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Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views for Tuesday, Day 45

As I've done for more than six 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.

UPDATE: Check out the Wednesday edition of this blog here.

9:50  As we've noted, Birgitta Jonsdottir,  the Icelandic MP (left)  involved in the DOJ / Twitter case is speaking in Canada this week, and here she sits for a lengthy Q & A with Toronto's Globe & Mail.

9:45  Jason Ching analysis in The National Law Journal:  "Bradley Manning will likely be prosecuted and convicted under the Espionage Act, but not Julian Assange because he is joined at the hip with news organizations."

9:40  Security expert, in The Independent, says Assange fears of trial in USA are justified.

7:00 Several Twitter friends have pointed out re: the item below that the original subhed remains unchanged on The Guardian piece with WikiLeaks still the sole recipient of Mugabe's "gratitude," not mentioning The Guardian. Also, the piece appears at the Comment Is Free part of The Guardian site, Richardson is not a Guardian columnist or op-ed writer in normal sense.

6:15  FInally.  In one of the more shameful journalistic episodes in recent days of WikiLeaks action, The Guardian published a piece by James Richardson that charged WL with "collateral murder"  in Zimbadwe and earning "the ignominy of Robert Mugabe's gratitude."   Even though many bloggers, including yours truly, quickly pointed out that, in fact, it was The Guardian itself that first published the fateful cable, the paper did nothing to revise or amend or correct the article -- for eight days.  Finally, today, it happened with a rewritten photo caption, a slight edit,  and this at the end of the piece: "This article was amended on 11 January 2011 to clarify the fact that the 2009 cable referred to in this article was placed in the public domain by the Guardian, and not as originally implied by WikiLeaks. The photo caption was also amended to reflect this fact."

5:45 State Dept spokesman Crowley's presentation today at D.C. seminar, lot of attention to Wikileaks by the end, full transcript here.

5:00 Fast Company:  Twitter's "legal eagle" and why they alone have apparently resisted DOJ probe.

4:55 Update by Mark Hosenball of Reuters on two of those in the DOJ / Twitter case who vow to resist.  "Two prominent WikiLeaks supporters in the Netherlands and Iceland are consulting U.S. lawyers about ways to stop the Justice Department getting their Twitter records in a probe into the leak of secret documents."

4:45   @federicacocco live tweeted the Frontline #wikileaks panel discussion in London now.  Latest:  "Has The Guardian signed an agreement with Openleaks? Ian Katz denied but not too vehemently."   Earlier:  "I asked whether Julian Assange's christmas pics weren't demeaning and distracting from the message. Not satisfied with answer though!"  (h/t @Rob_Banks)

3:30  Benjamin Netanyahu in the Jersulem Post  reveals that WikiLeaks has indeed IDed "the three major concerns of most governments around the world: The first problem is Iran, the second problem is Iran, the third problem is Iran."

2:50  That Icelandic MP in DOJ / Twitter case appeared at conference in Ontatio this afternoon, livestreamed, should be available now in archives or podcast.

12:45  Glenn Greenwald returns with a take on this morning's Assange court hearing and notion that American justice system so scary it is strong argument against extradition. "It's quite notable that the mere threat of ending up in American custody is considered (at least by Assange's lawyers) to be a viable basis for contesting extradition on human rights grounds. Indeed, this argument is not unusual....Americans still like to think of themselves as 'leaders of the free world,' but in the eyes of many, it's exactly the 'free world' to which American policies are so antithetical and threatening."

11:45 Even more trouble for Assange in sex crime case?  This NYT piece on today's hearing notes that his 35-page defense argument revealed, officially, for first time the names of his two accusers (most media have hidden names though they appear widely on the web).   This has already led to speculation that he or his team could face new charges over releasing the names, to the point that one of his attorney had to respond by saying  "the inclusion of the women’s names in the defense documents was an oversight that would be corrected."  Though a little late.

11:00  CNBC source confirms Bank of America is indeed target of next WikiLeaks release but has few details on what the org actually has.

10:55  The Guardian resumes it's You Ask / We Search (the unpublished cables) service that it quit a few weeks back.

10:15  Amusing piece about a fella about crashing as Assange's flat in Melbourne at a key moment in 2007.

9:50  More on the discovery, and then deletion, of the JulianAssangeMustDie domain.

9:40  Roy Greenslade, media columnist for The Guardian, updates earlier reports on U.S. journos and journo groups with mixed or critical view of Assange.

9:00 Former Croatia presidential candidate announces setting up a Leaks site there, with word that a lot to go on in current WikiLeaks dump.

8:25  Full defense argument now posted here.

8:10  More from Assange argument to the court:  He argues that the leak of  selected extracts of prosecution file on details of sex case to Nick Davies at the Guardian was  a "breach of his fair trial and privacy rights." 

8:05 Just caught up to @AlexiMostrous tweeting earlier today that Assange told him on way in to court that he was "pissed off" about various forms of "treachery" against him.

8:00 Good summary of the Assange defense argument just posted at The Guardian.  Hits Swedish having authority, improper procedures and abuses, offenses not extradition worthy,  Assange a "victim of a pattern of illegal or corrupt behavior," risk of extradition to U.S., and more.   Next kay, two-day hearing set for February 7.  Court observers say Assange was "relaxed" today.  Still confined to that estate. 

7:45  About to catch up to the Assange hearing.  Meanwhile, that JulianAssangeMustDie domain has suddenly been removed after all of the publicity last night first provided by @EvgenyMorozov and then yours truly.  Morozov found that it seemed to be registered to rightwing blogger and podcaster Melissa Clouthier (see below).   Other incitement domains remain, such as killwikileaks.com, see here  (h/t @exiledsurfer)   More on others and protests to GoDaddy here.

7:40  Assange expresses satisfaction with results of his hearing today.  His side's full argument to be released later today, he says.  The Guardian now has full report after earlier blog items.

12:02  Two of those targeted by DOJ via Twitter have safely arrived where they were going after long flights, without incident.  Jacob Appelbaum (who had his laptop confiscated on a previous arrival)  tweets: " I am out of the airport and back in Seattle. Nothing more for now, sleep time."   And Brigitta Jonsdottir, the Iceland MP, on getting to Canada for a conference:  "have arrived save and sound in Canada - had no problems what so ever - will be meeting some very interesting people here." And:  "if the message with the subpoena was to scare me - it has failed."  

From Late  Monday

WikiLeaks press release offers condolences on Tucson shootings and points out the many threats of violence, death and assassination against Assange and others connected to their org.  Closes with,  “We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

Ryan Singel at Wired: Twitter's response to the DOJ move should be "industry's standard."

This is rich:  Woman who allegedly (see below) registered JulianAssangeMustDie as a domain name does joint podcasts with... Andrew Malcolm, the former Laura Bush aide and longtime L.A. Times blogger.  "Malcolm & Melissa." 

More from @EvgenyMorozov who has been on this all day:  "Wow! julianassangemustdie.com is registered to melissaclouthier.com. Clouthier is a blogger for RightWingNews and StopTheACLU."   Unless it's removed, and owner deletes, some evidence here.   She hasn't added anything to her site since October but tweets @Melissatweets. 

Big news, my Twitter source who works for the Aftenposten paper in Norway, tweets for my attention:  "Aftenposten shares full Cablegate dump with Danish newspaper Politiken."   Have to trust without translation but he's always been on the money.

State Dept. "spokesman" Crowley questioned several times on DOJ vs. Twitter and Iceland ministry calling in U.S. Ambassador.  Crowley manages to say little eight different ways.   (h/t @Asher_Wolf)

Special DAYBOOK: The Arizona Shootings—Dozens of Links Here

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com.

THE MONDAY AFTER

Rather than do the usual Daybook collection of widely-scattered links and videos, we'll basically stick to items related to the tragic assassination attempt on a US congresswoman on Saturday, leading to her critical wounding and the deaths of six others, including her aide, a federal judge and a nine-year-old girl.

