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THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG for Wednesday, Day 39

As I've done for the previous 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:  Here's Thursday's blog. 

11:15  Andrew Sullivan's take on that new cable on Israel wanting to keep Gaza "on the brink."

7:25 Another victory in this fight: Guardian  tonight corrected its claim that WIkiLeaks itself had published 250,000 cables. Who's next? 

7:20 Fast Company asks key question:  In the new post-Cablegate  fed crackdown on  "suspicious" employees is it asking staffers "to be spies"?  And:  "....the sections on preventing unauthorized employee disclosures and personnel security seem designed more for the CIA and NSA than, perhaps, the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the Department of Education."

7:10  Irish Times:  new cable spotlights strange case of slain Irish mercenary in... Bolivia.

5:35  Boston Phoenix:  Beyond Espionage: 4 Ways U.S. can prosecute Assange.  

4:45  Boing Boing with fun takeoff  (see left) on Bieber beating out Assange for cover of Vanity Fair.

4:35 When U.S. military blocked access to WikiLeaks material in December, one aspect got too little attention: The newspaper Star & Stripes was covered by the ban.   It's ombudsman wrote a column about it, feeling that the paper had not been open enough with its readers about the restraints.  It got spiked and he feared that he'd lost the key ombud ability to freely critique the paper. Now, he  reviews the action and how he declared and apparently won his "independence."  

4:25  At Counterpunch,  Israel Shamir, who is connected to, or accredited by (or something), the folks at WikiLeaks, blasts Guardian, getting headstart on Vanity Fair piece coming at midnight tonite.

3:30  Motley Fool issues warnings on three stocks imperiled by WikiLeaks:  BOA, of course, and Boeing (have you been paying attention?) and Monsanto (the genetic engineering flap).

2:50  Another Naomi Wolf piece sure to provoke debate (we'll follow it here, of course, as always):  Assange's "sex crime accusers deserve to be named."   In short, keeping names private "is bad law and bad policy. Motivated by good intentions, the outcome harms women. The convention of shielding rape accusers is a relic of the Victorian era, when rape and other sex crimes were being codified in what descended to us as modern law.....Top-level political pressure and virulent public opprobrium – inflamed and enabled by anonymous accusations – can grossly distort legal process."   Already bunch of Comments below her piece at The Guardian.

1:50  "Pirates" have been involved for awhile, and now there's a treasure hunting angle:  "Sunken treasure-hunting company Odyssey Marine of Tampa on Wednesday formally asked a federal court to kick the United States out of a legal dispute Odyssey is having with Spain over a half billion dollars in silver and gold that Odyssey found on the ocean floor in 2007. The reason: Recent diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks that suggest that U.S. ambassadors offered special help – not to U.S.-based Odyssey – but to Spain in exchange for help returning to a U.S. citizen a French painting that Nazis had confiscated in World War II that now hangs in a museum in Madrid."

1:00 CNN confirms strong warning to Assange for being tardy at police check-in -- could be arrested if happens again.

12:10  Tech Crunch:  New service "Flattr" rolls out direct donations -- could be big help for WikiLeaks. "It also paves the way for Flattr to migrate further towards the holy grail of peer-to-peer payments (think: mobile phone as wallet) in which handing over cash digitally becomes as easy, if not easier than it is physically."

11:40  Now AP tackles cable revelation of Israel wanting to bring Gaza to "brink of collapse" -- with Israel refusing comment.  Not beyond wire service reports in Haaretz so far.

11:35  Interest in WkiLeaks and related issues obviously not abating --  my three blogs this week now occupy three of the top four "most popular" slots at the Nation site.  Thanks for your interest!

11:25  Mike Calderone of Yahoo! sent me this tweet re: the item below:  Vanity Fair's WikiLeaks piece goes online at midnight (like HuffPost one last night!)."

10:55  Vanity Fair still hasn't posted Assange article in new issue but added another teaser for story: "The Man Who Spilled the Secrets For his WikiLeaks bombshells to land with maximum force, Julian Assange needed the mainstream media. Sarah Ellison reports on the Faustian pact between Assange and Britain’s leading investigative paper."

10:45 With today's release of that cable on Israel wanting Gaza to exist at lowest level possible (see below),  I guess can put to rest theory that there is little embarrassing for Israel in the cables.  Though this one came out of Norway paper, not NYT.

10:25 Democracy Now! today:    Dr. Atul Gawande on Manning and solitary confinement as "torture."  He says, "People experience solitary confinement as even more damaging than physical torture." 

9:55 The Guardian updates what we reported earlier:  "Norway's Dagens Næringsliv is reporting that Assange arrived late for his daily police check-in yesterday evening and Beccles police station had to be kept open 25 minutes after its 5pm closing time. Anne-Marie Breach, a spokeswoman for Suffolk police, said Assange was told he must adhere to his bail conditions (which were to be at the station at any time between 2 and 5pm daily) and incident had been reported to Norfolk police. He was warned that further action may be taken, which could see him referred to court, if he was late again."

9:50  Security experts at McAfee predict: 2011 will be the Year of the Hacker.

9:05  New cable via Norway paper: Israel told U.S. in 1968 that it would keep Gaza "in a state of collapse." 

8:50  Hallelujah!  The Guardian returns to a daily blog on WIkiLeaks, or what it calls a "rolling update" of news -- and media coverage.

8:40  Unconfirmed reports that Assange was late for his daily police check-in and has received stern warning. 

8:20  Not WikiLeaks, but since I noted below new Vanity Fair with big Assange article also has a  probe of Huff Post's founding,  here is Huff Post response:  "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."

8:10   For ongoing coverage, in English,  of all of those cables being published by Norwegian paper go here.

8:05  Holiday email from White House was...a fake, "a ruse by cybercriminals to steal documents and other data from law enforcement, military and government workers — particularly those involved in computer crime investigations." 

8:00   In contrast to U.S.,  59% of Australians support WikiLeaks' release of diplomatic cables,  25% oppose. 

7:55  BBC:  "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."

 7:35  Vanity Fair about to roll out their big piece on Assange promised on cover line of their still unseen Justin Bieber issue (along with probe of Huff Post).  Here's how The Atlantic online just put it:  "Sarah Ellison, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who penned the definitive book on Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the paper, is responsible for the story on WikiLeaks. It will be 'the twisted inside story of how Julian Assange spilled the government's biggest secrets,'  the cover promises."   But note:  VF did post, after midnight, major probe of charges by two that Arianna Huffington stole idea for her site from them, but no WikiLeaks story yet.

7:25  Sady Doyle on Bradley Manning: "Let’s start with the most important thing, something simple: Bradley Manning is accused of trying really, really hard to do the right thing."

