley Manning, car searched and impounded, and so on.

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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog, Special Weekend Edition!

As I've done for more than seven weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

** SUNDAY **

UPDATE:  Go here for Monday edition of this blog, launched already.

10:00  Here we go: Palestinian official calls parts of Palestine Paper leak "fabricated."  But then, he almost has to.  Time will tell.  The Guardian with other reactions.

8:30  If anyone has seen anything on who leaked "The Palestine Papers" -- WikiLeaks inspired? Open Leaks involved?  Or just Guardian massive coverage similar?    Write  epic1934@aol.com, or twitter @GregMitch.

6:30  NYT carries AP story on the big Al Jazeera / Guardian coverage of "The Palestine Papers."

5:50  Glenn Greenwald tweets re: the item just below:  "The point of the Quantico episode was to deny Manning his only real visitor: more likely solitary will crack him & induce anti-WL testimony."

4:30  FireDogLake now with full wrapup of today's events at Quantico, with Jane Hamsher and David House denied a visit with Bradley Manning, car searched and impounded, and so on.

4:20  Here's how Al Jazeera (in English) is handling its massive leak on Israel-Palestine that it has shared with The Guardian (see below)

3:25  The Guardian on the leak but no clue at all on who was leaker.  "The 1,600 confidential records of hundreds of meetings between Palestinian, Israeli and US leaders, as well as emails and secret proposals, were leaked to the Qatar-based satellite TV channel al-Jazeera and shared exclusively with the Guardian. They cover the period from the runup to the ill-fated Camp David negotiations under US president Bill Clinton in 2000, to private discussions last year involving senior officials and politicians in the Obama administration."

3:15  Here's the Guardian's special page for what it is branding "The Palestine Papers."  Includes data base, video, a strong editorial, much more.  Agreement with Al Jazeera means they can publish up to eight docs a day, while Al Jazeera publishes all them.  Background on deal here.  Jonathan Freedland with commentary on Palestinians willing to go extra mile and Israeli's "intransigent" -- in private and public.

3:10  The Guardian's lede:  The biggest leak of confidential documents in the history of the Middle East conflict has revealed that Palestinian negotiators secretly agreed to accept Israel's annexation of all but one of the settlements built illegally in occupied East Jerusalem. This unprecedented proposal was one of a string of concessions that will cause shockwaves among Palestinians and in the wider Arab world." Also make use of WikiLeaks cables.

3:05  Massive Guardian coverage of Isarel-Palestine documents just breaks, as they promised.   Were leaked to them exclusively by Al Jazeeera. Go to home page for list of stories.   Top:  "Papers Reveal Slow Death of Middle East Peace Process."  More:  "Massive new leak lifts lid on negotiations  • PLO offered Israel key settlements  • Concessions on refugees and Holy sites."   NYT does NOT have so far. 

2:35  FDL's Jane Hamsher and Manning friend David House being hassled today at Quantico while trying to deliver petition with 42,000 names. Car searched, impounded, loaded on tow truck. Hamsher latest tweet:  "For whatever reason, Quantico Marine brass don't want Manning 2 have visitor now. Isolation & enforcement of solitary confinement complete." She's @JaneHamsher.   Earlier:  "Can't leave base, can't go 2 brig, can't get my driver's license, Gunt Foster threatening 2 arrest us. Haven't done a thing."

2:30  Aaron Sorkin in London talk says he's usually in favor of privacy but can "argue both sides" relating to WikiLeaks.  Naturally he also talks about his aversion to Facebook.

2:25   Okay, folks, here is the cover, as of now, for my book (available in a week to 10 days).  Title, design, colors, photo, could still all be changed (by me) in next few days.  Feedback appreciated @GregMitch or:  epic1934@aol.com.   Subhed, if you can't read it, is "From Collateral Murder to Cablegate."  I suppose I could add, "and Beyond."  Yes, there is a Bradley Manning chapter.  This is my 11th book, some of previous ones featured here.

2:20  Both The Guardian and Al Jazeera hyping release of cables on secret Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at 3 pm  ET time.

12:15  Ha, nice puff piece here on State Dept. spokesman Crowley, responding to WikiLeaks, and as alleged new Twitter master. 

10:25  Wild: Jerusalem Post says new cable shows Israel asked for half a billion from Germans as World War II "reparations," plus German subs!