Note: Yes, I am live-blogging WikiLeaks again here. The extensive wild weekend wrapup here.

GUNS  The magazine clip for Loughner's gun was illegal under the (now-expired) Clinton assault weapons ban... At Huff Post, head of leading gun control hits Arizona laws and "2nd Amendment remedies."... Gail Collins:  We need "sane regulation of weapons that make it easiest for crazy people to create mass slaughter." Fail drug test: can't join military and handle weapons under tight control. But totally uncontrolled as civilian? Buy guns at will... Shooting inspires pro-gun lawmakers to... carry weapons...

LOUGHNER  New NYT piece includes look at several right-wing groups he may have liked or borrowed rhetoric from... Good post on Loughner by Mark Potok of SPLC and Hatewatch... Mother Jones with "exclusive" interview with close Loughner friend, his "dream" state and a missed phone call... Pete Williams on NBC last night confirmed law enforcement looking at his interest in "far-right" groups. No mention of "left."...WSJ describes Loughner's '07 exchange w/ Giffords: "How do you know words mean anything?" She responded in Spanish... Director of American Renaissance denies link to Loughner on his racist site (though what would he subscribe to print magazine to be a follower??) -- and note "Tea Party HQ" ad for flags at upper left.  

HATE SPEECH  Tim Egan at NYT on that case of man reciting Glenn Beck nearly "word for word" arrested for threatening Sen. Patty Murray.... Krugman: "Let’s not make a false pretense of balance" between right and left toxic rhetoric. But Ross Douthat weighs in w/ expected left as bad as right in preaching violence... Timetable of political violence over past two years, via Digby.... Blog post by woman who suggested using Olbermann for target practice just taken down by... somebody. Background... : Dave Weigel on Palin's map: Targets or "surveyor symbols"?.... Jack Shafer of Slate got jumped on by a lot of people for this. I disagree on violent part. "Our spirited political discourse, complete w/... yes, violent imagery—is a good thing."

Melissa McEwan:  "There is no lefist equivalent to" all of these rightwingers.

NYT re-enacts shooting. 

Good George Packer take on the shooting at New Yorker site...

So, logically, GOP will now endorse a movement to ban gun stores within a mile of hallowed site of Giffords' shooting, right?

Giffords' surgeon's Iraq/Afghanistan battlefield experience... New technology: Giffords brother-in-law, from space shuttle, tweets: "want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers, words of condolences and encouragement."

Nice profile of Sheriff Dupnik: The frank opinions we heard Saturday were totally in character, it seems. 

Bill Maher tweets: "Hey Republicans who r condemning AZ shooting - if u didn't condemn Sharon Angle's '2nd amendment remedies' just shut up now." 

 
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THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Monday, Day 44

As I've done for more than six 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. For more follow me on Twitter. Read about my latest book here .

10:40  WikiLeaks press release offers condolences on Tucson shootings and points out the many threats of violence, death and assassination against Assange and others connected to their org.  Closes with,  “We call on US authorities and others to protect the rule of law by aggressively prosecuting these and similar incitements to kill. A civil nation of laws can not have prominent members of society constantly calling for the murder and assassination of other individuals or groups.”

9:20  Ryan Singel at Wired: Twitter's response to the DOJ move should be "industry's standard."

7:35  This is rich:  Woman who apparently (see below) registered JulianAssangeMustDie as a domain name does joint podcasts with... Andrew Malcolm, the former Laura Bush aide and longtime L.A. Times blogger.  "Malcolm & Melissa." 

7:30  For a walk down memory lane, check out my WikiLeaks blogging more than six weeks ago -- on Day 1.  As always, starts at bottom.  A couple of hours of  run-up speculation and then the first, well-coordinated,  media coverage of big doc dump in early afternoon.

6:55  State Dept. "spokesman" Crowley questioned several times on DOJ vs. Twitter and Iceland ministry calling in U.S. Ambassador.  Crowley manages to say little eight different ways.   (h/t @Asher_Wolf) 

6:20  Clouthier (see below) recently wrote that the "ultimate truth" is: Obama is a "lazy moron." 

5:55 More from @EvgenyMorozov who has been on this all day:  "Wow! julianassangemustdie.com is registered to melissaclouthier.com. Clouthier is a blogger for RightWingNews and StopTheACLU."   Proof here.   She hasn't added anything to her site since October but tweets @Melissatweets. 

5:30  Big news, my Twitter source who works for the Aftenposten paper in Norway, tweets for my attention:  "Aftenposten shares full Cablegate dump with Danish newspaper Politiken."   Have to trust without translation but he's always been on the money.

5:25  Evgeny Morozov tweets:  "Brace yourself: someone has already registered julianassangesextape.com."   Earlier today from him: "why is GoDaddy making money off killassange.com and killjulianassange.com?"   And:  "FBI has purchased http://stopwikileaks.com to redirect it to https://tips.fbi.gov? That's gross." 

5:20  My Nation colleague Katha Pollitt with new column: "Naomi Wolf, Wrong Again on Rape."   Assange-related, of course.

5:15  The Guardian newspaper names Assange as Person of the Year--The Guardian of Nigeria, that is.

1:00  Off to NYC for a few hours, sorry, back maybe about 5.

12:20  New from ProPublica:  Which Senator Sabotaged the Popular Whistleblower Protection Bill? 

11:20  More from Assange attorney Mark Stephens on utter "harassment" of the DOJ move on Twitter.

10:40  Micah Sifty, like The Guardian today, announces upcoming instant WL book, out in a month or so.

10:10  Much here at WL Central on the hacking of the Fine Gael site, which may not be WIkiLeaks-related.

9:40  New from Glenn Greenwald on the DOJ / Twitter case and US trying to produce climate of  "fear." 

9:30  Surprisingly tough LA Times editorial calling prison conditions for Bradley Manning "indefensible." Chares, "the conditions under which he is being held at the Marine detention center at Quantico, Va., are so harsh as to suggest he is being punished for conduct of which he hasn't been convicted."

9:25   Next Assange hearing tomorrow at 10 am, London time, and moved to large venue due to interest.

9:20  Life story of Assange, newsreel style. (h/t  @Asher_Wolf)  

 

9:10  Swiss banker who helped WIkiLeaks three years ago faces trial.

8:15 a.m.  The Guardian finally announces its upcoming book, which has different title and subtitle than what was recently posted at Amazon and another book site. Investigations ed David Leigh boasts, "The real story of WikiLeaks has yet to be told and this book will lift the lid on the Guardian's unique partnership with Julian Assange, one of the world's most controversial figures. Readers will have a ringside seat as the extraordinary twists and turns of the WikiLeaks story unfold. It's a story of secret document dumps, spying and sex allegations, written by Guardian journalists who worked with Assange and followed his mission every step of the way. This book will bring you as close to the unvarnished truth as you're likely to get."

7:45  Assange seems to have said in an interview, according to Bloomberg, that he will not be publishing those "bank documents" soon due (ironically) to money problems.

7:40  The Guardian says it is finally re-launching its "You Ask, We Tell" search feature on the unpublished cables. And it's back with its weekday blog .

12:20  Transcript of Dan Ellsberg interview on backing Manning and Assange on Scott Horton's radio show for antiwar.com.

12:10  In wake of DOJ vs. Twitter, NYT looks at web privacy law from 1986 "outrun" by the Internet.

12:05  Hollywood's popular "The Wrap" blog looks with bemusement at battles of media titans over WIkiLeaks (Nick Davies vs. Bianca Jagger, Greenwald vs. Poulson, and so on). 