From late yesterday

First U.S. diplomatic casualty of cablegate may be our ambassador to Libya -- recalled after that "voluptuous nurse" memo.

New interactive map at El Pais for their burgeoning number of published cables, now over 1000.

Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views, for Day 38

As I've done for the previous 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 here

UPDATE   See Wednesday edition on this blog here.

11:35  Vanity Fair about to roll out their big piece on Assange promised on cover line of their still unseen Justin Bieber issue.  Here's how The Atlantic online just put it:  "Sarah Ellison, a former Wall Street Journal reporter who penned the definitive book on Rupert Murdoch's takeover of the paper, is responsible for the story on WikiLeaks. It will be 'the twisted inside story of how Julian Assange spilled the government's biggest secrets,'  the cover promises." 

11:25  Sady Doyle on Bradley Manning: "Let’s start with the most important thing, something simple: Bradley Manning is accused of trying really, really hard to do the right thing."

11:20  First U.S. diplomatic casualty of cablegate may be our ambassador to Libya -- recalled after that "voluptuous nurse" memo.

11:00 New interactive map at El Pais for their burgeoning number of published cables, now over 1000.

3:35  Sorry, folks, you're on your own, I'm exiting for NYC for a few hours, see you later tonight.

3:30  Bloomberg: FBI steps up probes of Operation Payback ops in U.S. vs. PayPal, Amazon etc.

3:10  Former ambassador Carne Ross tweets:  "One #wikileaks cable released 2day, only 1999 so far - is flow drying up? Guardian told me vast majority of 250k cables unclassfied."

3:00 We've covered or linked to cable stories coming out from the Norwegian paper Aftenposten but here is the page they have collecting everything.

2:05  Wild Forbes blog post on Anonymous video seeking support.  Claims they are anti-American -- but using good old American approach. "They want everyone to sign on to their cause without doing much, or without knowing any of the details of the actual political agenda. Outrage, and no personal responsibility, seems to be enough. Sad to say, this is a pretty good marker of the current political mentality in much of America, no matter what the political orientation.....They may hurt the state, but they are promoting many of its most important ideals. Maybe the government will thank them, after they lock them up."

1:25  Dan Ellsberg tweets:  Sex charges against Assange are grave, but having heard his account personally, I believe they're false and slanderous."  Numerous people respond on Twitter: But you've only heard one side of the story.

12:30  Judy Miller responds to criticism of her hypocritical ripping of Assange (and her writing for Newsmax). More laughs: "If anybody bothered to read the Iraq war stories they're now so busy criticizing, they would see that Julian Assange and I were involved in very different kinds of journalism. They are not morally equivalent. While we both sought to publicize official secrets, I and my co-authors spent enormous time trying to verify the secret government reports and other WMD-related stories we published."

12:25 Mother Jones writer points out that articles this week on Bank of America efforts to combat WikiLeaks forgot about its earlier buying up of domain names such as BrianMoynihanSucks etc.

12:05  The valuable WikiRiver site gets a facelift and it's very nice but I must immodestly point out that I always have nearly everything useful that they have, and you'll find a couple dozen more items here at my blog every day than over there.

11:35  Glenn Greenwald tweets:  "FT to correct its false WL claim - http://is.gd/k5KDd - after a reader complained: these kinds of reader efforts can work."  Was another case of reporting as fact WikiLeaks publishing 250,000 cables. 

11:30  Toronto Star gets a kick out of Canada getting mentioned in new Wiki cable -- in relation to soccer game and corrupt referee.... Eh? 

10:50  Lengthy essay by Marvin Ammori on why U.S. should not prosecute Assange -- for sake of U.S. and the press, not Assange.  But: at first, "I thought that if a case could be made against Assange, one should be made."  See why he changed his mind.

9:55 Glenn Greenwald hits NYT's John Burns over his quotes in that fine New Yorker piece on media hyping fall of Saddam's statue. 00 and connects to Burns' writings about Assange.

9:30 Interesting interview with editor of that Norwegian paper, Afternposten, that somehow got the entire cache of Wiki cables and has been posting for past couple weeks. She's surprised that Assange, the master leaker, is mad at them for getting leak and publishing. But her remarks in print also sparked response from The Guardian on who decides to publish cables.

9:10 Army announces Bradley Manning will be evaluable by panel to decide if he is mentally fit to stand trial.

8:45 Column in The Australian links Obama, Jack Ruby and Assange -- the dangers of being hailed as a "messiah." (h/t @Asher_Wolf)

8:25 New from AP: Cable released by WikiLeaks today shows Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad "sought some kind of nuclear fuel swap deal more than a year ago, but faced internal pressures from hard-liners who viewed it as a 'virtual defeat.' The report, available on the WikiLeaks website Tuesday, also suggested Iran trusted its arch-foe the United States more than ally Russia to follow through with the U.N.-backed proposal: providing reactor-ready fuel in exchange for Iran giving up control of its low-enriched uranium stockpile."

8:20 Newsweek: 3 reasons why journalists aren't standing up more for First Amendment and WikiLeaks. " In the face of such an assault on press freedom, you might expect the American media to respond assertively. But the pushback has been piecemeal and somewhat muted.... Many in the foreign press have been more assertive in their defense of WikiLeaks."

8:00 New cable report from that Norwegian paper: France, surprisingly, leads European nations in industrial spying on others.

7:50 Frad Branfman at Alternet: The most terrifying WikiLeaks revelation of all is just how much our government has lied to us.

7:40 NYT op-ed hits new Shield Law bill introduced in Congress after latest WikiLeaks. "Although this proposed law may be constitutional as applied to government employees who unlawfully leak such material to people who are unauthorized to receive it, it would plainly violate the First Amendment to punish anyone who might publish or otherwise circulate the information after it has been leaked."

7:30 "X7o" at WL Central rips James Richardson piece in The Guardian today that used the term "Collateral Murder" for possible result of Wiki cablegate on Zimbadwe. Among issues raised is one we noted today: That The Guardian itself seems to have been first to post the fateful cable. Just now the "official" @WikiLeaks twitter feed added: "It is not acceptable the Guardian to blame us for a cable the Guardian selected and published on Dec 8."

7:25 Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs with new blog post on idea of motion to dismiss due to lack of speedy move to trial. "The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial is applied to military jurisprudence through two separate and distinct provisions....."

From late yesterday

Remarkable charting here of the more than 2000 cables now published, broken down several ways.

Psychologists for Social Responsibility send letter to Robert Gates protesting inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning.

Foreign Policy writer on Issa: Yeah, why haven't we prosecuted Assange--under non-existent laws? Maybe should call it The Rule of Non-Laws?

A fun Vanity Fair piece provides a Bank of America "checklist" for WikiLeaks assault.