10:10  From official WIkiLeaks twitter feed:   "The NYTimes has got to go. It can not be repaired. It is a hopeless government shill | FDL http://is.gd/9FyXEx  "  And:   "Shamans stomp on Assange face, while holding US flags high. All perfectly innocent of course... http://is.gd/ICMoG4  "  

9:20  Assange in new interview slams arrest of Rudolf Elmer.  Reuters: "The founder of whistleblower site WikiLeaks attacked Switzerland on Sunday for arresting a Swiss banker on suspicion of breaching banking secrecy instead of investigating the tax evasion he said he had uncovered.I  n an interview published in the Swiss weekly Der Sonntag, Julian Assange, whose website has angered Washington by releasing confidential U.S. diplomatic cables, said Switzerland's actions were drawing renewed international attention to its controversial banking practices." 

9:05  The Australian with big story on Afghanistan:  Karzai blaming Obama, U.S. asking Aussies to keep Dutch from pulling out, and more, from cables.

9:00 Story says first big debate on WikiLeaks set in an Arab city. "An Arab audience is preparing to have its first public debate about Wikileaks, after an avalanche of newly-released cables threw a harsh - and sometimes embarrassing - spotlight on Middle Eastern leaders and politicians.  The latest Doha Debate, which takes place tomorrow at Qatar Foundation Headquarters at 7.30pm, will address the motion that "This House believes the world is better off with Wikileaks".   Debates' Chairman Tim Sebastian said the revelations seemed to have excited huge interest in many Arab capitals, where information about the ruling elite remained tightly censored."

8:20  Major AP wrap-up on past two months of WikiLeaks.  Notes only 1% released so far by the organization, although actually number a bit higher when you count what news outlets have published totally on their own.  Looks at what's come out and impact -- in some cases understating that. 

8:15   Evgeny Morozov tweets:  "Just did a BBC radio show with US Ambassador to Tunisia. He refused to speak of 'purported cables.' Purported" .... The ambassador didn't explain why 2 weeks ago State Dept was still expressing concern with cyber-attacks on web-sites of Tunisian govt.....Lastly, he made a favorable reference to George Bush, saying that US record on democracy in Tunisia is "clear" & Tunisian people know it

SATURDAY

11:20  Michael Hastings, who blew whistle on Gen. McChrsytal for Rolling Stone,  on Bill Maher last night on Tunisian revolt and his support for WikiLeaks ("as a journalist it's like crack cocaine").   Short clip here.

10:00  Birgitta Jonsdottir, the Icelandic MP and ex_WikiLeaks helper, tweets:  "Spy computer in a room next to my office - could not be placed by WikiLeaks, no one from WL in Iceland at the time it logged into network."  Earlier tonight she noted:  "this computer was found in a vacant room belonging to both the movement and the independence party."

9:45  Guardian writer, frustrated by official UK Chilcot probe of how Iraq war started, and letting Tony Blair off the hooks, says, thank god for WikiLeaks.

6:50  Hu's not even on first?  New cables and the Chinese leader.

5:00 Just up, Carol Rosenberg of McClatchy on those new Cuba cables and what they show about Gitmo, most notably how Congress scuttled any chance Obama admin had for bringing some detainees to U.S. And:  "In cable after cable sent to the State Department in Washington, American diplomats make it clear that the unwillingness of the United States to resettle a single detainee in this country - even from among 17 ethnic Muslim Uighurs considered enemies of China's communist government - made other countries reluctant to take in detainees.

"Europe balked and said the United States should go first. Yemen at one point proposed the United States move the detainees from Cuba to America's SuperMax prison in the Colorado Rockies. Saudi Arabia's king suggested the military plant micro-chips in Guantanamo captives before setting them free."

3:30  German newspaper Die Welt covers cables re: Cuba and U.S.  My associate Kevin Gosztola reports that the Google translaton:  "Cuba seeks 'normal relations' with U.S.   Raul Castro quoted saying, 'The snappy sarcastic language of the older Castro is really a personal rage and do not necessarily reflect the real state of US-Cuban relations.  The diplomats reported that critical bloggers are now considered to be the 'most serious challenge to the regime:''   The old dissident groups have been largely isolated from the rest of the island - they have no resonance in Cuba and only a limited international response."

2:00 It's taken awhile for the translation, but here's good summary of former Swedish judge weighing in on the Assange sex crime case.  "It does appear as if something is being hidden under the carpet.”

1:35  As I noted yesterday, my WikiLeaks book will be published in print and available in a week or so.  However, I do not have an e-book / Kindle publisher right now.  If you have a suggestion (or offer)  let me know at my email,  epic1934@aol.com  and thanks.