From late Sunday

Paris Match interview with Assange , translated. "Wearing a bracelet is much more bothersome than being in prison. It's like... like a chastity belt.  Something that undermines your physical integrity.... the reality is that I was in solitary confinement, and today I'm under house arrest. Whereas people in the American adminstration who have organized murders by the thousands, war crimes, torture, are free.  We are certainly a courageous organization, but not a powerful one.... Sarah Palin said that I should be pursued like Osama bin Laden. I say to her: 'Good, that'll take you at least ten years!' "

ACLU on chilling effect of DOJ move on Twitter: "These government requests for detailed information about individuals' Internet communications raise serious First Amendment concerns and will have a chilling effect on people's willingness to engage in lawful communications over the Internet."

Several Hillary Clinton statements on Wikileaks today, reported by Wash Post, on visit to UAE, including: "I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks for the rest of my life, not just the rest of my tenure as secretary of State." And Clinton said she needed a tour jacket, similar to ones used by rock bands, that would have a "big picture of the world and would say The Apology Tour " on it.

Nancy Youssef, veteran correspondent at McClatchy: In WIkiLeaks fight, US Journos Take the Fifth. "Just three years after a major court confrontation that saw many of America's most important journalism organizations file briefs on WikiLeaks' behalf, much of the U.S. journalistic community has shunned Assange—even as reporters write scores, if not hundreds, of stories based on WikiLeaks' trove of leaked State Department cables.... With a few notable exceptions, it's been left to foreign journalism organizations to offer the loudest calls for the US to recognize WikiLeaks' and Assange's right to publish under the US Constitution's First Amendment."

 
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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog, Special Weekend Edition!

As I've done for more than five 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. For more follow me on Twitter. Read about my latest book on wild, immensely influential election campaign here.

UPDATE Check out Monday's edition of this blog here.

**SUNDAY**

10:55  Paris Match interview with Assange, translated.  "Wearing a bracelet is much more bothersome than being in prison.  It's like... like a chastity belt. Something that undermines your physical integrity.... the reality is that I was in solitary confinement, and today I'm under house arrest. Whereas people in the American adminstration who have organized murders by the thousands, war crimes, torture, are free. We are certainly a courageous organization, but not a powerful one.... Sarah Palin said that I should be pursued like Osama bin Laden. I say to her: 'Good, that'll take you at least ten years!'"

9:15  ACLU on chilling effect of DOJ move on Twitter: "These government requests for detailed information about individuals' Internet communications raise serious First Amendment concerns and will have a chilling effect on people's willingness to engage in lawful communications over the Internet. There are serious doubts as to whether the government's interest in obtaining all of this private and constitutionally protected information is sufficiently compelling to outweigh the constitutional interests at stake"

7:55  Several Hillary Clinton statements on Wikileaks today, reported by Wash Post, on visit to UAE, including: "I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks for the rest of my life, not just the rest of my tenure as secretary of State." And Clinton said she had quipped to one of her aides that she needed a tour jacket, similar to ones used by rock bands, that would have a "big picture of the world and would say 'The Apology Tour'" on it. The fallout from the WikiLeaks affair "is still in the atmosphere," she said.

3:25  Nancy Youssef, veteran correspondent at McClatchy: In WIkiLeaks fight, US Journos Take the Fifth. "Just three years after a major court confrontation that saw many of America's most important journalism organizations file briefs on WikiLeaks' behalf, much of the US journalistic community has shunned Assange—even as reporters write scores, if not hundreds, of stories based on WikiLeaks' trove of leaked State Department cables.... With a few notable exceptions, it's been left to foreign journalism organizations to offer the loudest calls for the US to recognize WikiLeaks' and Assange's right to publish under the US Constitution's First Amendment."

2:30   Jacob Appelbaum, one of those mentioned in DOj / Twitter move, just tweeted: "After a good deal of thought, I've decided to fly home from Iceland tomorrow to Seattle as planned. The ACLU will meet me at the airport." He recently had laptop confiscated at an airport. 

11:30  Does Twitter have rights to resist DOJ?  Former Asst. US attorney tackles it at Fire Dog Lake.

10:30  Protests backing WIkiLeaks and/or Manning have continued, if on small scale, around the globe. Here is report on a modest one in Santa Cruz, Ca.

9:35  The Guardian with what it calls the "definitive timeline" on WikiLeaks under attack.

9:10  Well-known US media writer Dan Kennedy tweets: "As a First Amendment statement, I am now following @WikiLeaks. Come and get me, Mr. Holder."

9:00 Iceland summons US ambassador to express concerns about Twitter subpoena and MP there.  Plus, the MP, Birgitta Jonsdottir, says she wants clear answers on whether it is safe for her to travel abroad. “I don’t know if I can go to the US without risking that my phone or computer will be confiscated.”

8:50  Stephen Walt at Foreign Policy: Wikileaks, April Glaspie, and Saddam Hussein .

8:40  A Channel 4 TV report from UK, with Assange attorney Mark Stephens on the Twitter assault. Elsewhere he said, "What they are trying to do is hoover data up to see if anything can identify the source." 

8:30  Larry Lessig and Mark Rasch on what US really after in the Twitter subpoenas.

8:20  "It is so sad. This is not how America wants to present itself to the world."—Birgitta Jonsdottir

8:00  Judge Evans has agreed to use of Twitter during Assange's next court hearing on Tuesday.

BELOW  The full story of the shocking new DOJ move against WikiLeaks supporters, seeking records from Twitter, as it developed, most recent news at top.

SATURDAY 

11:30 pm As many seem to "unfollow" the official @WikiLeaks feed, it advises: "Too late to unfollow; trick used is to demand the lists, dates and IPs of all who received our twitter messages." They also note: "Help us fund Twitter Subpoena legal fight! http://wikileaks.ch/support.html."

11:20  Iceland blasts US government over Twitter subpoena.

11:10  @WLLegal tweets:  "If IP addresses of all 600,000+ @wikileaks followers are accessible to gov't through the subpoena, @twitter should publicly address."   The official @WikiLeaks feeds had said:  "WARNING all 637,000 #Wikileaks followers are target of US gov subpoena against Twitter, under section 2. B http://is.gd/koZIA ." 

5:00  Obviously, I have taken a lot of time "off" to tweet about assassination attempt on U.S. congresswoman and death of five or six others.

1:55  The Icelandic MP tweets, @birgittaj: "talked with USA lawyers late last night - will get some legal advice Monday."   Also global coverage of the DOJ case -- maybe bad move by Obama admin since Twitter used all over the world.

1:50  A report that Mark Stephens, one of Assange's lawyers, told UK television that Skype may have gotten a subpoena.  Will check.

12:20   John Burns with NYT piece on the DOJ / Twitter move. No news, but couple points: "The facsimile of the subpoena showed that it had been authorized by the U.S. attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va., outside Washington, an office that has often been used by the federal government in highly sensitive criminal inquiries."  And this on fact only two of targets are US citizens: "This immediately raised the possibility of a diplomatic row between the United States and allied nations whose citizens were among those covered by the subpoena. They could argue that American laws were being used to stifle free communications between individuals who were not American citizens, and who were not in the United States at the time of the messages that were the target of the subpoena."

12:10  Need a break? With apt music pick for today, The Clash, "Clampdown." (h/t @littletompaine)  I guess we'll see if  "I Fought the Law" works—remember the second part, "and the law won." Too bad third song was not titled "Tweet in Vain. " Also, I would proudly like to point out that my daughter now lives in Brixton.

 
11:30  BBC correspondent: "If confidential details of overseas Twitter users are disclosed to the US authorities, how keen will an international audience be to trust this or other American social networks in future?"

10:50  The Guardian updates, with Assange statement, and puts at top of its home page.

10:35  Jim Sciutto of ABC News in London reports via Twitter: "Reacting to US subpoena of his and others Twitter accts, #Assange compares US to Iranian govt." And: "adds that if Iran did same 'human rts gps around the world would speak out'."