Tuesday DAYBOOK: Obama 'Gallups' Ahead, Surprise Eliz Warren News, Jon Stewart Returns, Much 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

Does the Big O have the Big Mo? Obama's approval rating reaches 50% in Gallup daily tracking -- first time since May... CBS poll: Given choice of how to cut deficits, 61% chose higher taxes for rich, 20% cutting military budgets, and only single digits for slicing Social Security or Medicare.

Huff Post today: "Elizabeth Warren, the Obama administration appointee now establishing a consumer financial protection agency, plans to name the wife of General David Petraeus -- the top American general in Afghanistan -- to a new position tasked with protecting military families from predatory lenders, according to sources familiar with the planning. Holly Petraeus, a longtime advocate for military families, is expected to be named to the senior post sometime later this week, according to the sources, who spoke on condition they not be named."

Mike Allen at Politico has links too numerous to mention on GOPers taking over, profile of Mitch McConnell in The Atlantic, Rep. Issa's plans to cut regs for business, and much more.

Medill (Northwestern) student who took his own life may have been suffering from PTSD. Former Marine spent time in Iraq.

Yes, I'm still live-blogging WikiLeaks today, now in day 38. I guess someone's gotta do it. And here's yesterday's edition. It's something of an international sensation. But soemone tweeted yesterday, "Do u realize if CableGate releases flow at current rate, you'll be doing this for 7 more years?"

Newsweek: 3 reasons why journalists aren't standing up more for First Amendment and WikiLeaks." In the face of such an assault on press freedom, you might expect the American media to respond assertively. But the pushback has been piecemeal and somewhat muted.... Many in the foreign press have been more assertive in their defense of WikiLeaks."

A fun Vanity Fair piece provides a Bank of America "checklist" for WikiLeaks assault.

GRISLY MURDER Jack Wheeler, who helped drive for Vietnam war memorial, later advised Bush and the military, led current campaign for ROTC return to elite campuses, found murdered -- in Delaware landfill. Not much speculation yet on why.

THE WHOLE SADDAM THING Peter Maass in The New Yorker: How the media inflated the topping of Saddam's statue. And now a strong Glenn Greenwald slam at NYT's John Burns over his quotes in the article.

WAR WEARY New CNN poll finds a jump to 63% as number opposing our war in Afghanistan. A few months ago it was evenly divided.

SORKIN's BASH Andrew Sorkin toasts and roasts guests at his annual Wall Street / big business New Year's dinner. What? Assange seated next to BOA chief? BOA guy better keep an eye on his blackberry.

A NUKE INVITE Iran invites Russia, China, European Union and its allies among Arab world to tour its nuclear sites:

TODAY's LAFF

The Daily Show returned last night with good segment on Obama as media-ordained "comeback kid." Stewart quipped that the media is quick to call a political figure "dead" when he is merely "taking a nap" -- so when he awakes they call it "a miracle."

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TODAY's MUSIC

My new piece here on upcoming Phil Ochs film, with trailer and music clips. And below, rare video of the eternal Marianne Faithfull, circa 1965, still sweet-voiceld, doing Phil's "There But For Fortune."

The Return of DAYBOOK: GOP Taking Control, Colbert Does Strangelove, 'Neil Young,' Much 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

And now it begins (in two days): GOP takes control of House and ready to undo Dem gains such as health plan and more ... but the Washington Post claims Dems plan to go on the offense.

PolitiFact launches the GOP Pledge-O-Meter, tracking the campaign promises of Republican leaders.

New CNN poll finds a jump to 63% as number opposing our war in Afghanistan. A few months ago it was evenly divided ... U.S. war in Iraq over? Two U.S. soldiers killed today there.

Bank of America preparing, big time, for rumored massive WikiLeaks release, while hoping it's just a bluff. You can't make this up: Judy Miller calls Assange "bad journalist" who didn't "verify sources." ... NYT returns with a major WikiLeaks cable report after long lag, this time focusing on U.S. diplomats used in sales war in Boeing vs. Airbus rivalry, with hints of bribery, corruption ...

Yes, I am still live-blogging all things WikiLeaks, now in the 37th day. Thanks for all your support.

Peter Maass in The New Yorker: How the media inflated the topping of Saddam's statue.

Amanda Marcotte tweets: "Ross Douthat's obsessive anger at women for not being breeding factories but choosing instead to be people continues."

CHORDS OF FAME My new piece here on upcoming Phil Ochs film, with trailer and music clips.

THE PIT & THE PENDULUM Paul Krugman warns: Yes, the pit our economy is in may have stopped going deeper but we are still near the bottom ... Poynter panel forecsts trends in investigtive reporting for 2011.

IN THE NAVY Commander of nuclear aircraft carrier U.S.S. Enterprise -- no, not William Shatner -- made crude videos featuring womeh showering and anti-gay slurs. Ironically, his name is Capt. Honors.

CREEPING FASCISM That's what Rep. John Hall, now losing seat in Congress, says we may face in aftermath of the Citizens United ruling, which dearly cost Dems like him in 2010. He's undecided on run to get back seat next year....

BARRY BAD INDEED Dave Barry on 2010 as maybe worst year ever.

A WIKILEAK WEEKEND To catch up on my live-blog for the New Year's holiday weekend, go here.

DON'T FORGET THE MOTOR CITY Post apocalyptic landscape: No, it's photos of modern day Detroit posted at The Guardian.

THE DUKE AND HAGGARD Merle Haggard after meeting Obama for first time complains about how the press has portrayed him.

TODAY's LAFF

Looking back at the year in comedy, I had to catch up to Stephen Colbert vs. Pastor Terry Jones, closing with his impersonation of Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove. We'll meet again, don't know where, don't know when.

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TODAY's MUSIC

And the year in music review could not possibly be complete without Neil Young's appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show. In a later visit, "Neil" was joined by the real Bruce Springsteen.

 
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WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Monday, Day 37

As I've done for the previous five weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks over the three-day weekend, with new items added at the top. All times are ET. For more follow me on Twitter. Read about my latest book here.

UPDATE:  Here's the Tuesday edition of this blog.

11:30  "X7o" at WL Central rips James Richardson piece in The Guardian today that used the term "Collateral Murder" for possible result of Wiki cablegate on Zimbadwe.  Among issues raised is one we noted today: That The Guardian itself seems to have been first to post the fateful cable.  Just now the "official" @WikiLeaks twitter feed added: "It is not acceptable the Guardian to blame us for a cable the Guardian selected and published on Dec 8."

10:25  Bradley Manning's lawyer David Coombs with new blog post on motion to dismiss due to lack of speedy move to trial. "The Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial is applied to military jurisprudence through two separate and distinct provisions....."