12:10  Amnesty International sends protest letter to Robert Gates, Pentagon chief, on Manning's confinement.   Call conditions "harsh" and "punitive" and presuming guilt, and Manning has not shown poor or dangerous behavior.  Says they appear to "breach" international standards.

11:10  Mark Stephens, Assange attorney, just tweeted @MarksLarks: Lawyer threatens to prosecute Palin for incitement to kill if she goes to Australia."   http://bit.ly/gnfDpD   Anyone who incites others to commit violence against his client, even outside Australia, Stary says, is violating Australian law and can be held accountable for it.  Certainly if Sarah Palin or any of those other politicians come to Australia, for whatever purpose, then we can initiate a private prosecution, and that's what we intend to do," Stary said.

 

10:40   WikiLeaks tweets at official feed: Authoritarian governments have immensely benefited from the web. We agree: http://is.gd/E2BTkQ ." 

10:35  Since it's  Saturday I can say I'm now in day 56 of  the WikiLeaks blog, which ties DiMaggio's streak.  No Marilyn Monroe or Mr. Coffee  for me.  Cal Ripken next!

10:20  New cables reveal secret spy operations by.... Australia., working with U.S. and Japan.

9:55 Digital Journal on Obama admin internal memo on Miranda warnings and terror subjects, wonders how might apply to their treatment of Assange and Manning.  (h/t Kevin Gosztola).

9:15  Still waiting for Assange to leak the real reasons for Olbermann's exit at MSNBC.  If it was at least partly mutual (he has not fought back so far, as in previous situations)  and partly due, as some claim, to his growing fatigue in fending off critics, one wonders if the recent attacks on him, via Twitter and blogoshere,  related to coverage of  the Assange sex crime case had anything at all to do with it.

9:10  Swell effort, partly from my old friends at the Government Accountability Project but asking for your help:  Which U.S. Senator put a secret hold on the Whistleblower Protection Act? 

9:00  Three well-known  journalists on panel abroad defend the mainstream, hit WikiLeaks'  lack of context, at Wall St. Journal today.

 

LATE FRIDAY

11:20  We've reported on the first Hollywood-type biopic on Assange (even promoting  a pick-the-star frenzy), and then Universal making a deal for a doc by Alex Gibney.  Now word that HBO interested in its own film based partly on Raffi Khatchadourian's great New Yorker piece from when he was in the "bunker" in Iceland with him as he worked on the Collateral Murder video.

11:15  Interesting  piece on Facebook "fighting U.S. pressure over WikiLeaks."   Facebook spokesman Andrew Noyes told InfoWorld  " that the social network is 'required to regularly push back against over-broad requests for user records. … in most cases we are able to convince the party issuing legal process to withdraw the overbroad request, but if they do not we fight the matter in court' and have a history of success in those cases."

11:10 Tonight I uploaded 90% of my WIkiLeaks book to publisher, will have finished copies within 10 days you can order and get them right away then.  Patience. With a little luck, it will still be first out of the gate.

10:30  Paging Julian Assange -- need you to leak real reasons for Keith Olbermann's exit at MSNBC.

5:45 Glenn Greenwald's "tribute" to Joe Lieberman does not, of course, miss Joe's attempts to shut down or shut off or shut up WikiLeaks and Assange.

4:35  Just out, Universal studio has just made deal with the great Alex Gibney to direct doc on Assange.  I interviewed Alex recently for The Nation about his current Eliot Spitzer Client 9 film. Gibney, of course, did Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and so many others.  He also told me he is nearly finishing one on Ken Kesey.

THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Friday, Day 55

As I've done for more than seven weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

UPDATE:  Follow the Saturday edition of this blog here.

10:30  Paging Julian Assange -- need you to leak real reasons for Keith Olbermann's exit at MSNBC.

8:00  For J. Assange, Beethoven's "The Ghost." 

5:45 Glenn Greenwald's "tribute" to Joe Lieberman does not, of course, miss Joe's attempts to shut down or shut off or shut up WikiLeaks and Assange.

4:35  Just out, Universal studio has just made deal with the great Alex Gibney to direct doc on Assange, for HBO.  I interviewed Alex recently for The Nation about his current Eliot Spitzer Client 9 film. Gibney, of course, did Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room and so many others.  He also told me he is nearly finishing one on Ken Kesey.