10:25  Marcy Wheeler at FDL on what US might really be after in Twitter records.

10:20  Note to DOJ: You can't stop me, you can't even contain me.

10:05  Worst headline of day from UPI: "Nasty rebound for ex-WikiLeak Woman."  That's the Iceland MP, by the way.

9:40  Iceland's Interior Minister weighs in on DOJ probe of country's MP, calling it "odd and grave." And here's another piece from Iceland news outlet, which also notes it is major story there. 

9:35 Glenn Greenwald tweets: "These obsessive, repressive leak investigations are occurring under a President who campaigned on transparency & whistle-blower protections." 

9:05  The Guardian focuses on calls for Google and Facebook to unseal subpoenas if they exist. Report cites "strong evidence that a US grand jury has begun a wideranging trawl for details of what networks and accounts WikiLeaks used to communicate with Bradley Manning.... The emergence of the subpoena appears to confirm for the first time the existence of a secret grand jury empanelled to investigate whether individuals associated with WikiLeaks, and Assange in particular, can be prosecuted for alleged conspiracy with Manning to steal the classified documents."

8:50  Jeff Jarvis tweets: "For the record: good on Twitter." Glenn Greenwald replies: "100%." 

 8:30  AP covers the story, here via NYT.  

8:20  No response from Google and Facebook yet on whether they got subpoenas. As Glenn Greenwald notes this morning, "the key question now is this: did other Internet and social network companies (Google, Facebook, etc.) receive similar Orders and then quietly comply? It's difficult to imagine why the DOJ would want information only from Twitter; if anything, given the limited information it has about users, Twitter would seem one of the least fruitful avenues to pursue.  But if other companies did receive and quietly comply with these orders, it will be a long time before we know, if we ever do, given the prohibition in these orders on disclosing even its existence to anyone."

7:40   More reaction via Twitter. Bianca Jagger:  "The #USGov demands the "right" to privacy, but when they want information, they obtain it by force: subpoena #WikiLeaks & its supporters."  Neal Mann of Sky News in the UK: "The #USGov demands the "right" to privacy, but when they want information, they obtain it by force: subpoena #WikiLeaks & its supporters."   

7:35  A CNN wrap-up piece. Wire services covering now as well.

7:25  The Icelandic MP, Birgitta Jonsdottir, at center of things tweets this morning: "Talked with the Icelandic minister of Justice - he is now looking into the case of demands of DoJ wanting my twitter details."

7:20 a.m.  One of those whose records are sought, Rop Gonggrijp, blogs about it and reprints full alert from "Twitter Legal."  Glenn Greenwald tweets: "The key question now is whether other companies besides Twitter received similar orders and quietly complied."  Evgeny Morozov adds:  "another Q is: did any members of Global Network Initiative silently comply with DoJ's request when Twitter (not in GNI) didn't?"

12:35  WikiLeaks official Twitter feed: "Note that we can assume Google & Facebook also have secret US government subpeonas. They make no comment. Did they fold?"

12:25  Glenn Greenwald with brief update: "Three other points: first, the three named producers of the'"Collateral Murder' video (left)—depicting and commenting on the U.S. Apache helicopter attack on journalists and civilians in Baghdad—were Assange, Jónsdóttir, and Gongrijp. Since Gongrijp has had no connection to WikiLeaks for several months and Jónsdóttir's association has diminished substantially over time, it seems clear that they were selected due to their involvement in the release of that film. Second, the unsealing order does not name either Assange or Manning, which means either that Twitter did not request permission to notify them of the Subpoena or that they did request it by the court denied it. Finally, WikiLeaks and Assange intend to contest the Subpoena served."

FRIDAY

11:45  Glenn Greenwald first with details of DOJ subpoena on the below—and the subpoena served on Twitter itself, along with some other names. Key: "The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope. It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the "means and source of payment," including banking records and credit cards.

BoingBoing summarizes subpoena and other stuff here.

11:30  Privacy Inc. reviews tonight's events in the DOJ / Twitter / WIkiLeaks arena. Meanwhile, Twitter issues statement: "It's our policy 2 notify users about law enforcement...requests for their information, unless...prevented by law."

11:00  Marcy Wheeler: "A note about the Wikileaks subpoena. They're investigating Assange as a Spy. Which means they could have—but didn't—use PATRIOT [Act] secrecy."

10:35  Official WikiLeaks twitter feed reveals: "There are many WikiLeaks supporters listed in the US Twitter subpoena."

10:25  Of the US DOJ going after Twitter info of Icelandic MP, Evgeny Morozov tweets: "If the Iranian govt asked for DMs of Iranian activists, State Dept would be all over this violation of "Internet freedom." Well, now we know that DM is really short for "dumb."

8:05  The Iceland MP talks to The Guardian: "Jonsdottir told the Guardian she was demanding a meeting with the US ambassador to Iceland. 'The justice department has gone completely over the top,' she said."

And now Jacob Appelbaum, recent visitor to Iceland, tweets: "Do not send me Direct Messages - My twitter account contents have apparently been invited to the (presumably-Grand Jury) in Alexandria." And: "To be directly clear - I hear that my account information has been subpoenaed."

7:55  Updates on the case of Iceland MP drawing interest from DOJ for past WikiLeaks association (see bunch of items below): Here are Birgitta Jonsdottir's latest tweets. "I have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong - i have no intention to hand my information over willingly to DoJ." "thank you ALL for your support, means a lot to me & the next steps in our fight for freedom of information, hoping to get legal advice soon." "if twitter hands over my information - then no ones information is save with twitter." Here's a new Wired story on this.

5:40  All sorts of key issues raised by the DOJ / Iceland MP / WikiLeaks case (see below), but one not to be overlook is: Will Twitter comply with DOJ probe? Already many tweeters calling for resistance. One Twitter wag @jm111t urges: "the Iceland justice department should demand all of Senator Joe Lieberman emails to retaliate!"

4:50  Note on the important DOJ vs. Iceland MP story below: Birgitta Jonsdottir was one of those WikiLeaks backers who— it's been widely reported—allegedly had a falling out with Assange. She was particularly active in the Collateral Murder video action. She even took him as her guest to a US Embassy party in Iceland. But she later was upset over Assange's handling of the Afghan war logs which emerged with some key names not redacted. She has since been interviewed by the BBC and U.S. news outlets as a WIkiLeaks dissident. On ABC last month she said she had argued for Assange to step aside as WikiLeaks leader while the sex crime case was ongoing.

But last April here she is in video coverage of her talk at Berkeley with Assange also. And from October, at PdF Europe.

4:35  Already an update on the below. Now she tweets: "The request for information from twitter is also for my personal information not just tweets. Calling the justice minister of Iceland now." And: "The request for my tweet information is from the US department of justice" And now: "department of justice are requesting twitter to provide the info - i got 10 days to stop it via legal process before twitter hands it over."

4:25  Not sure what to make of this but here goes: Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic parliament (she represents citizens movements), tweeted one hour ago: "just got this: Twitter has received legal process requesting information regarding your Twitter account in (relation to wikileaks)" Then "usa government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. do they realize i am a member of parliament in iceland?" Then: "i think i am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone..." And: "waiting for some legal advice before i will make this a foreign affairs issue."

 

 

 

 
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Friday DAYBOOK: Special Long-Weekend Edition!

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MORNING ROAST

Folks, due to extra work this morning, I have to cut this short today but return for more later and all weekend right here!

New jobs numbers released this morning: disappointing growth but  official unemployment down to 9.4 percent (of course, we all know real unemp much higher).

Gates swings:  If you can belive it, Pentagon seeking, or at least accepting, biggest cuts since 9/11. 

The exit of NPR's Ellen Weiss after probe of the Juan Williams case.

You've been warned: Rummy anyone? Don Rumsfeld to kick off publicity for his book on Feb. 7 in interview with Diane Sawyer.