10:20  Jay Rosen tweets: "For each week I've followed the Wikileaks story, the significance of this Oct. 2009 article in Computer World has grown. 

9:20 Remarkable charting here of the more than 2000 cables now published, broken down several ways.

9:15  Psychologists for Social Responsibility send letter to Robert Gates protesting inhumane treatment of Bradley Manning.

9:10  Interesting Haaretz piece on the media "revolution" promised by WikiLeaks and the Web -- or, maybe not.

5:20  Foreign Policy writer on Issa: Yeah, why haven't we prosecuted Assange--under non-existent laws? Maybe should call it The Rule of Non-Laws? 

3:50  A fun Vanity Fair piece provides a Bank of America "checklist" for WikiLeaks assault.

3:20   A turd blossoms in Sweden :  Not an easy read, but an update on Karl Rove's possible role in prosecution of Assange, at FDL.

2:15  Did WikiLeaks inspire its own likely  "Collateral Murder" in Zimbadwe?  James Richardson in The Guardian probes.  Critic of Mugabe imperiled.  But The Guardian itself published the fateful cable on Dec. 8.

2:05  Interesting Financial TImes piece on business leadership in the Age of WikiLeaks.  "In a world of naked corporations facing public exposure from leakers and whistleblowers alike, business leaders will need to take their new year’s resolutions to lose weight and get fit very seriously indeed. Just as purveyors of fizzy drinks and crisps may soon face an obesity tax, the flabby corporation will face a WikiLeaks 'reputational tax'."

1:05  Peter Kemp on death threats against Assange, incitement -- and the law.

12:20  New from Glenn Greenwald:  "There is simply no limit on the manipulation and exploitation of the term 'terrorism'  by America's political class. Joe Biden and Mitch McConnell support endless policies that slaughter civilians for political ends, yet with a straight face accuse Julian Assange -- who has done nothing like that -- of being a 'terrorist.'"

12:10  Juan Cole:  Wiki release of full, famous 1990 April Glaspie memo "vindicates" her, re: Saddam

11:25  Germany denies secret spy project with USA (see below).

11:15  Tweet for me from @darrylmason:  "Do u realize if #CableGate releases flow at current rate & u keep up day by day coverage, you'll be doing this for 7 more years?"   Yeah, going for the Guinness -- in both meanings of that word. 

10:35 Weeks ago, I noted that in his first big post-Cablegate interview, Assange said, offhandedly, that there were a few UFO mentions in the 250,000 cables -- but why not, since silly or mysterious sightings are reported around the world every week? Well, UFOlogists seized on that and have since proclaimed major revelations to come, such as a U.S.-Russia battle with saucers over Antarctica. For a look at part of this nonsense, go here.

10:25 Forbes columnist looks at Bank of America plans to respond to Wiki hit, but closes by asking execs: Are YOU prepared. Because Assange might be coming to get ya.

10:00 Besides continuing this feed, my regular blog at The Nation returned today after a holiday layoff, check it out here.

9:45 And the Wikileaks hits just keep on a-coming: AP with account of latest cable released by Norwegian paper. "Germany and the U.S. are planning a $270 million satellite spying program that is causing friction in the European Union, according to WikiLeaks documents published by Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten on Monday."

9:40 Patrick Cockburn on his famous father, J. Assange, and "Puncturing State Secrets."

9:00 Q & A with Jessica Valenti on charges against Assange and his defenders: "I think as a culture we tend to think of rapists as obvious bad guys - like a scary man jumping out of the bushes. When it comes to those on the Left, the same is true - people don't want to believe that one of their progressive heroes could ever do something so terrible. But someone can be a great guy when it comes to politics and still be a rapist. It's not a zero sum game."

8:50 The Guardian has slacked off on cable coverage but now has a new one on U.S. pressuring European Union to accept GM -- genetic modification, that is.

8:20 Poynter asks panel to look ahead in 2011. Headline: "Imagine a Julian Assange in every state and major city in the US."

8:00 Toronto Star: New cable shows U.S. seeking to join Japan in action against prominent anti-whaling group.

7:50 Jeff Jarvis on the below: "Would be kinda funny if B of A got punked."

7:40 New NYT piece on how Bank of America is preparing for the rumored massive WikiLeaks release, which hoping that Assange is only "bluffing." A team "of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials, led by the chief risk officer, Bruce R. Thompson, has been overseeing a broad internal investigation — scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, reviewing every case where a computer has gone missing and hunting for any sign that its systems might have been compromised." And much more.

7:30 Not, strictly speaking, WikiLeaks but my new Nation piece on upcoming film about guy who would have surely had an interesting take on it: folk singer / political activist (and my onetime friend) Phil Ochs.

From late yesterday

On Fox, Judy Miller calls Assange a "bad journalist" and he didn't "verify" his sources. However, current scorecard reads: Miller helped kill hundreds of thousands, Assange zero.

NYT finally back in business in the WikiLeaks cable game, with major report, making use of hundreds of cables detailing use of diplomats as "sales" agents more than previously thought, centering on jet rivalrty, Boeing vs. Airbus. Hints of corruption and bribes. "It is not surprising that the United States helps American companies doing business abroad, given that each sale is worth thousands of jobs and that their foreign competitors do the same. But like the other WikiLeaks cables, these offer a remarkably detailed look at what had previously been only glimpsed — in this case, the sales war between American diplomats and their European counterparts."

Jeremy Scahill tweets: "Wikileaks releases oft-discussed April Glaspie cable from Iraq in 1990 before Kuwait invasion."

 
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Preview of New Film on Phil Ochs, Opening This Week

This Wednesday, in New York at the IFC theater, a new documentary about folk singer / political activist will open.  Direced 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.

Later this week, I'll write more, but  I wanted to get something posted now, pre-premiere, along with the trailer.    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, although I also witnessed him getting tossed out of a party at William Kunster's home after he started swinging a golf club over his head.   More on all this later.

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."

  

 

 

THE WIKILEAKS NEWS & VIEWS BLOG, Special New Year's Weekend Editiion

As I've done for the previous five weeks,  I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks over the three-day weekend, with new items added at the top.   All times are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

** SUNDAY ** 

UPDATE  Here is Monday's edition of this live-blog.

11:00 New NYT piece on how Bank of America is preparing for the rumored massive WikiLeaks release, which hoping that Assange is only "bluffing."  A team "of 15 to 20 top Bank of America officials, led by the chief risk officer, Bruce R. Thompson, has been overseeing a broad internal investigation — scouring thousands of documents in the event that they become public, reviewing every case where a computer has gone missing and hunting for any sign that its systems might have been compromised."  And much more.