4:30  Good legal analysis by Paul Ohm on big story yesterday about WikiLeaks maybe in trouble for allegedly "trolling" for "leaks" off computers.   Not looks doubtful.

3:49 Playing off news that film producers  have optioned the rights to Julian Assange’s forthcoming biography, The Most Dangerous Man in the World, Vanity Fair has a post on other websites that should be movies. One suggestion: eBay.  Wait a minute, didn't we already see that one -- when Meg Whitman ran for Senate?  They’re encouraging readers to suggest their own ideas in the comments section.

1:35  Cables confirm wide U.S. "meddling" in Haiti, from The Guardian.  Gwynne Dyer on same subject here.

1:30  Two leading writers on WikiLeaks team up, as Andy Greenberg of Forbes interviews Evgeny Morozov about his new book and Wiki stuff.

1:15  Yes, besides fully maintaining this blog, I have in the past seven days written 30,000 words for the book and it's almost done.  Should be ready to ship to you in two weeks.

11:55  Rudolf Elmer, bank and tax cheat leaker, to be kept in custody over the weekend.

11:50  Yemen jails journo who blew whistle on U.S. attacks there that killed civilians.  You'll remember that one of the first Cablegate scoops was Yemeni  lies to cover up U.S. air strikes.

11:40  Intrigue over WikiLeaks.com domain name expiring.

11:30  Network World covers FBI warnings on WikiLeaks "phishing" and more.

10:30  An upsurge in heroin from, not Afghanistan, but ... Iran.  New cables from Die Welt, via Aftenposten, via WikiLeaks.

9:15  More from the Wide, Wide World of WikiLeaks: cables on eviction of the Bushmen in Botswana.

9:10  Business Insider joins the fun on proposing celebs to play Assange in movie, also leads, as I did below, with Tilda Swinton.   Photos of candidates there.

9:00 Here's mp3 of me talking some WikiLeaks on radio yesterday.

8:30  TV in India claims it also has Rudolf Elmer bank files given to Assange this week.   Here is press coverage and  its entertaining TV account  (there are four parts in all) and claim that they've "outscooped WikiLeaks."  They've covered Elmer from the beginning. They show some on screen.  Finger "Annapurna" as Indian company as mentioned most, but wonder if political will there to move. 

8:05  More on Manning's defense demanding end to punitiive conditions, from the Wash Post.  Also, FireDogLake to deliver petition with 30,000 signatures this weekend.  :"he circumstances of Manning's confinement have drawn public attention. The United Nations special rapporteur on torture has said he submitted to the State Department a formal inquiry about Manning's treatment."

8:00  News that Bradley Manning's defense has filed an Article 138 complaint, direct from his attorney's blog.  Paul Coombs writes: "The defense asserts that the action of holding PFC Manning in Maximum (MAX) custody, under Prevention of Injury (POI) watch for over five months and recently placing him under suicide risk was an abuse of CWO4 James Averhart’s discretion, and a wrong within the meaning of Article 138, UCMJ."

12:10 Lotta support voiced for the following actors to play Assange, after I posted item down below about first bio-pic about him possibly on the way:  Paul Bettany, Tilda Swinton (she can do anything), Simon Baker, Cate Blanchett (played Dylan, another man of mystery), Matt Damon (Bourne to do it) , Guy Pearce, Julian Sands, Ralph Fiennes, and, yes, David Spade, among others.  Email me your picks (see address at top) or at Twitter @GregMitch.

12:05  Moscow Times with a new piece on Russia's own WikiLeaks up and running. "Most RuLeaks editors are activists of the group's local spinoff, the Pirate Party of Russia, party chairman Pavel Rassudov said Thursday.  The web site will help 'clean up the state,' Rassudov said." That may take a while.

12:00  David Brooks at the NYT with tribute to prime WIkiLeaks antagonist in the Senate, Joe Lieberman, who, thankfully, is not running for another term

From late Thursday: 

Another one of the endless number of fairly minor but fascinating tales that come out of the cables, usually abroad, this one featuring Norway severing ties with WalMart over "ethical" issues.

A lot of WikiLeaks cables this week have talked Turkey and now NYT with a major piece.

Just so you know, WSJ  wants Assange to send his book money to Zimbadwe to cover "collateral damage" he (allegedly) caused.   No word on where Bush should send his much higher checks.