Leaking, old style: ex-CIA officer busted at last after key leaks to reporter, reputedly James Risen of NYT.

Yes, I am live-blogging WIkiLeaks yet again for day #41, here.  A major NYT piece on U.S. warning hundreds abroad about alleged dangers posed by still unreleased cables. Massive number of items from yesterday here.

Bill Daley picked as new White House chief of staff, wants Dems on more "moderate" path. Labor may not be happy. Also, he opposed healthcare reform and new consumer agency. What, no Republicans available for the post? Well, if Dems get out of line, he can always call out the cops to bust a few heads, like his Dad.

TODAY's LAFF

What it's really like to be a Young Black Republican.

 

 

TODAY's MUSIC

World's greatest singer meets world's greatest songwriter.

 
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THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Friday, Day 41

As I've done for more than five 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. For more follow me on Twitter. Read about my latest book on wild, immensely influential election campaign  here.

UPDATE: For Saturday's edition of this blog with full coverage of the DOJ / Twitter / WIkiLeaks action, go here.

11:45  Glenn Greenwald first with details of DOJ subpoena on the below -- and the subpoena served on Twitter  itself, along with some other names.  Key:  "The information demanded by the DOJ is sweeping in scope.  It includes all mailing addresses and billing information known for the user, all connection records and session times, all IP addresses used to access Twitter, all known email accounts, as well as the "means and source of payment," including banking records and credit cards."

11:35  WikiLeaks twitter feed boasts: "New official Julian Assange defense fund ; let us see Paypal try to close this one down too! http://www.fsilaw.com/."  A few minutes later -- it's down. 

11:30  Privacy Inc. reviews tonight's events in the DOJ / Twitter / WIkiLeaks arena.  Meanwhile, Twitter issues statement:  "It's our policy 2 notify users about law enforcement...requests for their information, unless...prevented by law." 

11:00 Marcy Wheeler:   "A note about the Wikileaks subpoena. They're investigating Assange as a Spy. Which means they could have--but didn't--use PATRIOT [Act] secrecy."

10:45 NYT just corrected its error in claiming WikiLeaks had published over 250,000 cables not once, not twice, for three times!  But who's counting? 

10:35  Official WikiLeaks twitter feed reveals:  "There are many WikiLeaks supporters listed in the US Twitter subpoena."

10:25  Of the U.S. DOJ going after Twitter info of Icelandic MP, Evgeny Morozov tweets:  "If the Iranian govt asked for DMs of Iranian activists, State Dept would be all over this violation of "Internet freedom."   Well, now we know that DM is really short for "dumb."

8:05 The Iceland MP talks to The Guardian:  "Jonsdottir told the Guardian she was demanding a meeting with the US ambassador to Iceland. 'The justice department has gone completely over the top,' she said."

And now Jacob Appelbaum, recent visitor to Iceland,  tweets:  "Do not send me Direct Messages - My twitter account contents have apparently been invited to the (presumably-Grand Jury) in Alexandria."  And:  "To be directly clear - I hear that my account information has been subpoenaed."

7:55 Updates on the case of Iceland MP drawing interest from DOJ for past WikiLeaks association (see bunch of items below):  Here are Birgitta Jonsdottir's latest tweets. "I have nothing to hide and have done nothing wrong - i have no intention to hand my information over willingly to DoJ."  "thank you ALL for your support, means a lot to me & the next steps in our fight for freedom of information, hoping to get legal advice soon."  "if twitter hands over my information - then no ones information is save with twitter."   Here's a new Wired story on this.

6:20 Former Ambassador Carne Ross with important piece on "Uncomfortable Lessons from Reaction to WikiLeaks."  His call:  "Amid the sound and fury of the reaction to WikiLeaks, something is missing. Whether hostile or supportive, politicians and commentators on all sides have managed to miss the real point. The contents of the leaked cables should demand a deep reflection on our foreign policy. That this has not happened tells a sorry story about our very democracy."

5:40  All sorts of key issues raised by the DOJ / Iceland MP / WikiLeaks case (see below), but one not to be overlook is: Will Twitter comply with DOJ probe?  Already many tweeters calling for resistance.  One Twitter wag @jm111t urges: "the Iceland justice department should demand all of Senator Joe Lieberman emails to retaliate!"

4:50 Note on the important DOJ vs. Iceland MP story below:  Birgitta Jonsdottir was one of those WikiLeaks backers who -- it's been widely reported -- allegedly had a falling out with Assange.  She was particularly active in the Collateral Murder video action. She even took him as her guest to a U.S. Embassy party in Iceland.  But she later was upset over Assange's handling of the Afghan war logs which emerged with some key names not redacted. She has since been interviewed by the BBC and U.S. news outlets as a WIkiLeaks dissident.  On ABC last month she said she had argued for Assange to step aside as WikiLeaks leader while the sex crime case was ongoing.

But last April here she is in video coverage of her talk at Berkeley with Assange also.   And from October, at PdF Europe.

4:35 Already an update on the below.  Now she tweets"The request for information from twitter is also for my personal information not just tweets. Calling the justice minister of Iceland now."  And:  "The request for my tweet information is from the US department of justice"   And now:  "department of justice are requesting twitter to provide the info - i got 10 days to stop it via legal process before twitter hands it over."

4:25 Not sure what to make of this but here goes: Birgitta Jonsdottir, a member of the Icelandic  parliament (she represents citizens movements), tweeted one hour ago:  "just got this: Twitter has received legal process requesting information regarding your Twitter account in (relation to wikileaks)"   Then  "usa government wants to know about all my tweets and more since november 1st 2009. do they realize i am a member of parliament in iceland?"   Then:   "i think i am being given a message, almost like someone breathing in a phone..."  And:  "waiting for some legal advice before i will make this a foreign affairs issue."

3:05  It appears that the WikiLeaks book with the surprising subtitle (as I noted last night)  "The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks" by the Guardian staff has suddenly disappeared from the Amazon UK site...

2:45  WL Central continues to carry listings of all WIkiLeaks-related protests around the world, including "flash mobs."  Big turnout expected at next Assange hearing at court in London next Tuesday,  

12:55 Craig Silverman, longtime ace at his Regret the Error site in spotting and posting media mistakes and corrections, arrives with first lengthy, complete piece at CJR on news outlets getting wrong the number of cables WikiLeaks has actually published.

12:45  Hold yoiur breath: CNBC suggests WikiLeaks on verge of releasing its big bank treasure trove.  The reason? As others have noted, they have not published a new cable since January 4, meaning they might be occupied with new matters.  Doesn't necessarily follow, but... "I do not think it's a stretch to expect something big to follow Wikileaks' silence. They published new documents when Assange was arrested. There was a release on Christmas eve and Christmas day. They didn't rest on New Year's eve or New Year's day.  And now we've had three days of silence. Something is coming."

12:40  Ha: friend answers my query below about guessing who might be hired as Assange's co-author. "That's easy.  It'll be Bob Woodward because he can fill in all the secrets Assange doesn't know. ".

12:30  Project on Government Oversight: "How a Red Herring About WikiLeaks Killed Whistleblower Protections."

11:45  The Guardian's revived WIki blog just noted that it is checking on who might be Assange's co-writer or ghostwriter or helped on his memoir, which needs to be finished soonest now that they've set April pub date.  Well, we can rule out: NIck Davies, John Burns, and Sarah Ellison.  Who else? 

11:20  Harry Shearer tweets: "NYT: 'The State Department said it had combed through a majority of the quarter-million cables.'  State knows all cables WL has?"

10:40  The Wrap on Assange memoir getting moved up (see below): Because he needs money earlier for legal fees?   Pub fears he will be in jail soon or flee? 

10:00  Now Alexi Mostrous, the fine Times of London reporter, tweets that thesubtitle of that Guardian book (as I noted last night) is  NOT  "The Rise and Fall"  -- and where it "came from remains mystery." 