10:10  Not, strictly speaking, WikiLeaks but my new Nation piece on upcoming film about guy who would have surely had an interesting take on it:  folk singer / political activist (and my onetime friend) Phil Ochs.

9:30  Jeremy Scahill tweets:  "Wikileaks releases oft-discussed April Glaspie cable from Iraq in 1990 before Kuwait invasion." 

8:20 On FoxJudy Miller calls Assange a "bad journalist" and he didn't "verify" his sources.   However, current scorecard reads:  Miller helped kill hundreds of thousands, Assange zero.

7:15  WikiLeaks cable releases, mapped via Google by embassy of origin.   But does not show you if a Quiznos nearby.

6:50  NYT finally back in business in the WikiLeaks cable game, with major report, making use of hundreds of cables detailing use of diplomats as "sales" agents more than previously thought, centering on jet rivalrty, Boeing vs. Airbus.  Hints of corruption and bribes.  "It is not surprising that the United States helps American companies doing business abroad, given that each sale is worth thousands of jobs and that their foreign competitors do the same. But like the other WikiLeaks cables, these offer a remarkably detailed look at what had previously been only glimpsed — in this case, the sales war between American diplomats and their European counterparts"

4:15  Possibly another "Anonymous" attack at Tunisia government site after blockage of WIkiLeaks stories.

1:40 Linked to this cable earlier today, but now Haaretz with a different take, noting Israel only has 12 minutes to respond to attack by Iran.

12:40  I linked to HaikuLeaks a few days ago but here's an amusing update.

11:20  Rep. Issa, about to gain power in Congress, warns Atty Gen Holder today to "stop hurting" or leave the administration, with failure to move on WikiLeaks one of his complaints.

10:25  More from cablesUranium being smuggled via East Arcia to Iran.   What a change in past two weeks: NYT and Guardian virtually on sidelines, as revelations drip out around the globe from smaller sources, plus El Pais

10:20  Good question:   Peter Daou tweets,  "Has @GregMitch broken the record for continuous live-blogging of a story or event?"    Yes, this is Day 36 of "Greg Mitchell Held Hostage." 

9:55  Norway paper continues to publish cables from its cache, this one on Israel preparing for "large war" against Hamas or Hezbollah.

9:50  New cable suggests Irishman killed by Bolivian Army was lured to his death. 

9:45 Glad to see defense of publishing WikiLeaks by El Pais editor now getting a lot of attention but, to brag a bit:  I linked to it here fully 10 days ago.

9:15  Interesting piece at AOL on Donsald Rumsfeld's new book -- he has hit WikiLeaks but happily reported that he had used once secret documents for the book, adding that in his case they had been cleared by the government.   But he had advantage of knowing what and where they were -- and not having to wait years for their release, like most people.

9:00  Cover and write-up for that upcoming "Inside WikiLeaks" book by group's former  alleged
"number 2" who fell out with Assange in 2009.

8:50  And now :  Science Leaks.

** SATURDAY ** 


10:30  Somehow, Leonard Cohen's "The Future" seems apt here.

 10:10  New cables published only by El Pais, we believe.

9:35  Myra McPherson, an I.F. Stone biographer, compares him to Assange and secrecy then and now.

9:30  New Year's resolutions (or urgings?) at The Guardian column include this:  "Visa, Mastercard  Grow a pair. Stop boycotting WikiLeaks. You're happy to process payments for dubious top-shelf soft porn publishers. So why have you stopped handling donations for Julian Assange's iconoclastic organisation? It's depressing to see two international companies bow so timidly to the wishes of the US state department."

6:50  NYT op-ed: Why the Saudis reacted to Wiki revelations so cooly. "Public debates focus on domestic concerns, not international issues; most Saudis have more to worry about than diplomatic scandals. As Mahmood Sabbagh, a popular newspaper columnist, told me, 'People were more joking than concerned about them.'”

6:45 If you missed Assange dressed as Santa, there's a second image now.   Ho, ho....hum?

1:40  The WikiLeaks Forum still going strong, now with a discussion board on the new OpenLeaks group.

11:55  For the naysayers who claim Wiki cables mean little:  Janet Napolitano just announced a tripling of agents in Afghanistan -- to try to halt massive smuggling of cash out of the country revealed in the cables.  Billions of dollars have exited.

10:40  M.I.A.  releases 36-minute, Assange-inspired mix tape titled " VickyLeakx."  Quotes Assange.  Can download here

10:20 Links to some fun WIkiLeaks things:  comix, chronicles, haiku, games, searching the cables with The Beatles "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" in background.

10:15   At CNN, a warning from a Reagan and Bush historian re: WikiLeaks.

9:35 Fox News: Karzai refuses to oust most corrupt official as revealed in cables.

9:30  I linked to it first 24 hours ago but it's gotten a lot of praise since, so here again is the surprising and lengthy CBS list of what WIkiLeaks has revealed so far, region by region, in the past month.

9:25  Clay Shirky adds a  "coda" to a widely-read earlier post, as he looks at the Pentagon Papers example and how it will be "re-adjudicated" now.  Also: "Julian claims that the history of these matters will be divided into 'pre-' and 'post-Cablegate'  periods. This claim is grandiose and premature. However, it is not, on present evidence, visibly wrong." 

9:20  Britain faces legal challenge based on WikiLeak cable revealing its part in Bangladesh torture.

8:50  Assange just leaked all of your New Year's resolutions -- and it is not pretty.

FRIDAY

4:25  So, should we call it Happy New Leak, or Happy Leak Year, or what? 

2:50  Yes, the Johnny Rivers' classic "Secret Agent Man" has new meanings, and when we were kids we swore the lyric was "you let the rubber slip while kissing persuasive lips."

2:30  FDL's Lamo/Manning audio and transcripts up to date.

11:55   Jerusalem Post: New cables suggest Egypt still feels Israel is its main adversary -- but Egypt's military in decline.  (h/t to @LittleTomPaine at Twitter for this and others).

11:40  No kidding: Joby Warrick in Wash Post on Wiki doc dump revealing "flaws in State Dept. sharing system."   But  "only recently have investigators understood the critical role played by Net-Centric Diplomacy, a computer initiative that became the conduit for what was perhaps the biggest heist of sensitive U.S. government documents in modern times."

11:10  Manning, the barricades: Lynn Paramore at Huff Post:-- "Tortured Until Proven Guilty: The Case Against Solitary Confinement."

10:25  Marcy Wheeler: What, Lamo had TWO laptops?  Also, check out rest of FDL site for more on Manning case.

10:20  They did it, Norway:  That Norwegian paper, which got cable dump late, remains most active now in posting them.