6:30 First sighting of a bio-pic, for big or small screen, reported:  "An upcoming biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to be turned into a feature film, Variety is reporting.  The Most Dangerous Man in the World, an upcoming biography of Assange penned by Australian reporter Andrew Fowler, has been optioned by Josephson Entertainment, the production company behind TV series Bones, and Michelle Krumm Prods., a production company that appears to be behind absolutely nothing. Barry Josephson, of Josephson Entertainment, said the upcoming film, “is this generation’s suspenseful drama with global impact.”   Cate Blanchett, an Aussie who played Dylan, might be perfect for this role, too.


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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 54!

As I've done for more than seven weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Information on some of my books here.

UPDATE: Go here for the Friday edition of this blog.

11:05 Another one of the endless number of fairly minor but fascinating tales that come out of the cables, usually abroad, this one featuring Norway severing ties with WalMart over "ethical" issues.

10:45 A lot of WikiLeaks cables this week have talked Turkey and now NYT with a major piece.

7:50  Just so you know, WSJ  wants Assange to send his book money to Zimbadwe to cover "collateral damage" he (allegedly) caused.   No word on where Bush should send his much higher checks.

6:30 First sighting of a bio-pic, for big or small screen, reported:  "An upcoming biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is set to be turned into a feature film, Variety is reporting.  The Most Dangerous Man in the World, an upcoming biography of Assange penned by Australian reporter Andrew Fowler, has been optioned by Josephson Entertainment, the production company behind TV series Bones, and Michelle Krumm Prods., a production company that appears to be behind absolutely nothing. Barry Josephson, of Josephson Entertainment, said the upcoming film, “is this generation’s suspenseful drama with global impact.”   Cate Blanchett, an Aussie who played Dylan, might be perfect for this role, too.

4:35  Jennifer Lynch at EFF with a good study titled, Social Media and Law Enforcement, Who Gets What Data and When.  "We have been investigating how the government seeks information from social networking sites such as Twitter and how the sites respond to these requests in our ongoing social networking Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request."

3:30  Joshua Norman at CBS News posts full story about Open Leaks and a video.  "OpenLeaks co-founder Herbert Snorrason said OpenLeaks is much more than just a visible disagreement with Assange's way of doing things. They will not only provide a 'technical infrastructure'  for leaking materials anonymously that protects all parties involved, but the site will represent a growing online effort proclaiming to fight the corrupt, powerful entities of the world by spilling their secrets."

3:20  Ex-Gitmo inmates cite WikiLeaks cables in French trial.  Does not work.

2:45 Somehow I have been picked by Business Insider and its "The Wire"  (no, not run by David SImon) site as the 47th "most influential" media person this year.  Here's the cute write-up:  "Liveblogging went out of fashion a few year's back when Twitter arrived. However, when Greg Mitchell revived it over at his Nation media blog in order to cover the WikiLeaks debacle, he provided readers (and bloggers!) with an invaluable resource and as a result made himself the go-to resource for all things Assange." 

2:30  Andy Greenberg at Forbes.com with an important update on the alleged WikiLeaks-trolling-for-and-stealing files claims in last night's Bloomberg story (see 12:15 below and what I posted yesterday).  It seems that even the company making the charges might be backing off a bit.  The key aspect:  Yes, files were stolen, but hackers might have done it and then passed docs on to WIkiLeaks, in that case not done by WikiLeaks itself.

1:10  I mentioned this earlier today, now here's Andy Worthington with his take on letter from former Quantico commander, whistleblower and CIA operative protesting prison conditions for Bradley Manning.

12:15  We brought you the first news break on this last night, but Wired is now on the claim that WikiLeaks is trolling file-sharing networks for confidential material.  The company making the claim, Tiversa, has interesting background.  Charge denied by attorney for the group.

11:50  Much more (and see just below) on Iran, nuclear issues, and the cables, via The Guardian.  As always in these cases, you can take U.S. claims at face value, with a grain of salt, or whatever. 

11:45 Full video now here on last night's WikiLeaks panel in California (we wrote about it way down below) with Ellsberg, Shirky, others.  (h/t Kevin Gosztola)

11:15  Gary Sick at Foreign Policy on what's been largely overlooked in the cables about negotiating with Iran, past and present.   What the media missed while highlighting Qaddafi's buxom nurse.

10:45  Good update on the Rudolf Elmer re-arrest from Mark Hosenball from Reuters.

10:30  Steve Aftergood at Secrecy News with this update:  "Department of Defense employees who downloaded classified documents from Wikileaks onto unclassified government computer systems may delete them without further “sanitizing” their systems or taking any other remedial measures, the Pentagon said in a policy memo (pdf) last week."