9:50  Dan Ellsberg tweets:  "No US law could criminalize WikiLeaks / Assange that wouldn’t apply exactly to publisher of @nytimes or to Bob Woodward."  Also, he seems to deleted his recent tweet on Assange and sex charges. 

9:15  Salon:  Victim of IRA bombing slams Rep. Peter King, who had backed IRA -- after getting angry over King labeling Assange a terrorist.   And in Huff Post piece he says King "unfit" to chair Homeland Security committee.

8:50  The Guardian has details on that Assange book deal.  Publication moved up to April in UK.  Assange:  "I hope this book will become one of the unifying documents of our generation. In this highly personal work, I explain our global struggle to force a new relationship between the people and their governments."

8:45  NPR: U.S. ambassador to the Vatican says our relationship not undermined by WikiLeaks revelations on church abuse coverup and anti-Semitism.

8:35 What's with the Brits? First there was the (disputed, see below) subtitle of upcoming Guardian book, "The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks."  Now a BBC report with same title.

8:05 Andy Worthington on Gitmo and prisoner files -- remember, Assange apparently has said he has them and may release.  (h/t @Asher_Wolf)

7:50  Ian Katz, deputy editor of The Guardian, tweets me re: upcoming WikiLeaks book (see below)  from the paper:  "Guardian book title listed by Amazon was wrong. Not sure where it came from."  But it also appears at another book site, possibly more. 

7:40  A Knight Fellow interviewed at Council on Foreign Relations site on WikiLeaks and future of journalism.

7:30  What WikiLeaks reveal about production of opium in today's Afghanistan--actually outstrips global demand for heroin.

12:15  Evgeny Morozov in New Republic promotes "WikiLeaks Rehab," or how to save "the movement" from Assange. "Indeed, it’s not in the realms of diplomacy or even government secrecy where Wikileaks could have its biggest impact. If the organization wants to leave a positive imprint on the world, it should turn to a different mission entirely: forcing the general public to re-examine some of the organizing assumptions behind today’s Internet."

12:05 a.m.    Big NYT story tonight:  U.S. warning, or even moving, a few hundred people, from officials to activists,  it claims may be in danger due to be named in cables.  But "Administration officials said they were not aware of anyone who has been attacked or imprisoned as a direct result of information in the 2,700 cables that have been made public to date." 

The State Department  "is mainly concerned about the cables that have yet to be published or posted on Web sites — nearly 99 percent of the archive of 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks. With cables continuing to trickle out, they said, protecting those identified will be a complex, delicate and long-term undertaking. The State Department said it had combed through a majority of the quarter-million cables and distributed many to embassies for review by diplomats there."

From late Thursday

I noted yesterday upcoming book from The Guardian called "The End of Secrecy" with surprising subtitle, "The Rise and Fall of Wikileaks."  It's on sale for February at Amazon on both U.S. and U.K. sites and now I've found it at another but with more distant pub date.  Anyone have any idea why they would declare "fall"

 Michael Gerson of Wash Post with hysterical attack on Assange based on the Zimbadwe cables -- the results of which much in dispute by others.  Gerson writes:   "Assange has chosen the side of Mugabe, apparently without regret. He has provided ammunition to a tyrant as surely as if he were an arms dealer. And he calls America an enemy of democracy."

MSNBC.com: Protests Mount Over Treatment of Manning.

Is the latest WikiLeaks doc dump did nothing but bring full Ambassador April Glaspie 1990 memo out it would be valuable.  Foreign Policy explains why.  "... on the charge that she could have deterred Saddam from invading Kuwait by using sterner language during that much-debated meeting, she is certainly innocent."

Leaking, old school: Ex-CIA officer indicted today for leaking to reporter in 2002.  Reporter sounds like he is James Risen of NYT.  Good background by  Jack Shafer.

 
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Thursday DAYBOOK: A Boehner Day, Afghan War Mistakes, Alec Baldwin for Senator?, Johnny Cash, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com.

MORNING ROAST

The Daley Whoa, or is that D'oh?   Bill Daley picked as new White House chief of staff,  wants Dems on more "moderate" path.  Labor may not be happy.  Also, he opposed health care reform and new consumer agency.  What, no Republicans available for the post?  Well, if Dems get out of line, he can always call out the cops to bust a few heads, like his Dad.

Greg Sargent has a dozen key links on GOP takeover of House yesterday, Dem reaction, prospects, Tea Party hopes and more. ...Barney Frank on Countdown last night already speaking frankly, calling GOPers "liars" and "hypocrisy" and Chico Marxists.

Nir Rosen on America making same errors in Afghanistan as Iraq.

Alec Baldwin on Parker-Spitzer talked about wanting to run for office, perhaps, some time, somewhere.

A wild WikiLeaks day yesterday , you can catch up at my blog, dozens of items (and Assange as Bieber). And now here's today's edition with full report on the big Vanity Fair piece on Assange and The Guardian, and many links of reaction to it.

Washington Monthly probe: Has racial peace broken out in New Orleans -- under new white mayor?

SOLID OCHS I've done another piece on Phil Ochs flick--and his brother and director on Democracy Now today.

WHEELER CASE Spooky surveillance tape of murder victim John Wheeler wandering around with one shoe off day before he died. Death of former Bush adviser still great mystery, especially with arson at neighbor's house and more.

NETWORKING RACISM Ex-newswoman Carole Simpson reveals racism at networks, fried chicken jokes, producer who called her a slut...

MEETS TWAIN Tina Fey recently said in accepting Twain prize: she expects that in 100 years some of HER stuff will also be considered "mildly racist." ... And Stephen Colbert tweets: "It's great that they took the N-word out of Huckleberry Finn. Now get to work on Moby D-Word." And D-word Tracy, too?

GREAT SCOTT What about Scott McClellan as new press secretary ? He knows how to play the press and he found them to be total tools and saps on Iraq.

MICHELLE NOT OUR BELLE Lizz Winstead tweets: "Stop freaking out about Bachmann running for president. The rapture is happening May 21st."

ISSA DONE YET? Econ blogger Barry Ritholtz rips Rep. Issa for sending letters to business interests asking which regulations they'd like cut. "Whoring."

TODAY's MUSIC

For John Boehner: Johnny Cash's classic "Cry Cry Cry," and actually some of the lyrics may be apt.

TODAY's LAFF

Colbert last night on the Huck FInn controversy.

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Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views for Thursday, Day 40!

As I've done for more than five 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. For more follow me on Twitter. Read about my latest book on wild, immensely influential election campaign  here.

UPDATE:  Check out Friday edition of this blog here.

11:20  Big NYT story tonight:  U.S. warning, or even moving, a few hundred people, from officials to activists,  it claims may be in danger due to be named in cables.  But "Administration officials said they were not aware of anyone who has been attacked or imprisoned as a direct result of information in the 2,700 cables that have been made public to date." 

The State Department  "is mainly concerned about the cables that have yet to be published or posted on Web sites — nearly 99 percent of the archive of 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks. With cables continuing to trickle out, they said, protecting those identified will be a complex, delicate and long-term undertaking. The State Department said it had combed through a majority of the quarter-million cables and distributed many to embassies for review by diplomats there"

9:40 I noted down below upcoming book from The Guardian called "The End of Secrecy" with surprising subtitle, "The Rise and Fall of Wikileaks."  It's on sale for February at Amazon on both U.S. and U.K. sites and now I've found it at another but with more distant pub date.  Anyone have any idea why they would declare "fall"? 

8:20  Right-wing Michael Gerson of Wash Post with hysterical attack on Assange based on the Zimbadwe cables -- the results of which much in dispute by others.  Gerson writes:   "Assange has chosen the side of Mugabe, apparently without regret. He has provided ammunition to a tyrant as surely as if he were an arms dealer. And he calls America an enemy of democracy."