9:40  Alex Cockburn in year-end piece urges, Honor the WikiLeakers.  "The cables show the daily business of a mighty empire acting in manners diametrically opposite to public pretensions. The cables form one of the most extraordinary lessons in the cold realities of international diplomacy ever made public. Normally, scholars have to wait for 10, 20, even 50 years to gain access to such papers."

9:10  For a blast at Wikileaks from the right, here's lengthy slam in Commentary.  It even claims Assanage has not put himself at "great risk" knowing how "feckless and feeble"   the Obama administration. is.

9:00  Don't miss: A real Newsweek photo gallery of Julian's Christmas, with Assange as Santa, feeding chickens, posing next to  Chistmas tree and opening cards, and more.   Check out sack he is carrying as Santa, with note that he has been very, very good "most of the time." Tina Brown at work already?  

8:55 Valuable catalog at CBS News by Joshua Norman  on "How WIkiLeaks Enlightened Us" in 2010.  A long list, region by region,  of what has emerged. 

8:40  8 smears and misconceptions the media have spread about WikiLeaks, so says Alternet writer.

8:30  After long delay, NYT corrects that Charlie Savage story on the Manning "chat logs" (it's at bottom of piece).

7:50  Bradley Manning's attorney with new blog entry on pre-trial military confinement.  "Even if the Inspector General does investigate an issue, it has no power of enforcement.  Instead, the results of the investigation are turned over to the agency or command with the authority to act."

The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Thursday, Day 33

As I've done for the previous nearly four weeks and more,  I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all day.   All times added at top are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

UPDATE   The Friday edition of this blogging.

11:50  Bradley Manning's attorney with new blog entry on pre-trial military confinement.  "Even if the Inspector General does investigate an issue, it has no power of enforcement.  Instead, the results of the investigation are turned over to the agency or command with the authority to act."

10:35   Iran blocks access to El Pais after newspaper publishes cable on Ahmadinejad getting slapped by Revolutionary Guards chief.  Another story on the incident.

7:45 NPR ombud Alicia Shepard on that one hearty soul who got NPR to correct its piece on WikiLeaks publishing 250,000 docs.

6:45 Yvette Carnell with unusual take on few black leaders and civil rights vets coming to defense of WikiLeaks.  Hackers as new forces standing up to authority:   "Unlike the relics of the civil rights era, hackers are doing more than just going on the record about Wikileaks. They are actively preparing for a new generation of struggle and oppression. Whether we agree or disagree with their methods, we must acknowledge that hackers recognize the chaos afoot and are plotting a new way forward. Increasingly, we must examine the ever apparent reality that people like Jesse Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton, who appear on cable news shows only to tell us what we already know and leverage their own financial interests, are relics of days long gone. They are not only expendable, but detrimental to the causes for which we care about so deeply."

6:15  After Nick Davies' attack at Huff Post today, Bianca Jagger might have been crying, "Gimme shelter!" And now it has arrived in a reply to Davies at the WL Central site.   One thing at issue: tweets at the WikiLeaks official feed.  Does Assange have anything to do with them? 

6:05  Another  report on Assange vowing to release all files in event of his "untimely death or longterm incarceration." 

5:55  The Guardian weighs in on the Greenwald vs. Wired struggle over those chat logs. 

4:00  New CNN poll finds 77% of American disapprove of WikiLeaks release of cables.   But note wording of question when you drill down:  They stated to those surveyed that WikiLeaks ha "displayed"  some "thousands" of cables, when the truth is, most were also published by mainstream newspapers and the total has not yet reached 2000, let alone "thousands." And what does "displayed" mean anyway? 

3:55 Readers of The Nation pick Assange as person of the year, followed by Bernie Sanders and Bradley Manning.   Then Elizabeth Warren and Rachel Maddow.  Oddly this came on same day CNN said Assange won its tally as well. 

3:35  WikiLeaks backers claim to have brought down government sites in Zimbabwe after Mugabe's wife "sued a newspaper for publishing a WikiLeaks cable linking her with illicit diamond trading"

3:30  Another win for Assange: CNN's "Most Intriguing Person" of 2010.  Well, surely a lot of intrigue there.

3:20  Bongo Madness: The Guardian finally with another report on a cable, this time on Gabon's former leader channeling money to help Sarkozy's bid?

3:10  A lot of OpnLeaks stuff today at, natch, #openleaks, including fact that they deny Twitter account is theirs, and will launch their own stuff in a couple of weeks.

3:06  Glenn Greenwald emails Wired's Rayn SIngel with complaints, including his refusal to post Greenwald's reply as an update at their site.

3:00  The Guardian's Nick Davies (once friend, now foe, in Assange's eyes) denies claims on sex case being "honey trap," and so on.

2:55 Okay, back down off the road.  Here's list of cables published in the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten and not elsewhere.  Still not known how they got the full cable dump.

10:00 Hitting the road again, should be back here about 3:30.

9:40  Democracy Now! promising special New Year's Eve show tomorrow:  "Julian Assange: In His Own Words."  And then: Happy New Leak? 

9:32 Matt Yglesias tweets reply to Glenn Greenwald view  (just below) on Assange and his threat:  "So Assange claims to have newsworthy documents that he's withholding from publishing as part of a blackmail scheme?"

9:25:  If Tucker Carlson feels execution fit Michael Vick's crimes, one shudders to think what he wants done to Bradley Manning  -- or Assange.

8:50  The Atlantic pulls together a few views on the unfortunate Floyd Abrams op-ed.

8:20  His Al Jazeera interview on Arab officials' links to CIA inspires Marcy Wheeler to write : "Assange Alerts His Hostages!" Glenn Greenwald tweets:  "This is undoubtedly keeping a lot of people with power awake at night."

7:50 Felx Salmon of Reuters weighs in on how the Greenwald-Wired battle has been waged, via blogging and Twitter and why that matters.

7:45  Important updates by the Wired folks late yesterday, via Twitter,   saying they reviewed the chat logs and found NO unpublished Manning references to Assange.  This leads BoingBoing to suggest in a new piece (see earlier one just below) that this undermines some of Lamo's claims and will make it harder to go after Assange in this matter.  Earlier: BoingBoing recaps the Greenwald-Wired debate.

7:25  2006 essay by Assange  (h/t Evgeny Moroov).

7:20  Ace blogger Digby on the Greenwald-Wired debate: "I realize that journalistic ethics require that sources be protected, but the idea that they must be protected when they are lying strikes me as equally unethical."

From late yesterday

Jack Shafer at Slate shares my amazement from this morning (see way down below) about Floyd Abram's op-ed.  And another hit on Abrams at The Moderate Voice.

 FBI raid and probe seems aimed at Operation Payback, Anonymous and cyber attacks on PayPal.

Assange tells Al Jazeera about Arab officials who spy for CIA, shows files.