9:10 Major revelations re:  the Swiss released by Aftenposten.  "A document revealed by whistleblowing internet site WikiLeaks appears to show that Switzerland struck a deal with the United States in 2009 to help embattled bank UBS. 

"A 'secret'  US dispatch published by Norway’s Aftenposten newspaper alleged that the Swiss government had said it would shut down the activities of the Swedish firm Colenco which was believed to be violating sanctions in Iran. Last year’s Swiss president, Doris Leuthard, had also reaffirmed to the US that Switzerland was prepared to accept 'several detainees' from the US prison at Guantanamo Bay.   Leuthard is said to have linked both to the achievement of a political settlement in the case of Swiss banking giant UBS. The minister denied the claims on Thursday."

 

8:50  David Swanson has posted what he says is a letter from a former commander at Quantico -- and former Iran-Contra "whsiteblower" -- protesting prison conditions for Bradley Manning .and why the Marine Corps is even involved in this Army case.   I haven't confirmed authenticity but here's what he's posted.

8:45 Lengthy post at WL Central probes what cables suggest about Ireland's role in "extraordinary rendition."  A senior member of the Irish Labour Party speaks out here.

7:50  Jacob Appelbaum, one of those in middle of DOJ legal move vs. Twitter for Wikileaks info, searched and detained yet again at airport, this time returning to the U.S. from Toronto.   Selections from his Twitter feed:  "They put me in an interrogation room with a large window. Ironically, it had a view of a computer screen with my file on it."  "CBP edits and reads your file while simultaneously using Internet Explorer to search the web while you're detained. That seems cybersecure!"  "I'm looking forward to a time when I'm not on a secret watch, search, harass, detain, interrogate, delay, annoy and stress list."

7:20  Financial Times with somewhat lighthearted look at "Fear and Apprehension" surrounding Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer's tax cheat leak, including betting odds on who might get exposed from leading sports bookmaker.

1:00  Ha, fun little Icelandic TV comedy show trailer for "Birgitta Impossible," and this could only be WikiLeaks-linked MP Birgitta Jonsdottir.

12:50  Wild new piece at Bloomberg on the company Tiversa trying to trace WikiLeaks computers grabbing "leaks" off file-sharing programs on people's computers -- and turning info over to the government.   "Tiversa declined to say who its client was when it noticed the Swedish downloads. Howard Schmidt, a former Tiversa adviser, is cybersecurity coordinator and special assistant to President Barack Obama."  WikiLeaks lawyer Mark Stephens denies any such trolling for material. 

12:05  Forbes Tech blogger Eric Savitz with detailed blow-by-blow of WikiLeaks panel in Santa Clara, Ca., which included Clay Shirky, Dan Ellsberg, Jonathan Zittrain, Paul Jay and Peter Thiell.   Wide-ranging talk.

From late Wednesday

Hot new scam, according to Forbes blogger: Calling people and telling them they are in big trouble for visiting a WikiLeaks-related -- unless they pay up.  Better Business Bureau on it, including in Seattle:  "A caller reported she received an automated phone call telling her that her computer and IP address had been noted as having visited the Wikileaks site, and that there were grave consequences for this, including a $250,000 or $25,000 fine, perhaps imprisonment. It left an option for leaving a message as to how she was going to handle this and the fine payment." 

  Major new piece in The Australian on the rather strained relationship -- "locked in a war of words," so thy say -- between Assange and The Guardian, charges of betrayal, the falling out with Nick Davies, and so on.  Not exactly new but a lot of fresh quotes from close observers.  .  "I think Julian is an extremely colourful character, he is very aware of that, he uses that very smartly, he is very aware that a picture of him will play well in a newspaper," Ian Katz said.

Political scientist Michael Busch has been blogging abo,ut some of the interesting but less-publicized cables at two sites.  His own WikiBlogged includes regular updates often darkly humorous,  such as one from yesterday on monitoring driving and cell phone distraction in...Armenia.    He blogs less often at IPS's Foreign Policy in Focus.

 Reuters with details on the Elmer arrest: : "Swiss police on Wednesday arrested former banker Rudolf Elmer on fresh charges of breaching Swiss bank secrecy law for giving data to WikiLeaks, hours after he was found guilty of another secrecy offense.  'The state prosecutor's office is checking to see whether Rudolf Elmer has violated Swiss banking law by handing the CD over to WikiLeaks,' the Zurich cantonal (state) police and state prosecutor said in a joint statement."

 
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