8:00 MSNBC.com: Protests Mount Over Treatment of Manning.

8:15  Is the latest WikiLeaks doc dump did nothing but bring full Ambassador April Glaspie 1990 memo out it would be valuable.  Foreign Policy explains why.  "... on the charge that she could have deterred Saddam from invading Kuwait by using sterner language during that much-debated meeting, she is certainly innocent."

6:15  Wow, leave it to the Norway paper Aftenposten to finally settle this silly matter.  First, hats off to them for picking up ball dropped by The Guardian -- taking requests from readers to search the 250,000 cables for everything on one specific, perhaps, esoteric, issue.  I've mentioned before that UFO fans have had a field day for over a month,  ever since Assange in an interview said offhandedly, yeah, there are some UFO references in the cables.  Since then, rumors (in that crowd) have run rampant.  So Aftenposten searched and found...exactly 16 mentions.  Love this: Some simply referred to organizations with names abbreviated as UFO.  Others were completely trivial.  

5:55 Not sure what to make of this, as title would be quite revealing.  Amazon.com now lists  as a forthcoming title, for Feb. 11, 2011, a book titled "The End of Secrecy:  The Rise and Fall of WikiLeaks." Okay, no big surprise that a semi-instant book will be coming out.  The surprise is the listed author: "The Guardian."  The UK Amazon site has further details that will be published by Guardian Books and runs 224 pages.  One has to wonder about the "Fall" part, especially in wake of friction with Assange, as shown most recently in new Vanity Fair article.

5:10  Head of Center for Constitutional Rights in NYC on "WikiLeaks and Democracy" -- also hits Floyd Abrams and others who have claimed leaks show no wrongdoing by USA.

3:30  Leaking, old school: Ex-CIA officer indicted today for leaking to reporter in 2002.  Reporter sounds like he is James Risen of NYT.  Good background by  Jack Shafer.

3:15 Now Bianca Jagger responds to Nick Davies' response to her response to Assange "trial by newspaper."   Concludes: "As I stated previously, it is my hope that justice will be served in the British judicial system. In the meantime, I hope readers will have the insight to suspend judgment until all evidence is available. Julian Assange is innocent until proven guilty. "  We are ready to cover his response.

1:15  There's a journalist on Twitter from the Norwegian paper Aftenposten that has been posting so many cables from its own cache.  He's @jfuruly.   Just now he tweeted:  "Aftenposten news editor's computer hacked," with this link: http://bit.ly/gA0jI9  Unfortunately, not yet translated....

1:10  Local WikiLeaks?  BBC:  A French regional council suspended a computer engineer after he leaked stuff.  

1:05  Henry Farrell post says Vanity Fair piece reveals how surprisingly vulnerable WikiLeaks may be to official crackdown -- Assange role, far-flung, need for money, and so forth.

12:40  Computer World:  U.S. government crackdown on Wiki leaks more like CIA paranoid mentality.

11:40  Wash Post writer David Cole with spoof, saying he got via WikiLeaks copy of new Conservative U.S. Constitution.  "We, the Real Americans, in order to form a more God-Fearing Union, establish Justice as we see it, Defeat Health-Care Reform, and Preserve and Protect our Property, our Guns and our Right Not to Pay Taxes, do ordain and establish...." 

11:35  New from The Guardian:  cables show U.S. and Japan in whaling "plot":  Japan would cut its whaling and  U.S. would help crack down on anti-whaling activists.

11:15  On Twitter, @sneakerseminole claimed that I deserve Pulitzer for 40 days of raining down Wiki items.  I had to remind him that, thanks,  but remember that Judy Miller has won a couple.

11:05  New Forbes piece on Anonymous plans for hacking other government sites after the Tunisia attack.  “We have the capacity to eliminate the infrastructures of any and all government sites on our watchlist,” says Topiary.

10:55  From Australia comes report on new cable claiming China's military spending way beyond what they've announced, amounting to big buildup.

10:50  Latest hit on Naomi Wolf's Guardian piece which advocated releasing names of those charging rape.

10:35  Haaretz covers discovery that access to many political sites blocks at Israel's main airport.  No mention of WikiLeaks, though.

10:25  AP has now caught up to report (below) on Israeli corruption at Gaza entry point involving .... Coca Cola deliveries. This is now top story on the Haaretz site.

10:20  Love David Carr but his take on Vanity Fair piece adds nothing.

10:15  Video chat with Jessica Valenti and Jaclyn Friedman on fallout from Assange sex crime charges.

9:30  Amazing: In interview with Texas Tribune, key Democratic Rep. Silvestre Reyes hits WikiLeaks and
"catastrophic" damage it may cause, and then is challenged on public's right to know what government is doing.  His reason for secrecy? He compares it to a man and wife in their bedroom. "Governments have the same kind of privacy expectations."   Apparently while they are fucking us. 

9:25  Alex Cockburn: Why Bradley Manning is Fighting for his Sanity.

9:20  Global Post with new report on OpenLeaks and efforts by the two former Assange allies.

9:05  More from Norway paper Afternposten, including alleged Israel corruption involving Coca Cola trucks at an entry point into Gaza.   Plus, further down the page at the Guardian link above, you will find  Assange in brief interview saying he now considers that paper (which got its own leak) a "partner."   But editor of the paper fully denies.

8:35 Fun photo and caption of Assange showing up at police station wearing socks but no shoes.  (h/t @Asher_Wolf)   

8:30  Nicholas Jackson at The Atlantic wants The Guardian to now release all the cables itself since it is no longer bound by Assange Rules.  Boing Boing mocks Vanity Fair writer for claiming Assange has "no standards at all."  Some insiders claims really nothing new in VF piece, "over-hyped."

8:10  Interesting: Heather Brooke, who figures in the Vanity Fair piece in a key way (she matched a WikiLeaks leak), tweets:  "Vanity Fair article was originally about Guardian then wikileaks  happened. Shoe-horned two articles into one. Hence all the Guardian guff."

8:05:  My full report on the Vanity Fair article below.  But  Wired's take on the  piece finds a key nugget on Bradley Manning and the rumored records on Gitmo prisoners that, rumor has it, will emerge soon.  And here's review by Jack Shafer at Slate.  Plus The Guardian's own media critic Roy Greenslade summarizes here.  

7:35  Vanity Fair chief Graydon Carter has a lengthy editor's note on the WikiLeaks article (see below), with plenty of criticism of its subject:  "Though its mission is transparency, it operates in great secrecy and believes that its only duty is to put anything and everything into public view, letting the chips fall where they may—almost a Darwinian approach to information. Assange, too, embodies his organization: subversive, fickle, abrasive, and doctrinaire, with an element of showy drama."

12:25  VF article trails off at end, does not provide any news or insight on how Assange and Guardian worked out timing and coordination with other news outlets.  Also misses the recent angry Assange response to Davies and The Guardian going with a leaked police report on his sex crime case. 

12:20  Some parts of VF article look at critique of Assange from within group, his focus on "stopping" the U.S. wars a key.  David Leigh, The Guardian's investigative chief, offers:  “Julian is staking everything on this terrific throw of the dice—that he can become the man who single-handedly rocks the U.S. administration back on its heels, and this will catapult him into making it all work again.”  But  "compared with others in his world of Internet provocateurs, Assange is almost a traditionalist—one of the few of his kind willing to work with the mainstream press and conform, at least fleetingly, to some of their standards."

12:15 Key VF  graf:   "In October, while The Guardian was preparing to publish the Iraq War Logs and working on package three, Heather Brooke, a British freelance journalist who had written a book on freedom of information, had a copy of the package-three database leaked to her by a former WikiLeaks volunteer. Leigh shrewdly invited Brooke to join the Guardian team. He did not want her taking the story to another paper. Furthermore, by securing the same database from a source other than Assange, The Guardian might then be free of its promise to wait for Assange’s green light to publish. Leigh got the documents from Brooke, and the paper distributed them to Der Spiegel and The New York Times. The three news organizations were poised to publish the material on November 8.