Blogging WikiLeaks News & Views for Wednesday, Day 32

As I've done for the previous nearly four weeks and more,  I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all day.   All times added at top are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

UPDATE  The Thursday edition of this blog.

11:55 Seemingly important updates by the Wired folks tonight saying they reviewed the chat logs and found NO unpublished Manning references to Assange.  This leads BoingBoing to suggest in a new piece (see earlier one just below) that this undermines some of Lamo's claims and will make it harder to go after Assange in this matter.

10:50 BoingBoing recaps the Greenwald-Wired debate. 

10:40  Jack Shafer at Slate shares my amazement from this morning (see way down below) about Floyd Abram's op-ed.  And another hit on Abrams at The Moderate Voice.

10:35 FBI raid and probe seems aimed at Operation Payback, Anonymous and cyber attacks on PayPal.

10:30 Assange tells Al Jazeera about Arab officials who spy for CIA, shows files.

10:25  Have to agree with Glenn Greenwald on this tweet: "This has been an intense day - & it's amazing how central of a role Twitter now plays in these disputes/debates."

10:20   WikiPizz, a French pizza delivery service, supports WikiLeaks with custom toppings.  What, no Julian carrots? 

12:50  Will be offlline for a few hours as I travel to catch  premiere of season two of my son's hit Web series, in a theater upstate.  See you later.   

12:10  Don't miss: HaikuLeaks -- haiku based on the cables. Sample:   They do not know when /   those attacks might occur or / what form they will take."

12:05 Dave Winer on the Greenwald vs. Wired battle -- good as far as it goes, but then he stops, wanting to stick to core issue.

11:55 Award-winning film about my old friend Dan Ellsberg, "The Most Dangerous Man in America," now on Netflix.  I guess sequel will be, "The Most Dangerous Man in the World." 

11:25  Jeff Jarvis tweets:  "Wired has not answered a series of factual, important questions. Simple as that."  Felix Salmon:  "Is it possible that Wired might be legally prevented from writing more about the logs, through a secret court injunction?"

10:55  You don't see this headline every day:  "My Parents Were Executed Under the Unconstitutional Espionage Act -- Here's Why We Must Fight to Protect Julian Assange."   Piece, of course, written by Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.

10:45  Emptywheel at FDL responds to Floyd Abrams op-ed (see my take below).

10:05  Evgeny Morozov from Foreign Policy tweets:  "I can't see how Wired would be able to justify not releasing specific portions of the chat referenced by Greenwald." 

9:40  Glenn Greenwald responds to last night's Wired double reply to his critiques.  And here his separate take on their refusal to release the Manning chat logs.  He concludes it all:  "Ultimately, what determines one's credibility is not the names you get called or the number of people who get angry when you criticize them.  What matters is whether the things you say are well-supported and accurate, to correct them if they're not, and to subject yourself to the same accountability and transparency you demand of others."

9:25 Jeff Jarvis tweets re: the item below:  "Is Floyd Abrams' anti-wikileaks op-ed an attempt to distance news orgs from their source?"

9:00  Veteran media rights lawyers Floyd Abrams  in WSJ:  "Why WikiLeaks Is Unlike the Pentagon Papers."  This is a shocking op-ed, only considering the source.  Abrams has long been hired by top media outlets, including The New York Times, for top court cases (including the Judy Miller one) and he is known as one of the legendary First Amendment lawyers.   So to see him here in such an all-out attack on the idea, and the worth of the leaks, is starllng -- since they have been published in full partnership with the type of  media companies  (or even a speicfic one)  Abrams represents.   Obviously, those media outlets see the right to publish the leaks, and recognize their value.  Think NYT will hire Abrams if they are brought to court on publishing these cables? 

8:50  New group Crowdleak looking to translate cables into at least 7 languages, needs translators.

8:30    I linked to CNN's Jessica Yellin's response to Glenn Greenwald last night -- but after getting slammed in Comments, CNN shut them down.

8:20 For a good running twitter debate on Greenwald vs. Wired (see below), check out @felixsalmon and @penenberg.   And Jeff Jarvis tweets:  "Now I need a journalist (& FDL) to cut through personal, professional invective among @evanatwired, @kpoulson, @ggreenwald to answer Qs." 

8:10  FDL's massive updated chart on Manning and Lamo, quite a feat, aided by readers.

8:05  The ADL with full take on the "conspiracy theories" online linking WikiLeaks and Assange to Israel or a pro-Israeli coverup.

8:00   Beyond the Michael Moore movie:  Cables  highlight Cuba's health care issues.  McClatchy story, and another example of stray cables "published by WikiLeaks," not one of their media partners.

7:55 Yesterday  I linked to start of discussion I had called for on why NYT and The Guardian cutting way back on covering Wiki cables.  Quite a few have weighed in since, some with interesting points.

7:50   New game based on Assange essay, "Leaky World," debuts -- more promised.

From late yesterday

Wired posts promised response to Greenwald on Manning and Lamo.  Two-parter.  Editor Hansen  and Senior Editor Poulsen  responded separately.  Poulsen:  "Greenwald’s piece is a breathtaking mix of sophistry, hypocrisy and journalistic laziness. We took the high ground and ignored Greenwald and Salon the first time they pulled this nonsense. Now it’s time to set the record straight."  Cites several key errors.   Greenwald sure to reply.

Jessica Yellin responds to Glenn Greenwald critique (see below) at CNN blog -- but completely ignores his main point about her questions betraying a double standard on (or lack of awareness about) journalists routinely publishing top secret information thanks to leaks vs.  WikiLeaks making such evidence available.   Watch the video again -- claiming she was just asking provocative questions doesn't cut it.

Amazing: all those complaints about media and TV hosts claiming "indiiscriminate document dump" by WikiLeaks has finally paid off, in the form of an NPR correction.   Apparently sparked by a listener complaint.  Glenn Greenwald adds via Twitter that in addition "Stu Seidel, NPR's Deputy Managing Editor, sent a memo telling reporters not to make the error." 

 
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The WikiLeaks News & Views Blog for Tuesday, Day 31

As I've done for the previous nearly four weeks and more,  I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all day.   All times added at top are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

UPDATE:     Here is Wednesday's edition of this blog.

11:05  The ADL with full take on the "conspiracy theories" online linking WikiLeaks and Assange to Israel or a pro-Israeli coverup.

9:50  Wired posts promised response to Greenwald on Manning and Lamo.  Two-parter.  Editor Hansen  and Senior Editor Poulsen  responded separately.  Editor Hansen: "It’s odd to find myself in the position of writing a defense of someone who should be held up as a model. But it is unfortunately necessary, thanks to the shameless and unjustified personal attacks he’s faced..."   Bottom line: He still refuses to print the chat logs, citing continuing privacy concerns, but might do it in future. 

Poulsen:  "Greenwald’s piece is a breathtaking mix of sophistry, hypocrisy and journalistic laziness. We took the high ground and ignored Greenwald and Salon the first time they pulled this nonsense. Now it’s time to set the record straight."  Cites several key errors.   Greenwald sure to reply.

8:00 Jessica Yellin responds to Glenn Greenwald critique (see below) at CNN blog—but completely ignores his main point about her questions betraying a double standard on (or lack of awareness about) journalists routinely publishing top secret information thanks to leaks vs.  WikiLeaks making such evidence available.   Watch the video again—claiming she was just asking provocative questions doesn't cut it.

7:15 Earlier today I linked to start of discussion I had called for on why NYT and The Guardian cutting way back on covering Wiki cables.  Quite a few have weighed in since, some with interesting points.

7:00  Amazing: all those complaints about media and TV hosts claiming "indiiscriminate document dump" by WikiLeaks has finally paid off, in the form of an NPR correction.   Apparently sparked by a listener complaint.  Glenn Greenwald adds via Twitter that in addition "Stu Seidel, NPR's Deputy Managing Editor, sent a memo telling reporters not to make the error." 

5:55  Wired's editor promised response to Glenn Greenwald in "a few hours"—a few hours ago.

5:10  FDL's massive updated chart on Manning and Lamo, quite a feat, aided by readers.

4:15 Huff Post:  Cable published by NYT shows Karzai of Afghanistan longs for "golden years" of the, yes, Bush Administration. "Questions about Karzai's fitness to be the leader of Afghanistan and a key US ally run throughout several of the cables obtained by WikiLeaks."

3:45  We've noted The Guardian cutting way back on covering and publishing Wiki cables in past week.  Further evidence: It had launched a you-ask, we-search feature on their site, finding specific issues or people in the huge trove of Wiki cables.  But they abruptly halted it six days ago with no updates.

3:40  New effort to get (curiously quiet on WikiLeaks) Bob Woodward to comment on reporters and classified into and comparisons to Assange etc.,  and Mike Calderone of Yahoo! has tried to reached Woodward.  Hashtag just starting at Twiter is #wheresWoodward.

3:15  More fallout from yesterday's CNN interview with Greenwald:  @WLlegal tweets: "Jack Goldsmith clearly explained in WaPo OpEd from Oct why vast majority of Woodward's leaks are "unauthorized" as well.  

2:10  At 2 pm ET, Wired editor @evanatwired  tweeted that promised response to Glenn Greenwald expected in "a few hours." 

1:50 Dave Winer on real reason Amazon caved: It was all that gov't dough.

1:45  CJR's Clint Hendler on the Year in WikiLeaks.  Secrets, laws and videotape.

1:25  Financial Times:  Wikileaks causes more government attempts at controlling Web.

12:40  Someone else (besides me) raising question of why NYT and Guardian have pretty much halted running stories on new WikiLeaks cables, with 249,000 left to go.  Have seen no replies yet.

12:05 From NYT:  Is it rape? Depends on who you are asking.  On Assange case, from Europe.  "Because it has become inextricably linked to the controversy surrounding WikiLeaks, the Assange case offers few pointers for an honest debate about rape and how to prosecute it.  Taking a position on one issue is mostly presumed to be taking one on the other."

11:55  Rubbers meet the load: Evgeny Morozov tweets,  "WikiLeaks is a brand that keeps on giving: WikiLeaks condoms distributed at a hacker conference." 

10:50  And now Glenn Greenwald himself weighs in on the now-infamous CNN interview yesterday.  " I'm not complaining here—Yellin was perfectly fair and gave me ample time—but merely observing how inseparable are most American journalists from the political officials they 'cover.'"  Also hits CNN for hiring Townsend, from Bush administration that lied about Iraq WMD leading to 100,000 or more civilian deaths in Iraq, and then calling Assange a "terrorist."

10:40   The Atlantic:  Did Wikileaks set back democracy in Zimbabwe?

10:30  New Amanda Marcotte–Moe Tkacik discussion on Assange sex case via Bloggingheads at NYT.

10:25  FireDogLake posts transcript and audio of key Greenwald-Lamo interview.

10:15  El Pais only news outlet still publishing daily WikiLeaks stories based on cables.   Question remains for others: Why? 

9:55  Richard Adams of The Guardian, who handled half the stuff at the excellent Guardian blog on WikiLeaks recently, returns with a long look at the #MooreandMe Twitter campaign vs. MIchael Moore (and Olbermann) for their comments on the sex case against Assange.   "In the end, though, it was Moore—without addressing #MooreandMe directly—who gave way, with his appearance on Rachel Maddow's show. Olbermann, meanwhile, like a soldier marooned on a Pacific island who doesn't know the war is over, sits nursing his wounds, and making gnomic statements and half-apologies."

9:40  MIke Calderone of Yahoo!  tweets comment on  Glenn Greenwald's CNN interview (see below) : "Some journos uncomfortable with idea that their govt sources may also be 'stealing' info they use to inform the public."  Greewnald had earlier tweeted: "usually, classified secrets just walk up with their little legs to unsuspecting journalists."

9:10  Sad that this is necessary but: An Open Letter to those inciting violence against Assange or his family.

8:55 Assange raised some eyebrows in recent interview when he referred to WikiLeaks people already killed.  Here is what he was referring to.

8:45  Although I know the Rosenberg case well, I had not made this connection:  Robert Meeropol, son of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, on his parents, Assange and the 1917 Espionage Act.

8:40  Wired, which has a battle of its own right now, with new piece, "2010: The Year the Internet Went to War." 

8:35  FDL with new compilation of key Bradley Manning case articles.

8:30  Does Ron Paul regret his strong (and rare) backing for WikiLeaks early on? New interview with National Revliew folks shows he is standing by it, maybe more so.  "This can’t be allowed to go without a full debate. If you don’t protect the rights that we have to broadcast and print—as well as for individuals who want to tell the truth about our government—we’re in big trouble" Not so keen on Manning, though.

8:20 Glenn Greenwald debating Fran Townsend (and host) on CNN tonite.

Late yesterday

Good piece by noted author/columnist Richard Reeves (like me, he's written a book about Nixon) on Wikileaks as the #1 "game changer" of 2010.  Yeah, others will pick something else as "top story" but game-changing is what really counts....   If you're wondering about the right's response to Bradley Manning treatment, Glenn Greenwald and more, here's Powerline. 

With little help now from NYT and Guardian, WikiLeaks has become WikiDrips, latest count still just short of 2000 published.... Capping day on Wired / Manning front (see below), a fun parody for "Hired" magazine cover.

 
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