"That was when Assange stormed into Rusbridger’s office, threatening to sue. Rusbridger, Leigh, and the editors from Der Spiegel spent a marathon session with Assange, his lawyer, and Hrafnsson, eventually restoring an uneasy calm. Some in the Guardian camp had wanted to break off relations with Assange entirely." 

Much of first half of article looks at history of The Guardian, and then its early dealings with Assange last year, role of Nick Davies (before the falling out with Assange), intrigue over Afghan war logs. Assange split with Davies started when he gave those Afghan docs to a UK TV station and they haven't talked since. Assange actually worked at Guardian offices for awhile.  Then more intrigue over Iraq logs and amount of redaction. 

12:08:  VF piece after noting Assange threatens to sue paper:  "The Guardian, like other media outlets, would come to see Assange as someone to be handled with kid gloves, or perhaps latex ones—too alluring to ignore, too tainted to unequivocally embrace. Assange would come to see the mainstream media as a tool to be used and discarded, and at all times treated with suspicion."

12:05 a.m.   Vanity Fair just posted its Assange probe and The Guardian "bargain."  Opens:  "The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Web’s notorious information anarchist, and some of the world’s most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper. What followed was a clash of civilizations—and ambitions—as Guardian editors and their colleagues at The New York Times and other media outlets struggled to corral a whistle-blowing stampede amid growing distrust and anger. With Assange detained in the U.K., the author reveals the story behind the headlines."

Here's Wednesday's complete editon of this live-blog.

From late yesterday

Another victory in this fight: Guardian  tonight corrected its claim that WIkiLeaks itself had published 250,000 cables. Who's next? 

Boing Boing with fun takeoff  (see left) on Bieber beating out Assange for cover of Vanity Fair.

Andrew Sullivan's take on that new cable on Israel wanting to keep Gaza "on the brink."

Fast Company asks key question:  In the new post-Cablegate  fed crackdown on  "suspicious" employees is it asking staffers "to be spies"? 

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Phil Ochs Film Opens Today, Democracy Now! With Interviews Tomorrow

Tonight, in New York City at the IFC theater, a new documentary about folk singer/political activist will open. Directed by Kenneth Bowser, it's titled, after one of his greatest songs, "Phil Ochs: There But For Forture," and it will debut in at last nine other cities between now and March. I've screened it, and it's quite excellent, with commentary by, among others, Sean Penn, Tom Hayden, Joan Baez, Christopher Hitchens, Bill Bragg, Paul Krassner and Peter Yarrow.

There's plenty of music, of course, from "I Ain't A-Marchin' Anymore" to one of my favorites, "Tape From California," but it is also relentlessly political, like Phil. It also does not shy away from the drinking and bi-polar horrors of his final years, culminating in his death by hanging at the age of 35 in 1976.

Thursday morning, Democracy Now! will feature interviews with the director and with Phil's brother Michael Ochs. The New York Times reviewed the film today.

When I previewed all of this here a few days ago, I promised I would later write about my own experiences with Phil. As senior editor at Crawdaddy magazine, I happened to meet and hang out a bit with Phil for a couple of years in the early to mid-1970s, mainly during his less manic periods. Before that, in August of 1968, I had rubbed shoulders with him at the infamous Democratic convention protests in Chicago. Like me, he had campaigned for Eugene McCarthy and ended up in the streets (as the movie makes clear), and sang for the bloodied protestors after the ultimate "police riot," a night I'll never forget.

When Phil went to Chile to get a look at the Allende reforms, one of my best friends, Stew Albert, went with him, and Stew later wrote a major piece for Crawdaddy on the trip and getting close to the Chilean folk singer Victor Jara. Of course, Jara was later seized during the Pinochet coup, tortured, and killed, and this had a devastating impact on Phil (again, nicely shown in the film).

Whenever I chatted with Phil, he was courteous, fun and still quoting liberally, so to speak, from the day's newspapers. Unfortunately, he had severe writer's block and was drinking heavily, which somehow did not top him from organizing a very successful benefit for Chile and the "War Is Over" rally in Central Park. I also spent some time with him when he was singing for Ramsey Clark in his race for the U.S. Senate. The one time I saw him during his "Phil Ochs is dead, I am John Train" period he was getting tossed out of a party at William Kunster's home after he started swinging a golf club over his head.

When Crawdaddy expired in 1979, Michael Ochs, a noted photo archivist, bought our complete collection.

Well, I had intended to write more, but I think I should leave it there, it's a bit painful, and I plan to interview director Bowser about the film later this week.

For now, links to the web site for the film and the recent New York Times piece and (below) the trailer, and beneath that, "Tape from California" and "Here's to the State of Richard Nixon."

 

Wednesday DAYBOOK: 'Death Panel' Rule Changed, Mark Twain Revised, 'Huff Post' Defended, Groban Does Kanye, More

WELCOME TO DAYBOOK, our daily collection of media and politics hits/misses plus fun videos and (at the bottom) a music pick. Return for updates. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com.

MORNING ROAST

Birthright citizenship fight looms as next battle on immigration.

Publisher announces new edition of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" will replace word "nigger" (which appears 219 times) with "slave." 

As "death panel" chant starts to grow again, Obama revises new healthcare Medicare rule to stem (unfair) protest.

New cable via Norway paper's WikiLeaks cache: Israel told US in 1968 that it would keep Gaza "in a state of collapse." 

The new Vanity Fair with Justin Bieber on the cover has a big Assange article but also a probe of Huff Post's founding—two are suing over it—and here is Huff Post response today:  "It’s a great story—if you read it backwards.  At the end of the article, the writer takes apart Boyce and Daou’s case piece by piece, leaving it in tatters—and rendering everything that has come before it pointless. The only question is, why, when the writer’s own reporting makes it clear that there is no there there, Vanity Fair not only went ahead and published this nonstory but decided to promote it on the cover? The proper response would have been to kill it.  And, as we’ve said before, it defies reason and human nature, if they really believed they had created the Huffington Post, that they would wait six years before speaking up. At some point over the last 72 months, they would have contacted us to complain or asked us to credit them somewhere on the site or insisted on getting stock. Something. Anything! But they didn’t, because they know that they have absolutely no claim to ownership."

Econ blogger Barry Ritholtz rips Rep. Issa for sending letters to business interests asking which regulations they'd like cut. "Whoring." 

WIKILEAKS NOW—AND FOREVER?  Yes, I'm still live-blogging WikiLeaks today, now in day 39. I guess someone's gotta do it.  Yesterday's edition here. Some highlights from early today: First US diplomatic casualty of cablegate may be our ambassador to Libya—recalled after that "voluptuous nurse" memo... BBC reports:   "The White House is telling US agencies to create 'insider threat' programmes to ferret out disgruntled workers who may leak state secrets, reports say. The move follows the leaking of thousands of secret US cables to the whistle-blowing website Wikileaks. An 11-page memo by US intelligence officials detailing the advice has been published by US broadcaster NBC."

THERE HE GOES AGAIN  NYT editorial slams Justice Scalia for statement on women not covered by certain key non-discrimination notion.

FREED AT LAST After thirty years in TX prison for a crime he didn't commit, Cornelius Dupree to be cleared Tuesday.

TODAY's LAFF

Josh Groban sings Kanye West's.... tweets.

 

TODAY's MUSIC

Good report today of first Robbie Robertson album in thirteen years, with Tom Morello. But Gerry Rafferty of "Stuck in the Middle With You" (with Stealer's Wheel) died yesterday in the UK at age 63. Here is his top solo hit, "Baker Street." 

 

 

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