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Monday DAYBOOK: Boehner Weeps, US Setbacks in Wars, Paul McCartney, 'WikiLeaks: The Game,' 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 during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. Check out my new book on the wildest left-wing election campaign and the birth of "media politics" here.

MORNING ROAST

Here's a recap of the Gawker Media hacking yesterday, after wild fears spread like fire. 

Top NYT story: Christians targeted by our friends in Iraq, many flee.  So do GOP Christians like Palin still call it "victory"?... Global Post: New poll finds shockingly bad poll numbers in Afghanistan for support of US. And more than half want our forces out of their country, the sooner the better... The GuardianTime for negotiation in Afghanistan...  See photos by the great Tyler Hicks on Afghan tragedy on Sunday, with six US troops killed by bomb—and possible Pulitzer winner.

Boehner Cries, Claims He Doesn't Go Tanning In 60 Minutes interview, with VIDEO.  Also, complains about Obama.

David Carr's NYT column tomorrow: Has WikiLeaks changed journalism? Or more like journalism changing WikiLeaks?... And now: WikiLeaks—The Game. Here's two you can play online. NOTE: I am live-blogging WikiLeaks news and views all day again, for 16th day, so Daybook a little light today.

Big NYT profile on Ron Paul: from Dr. No to Dr. Know?... Meanwhile, columnist Ross Douthat hails "A Serious Man." And who might that be? Yes, it's...Tom Coburn. 

POISON OF THE YEAR? On the TV, Andrea Mitchell picks Tea Party as "person of the year," Chris Matthews goes with Mitch McConnell. Couple votes for that Assange guy.

A DIFFERENT LEAK "Our lives became something we'd never dreamt"—Israeli soldiers who testified vs. abuses give up anonymity. (h/t Barbara Bedway)

RED (AND WHITE)  SQUARE  About 100 people dressed as Santa on Tiananmen Square told "You are causing a social disturbance, leave the square now" http://bit.ly/eKebHt

WIKILEAKS SUNDAY   God help me, I liveblogged it all, news and views, and some fun stuff too.  Here's latest from last night:   Vatican responds to damaging cables carried by The Guardian. Calls them "unreliable" of course... How a Canadian company got targeted by WikiLeaks fans—by accident.  Ouch... Words I thought I'd never write: CNN covers Donald Rumsfeld hitting WikiLeaks—on Facebook.  Well, he does have a book coming out...  We earlier mentioned the Sir David Frost TV segment on WikiLeaks,  now here's the full 13-minute video... CNN: Rival OpenLeaks still set to launch tomorrow... Australia's foreign minister promises to intervene to help Assange—get laptop in prison... Assange attorney Mark Stephens says US itchy to get hands on Assange and claims a grand jury has been secretly empaneled in Alexandria, VA for just that purpose.

BITS & PIECES  Frank Rich: Gay-bashing at the Smithsonian... The Atlantic "Turns a Profit, With an Eye on the Web"...  Fox reports:  MIchael Steele not seeking re-election as head of RNC...

TODAY's LAFF

You may heard, no kidding, that Paul McCartney's "place holder" lyrics for 'Yesterday" before he wrote the real ones were "Scrambled eggs/ My baby has such beautiful legs" or some such. Now, with Jimmy Fallon, he has finally finished the (original) song:

 

 TODAY's MUSIC

Inevitably, we have "The Ballad of Julian Assange" —actually very "catchy," as it were.  Billy Braggish.

 
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Blogging the WikiLeaks: Weekend Edition!

As I've done for the previous  13 days, god help me, I will be updating news & views on all things WikiLeaks all weekend.  All times added at top are ET.  For more follow me at Twitter.  Read about my latest book here.

SUNDAY*******

11:15  The Guardian still not sure if the Amazon shutdown today was sparked by Anonymous or simply internal error.  Also covers the MasterCard hit today and Gawker.  On AMazon:   "A UK-based member of the group, known by his only pseudonym Coldbloodi, told the Guardian that Anonymous had made 'a brief attack' on Amazon earlier on Sunday, but said that all sites were shortly made available again.  Discussion within the chat forums where the group attempts to co-ordinate its efforts suggested its members were surprised at the idea that Amazon had gone offline."

11:00  Vatican responds to damaging cables carried by The Guardian. Calls them "unreliable" of course.   Surprised they aren't just trying to transfer them to another parish.

10:30 Since he was jailed in Wandsworth Prison—reputedly in the same cell that once housed Oscar Wilde—Julian Assange does not look a day older,  but will photos of him around the world show him suddenly aging rapidly (a la Dorian Gray)? 

10:25  New at NYT:  How a Canadian company got targeted by WikiLeaks fans—by accident.  Ouch.

8:35  David Carr's column for NYT  tomorrow, opens with "Has WikiLeaks changed journalism forever?"  Or the other way around, as it has increasingly partnered with MSM.  "Notice that with each successive release, WikiLeaks has become more strategic and has been rewarded with deeper, more extensive coverage of its revelations. It’s a long walk from WikiLeaks’s origins as a user-edited site held in common to something more akin to a traditional model of publishing, but seems to be in keeping with its manifesto to deliver documents with maximum possible impact."

8:25  The Guardian with cables showing Sinn Fein leaders allegedly knew of giant IRA bank heist.  Plus other Ireland-related cables.

7:25  Words I thought I'd never write: CNN covers Donald Rumsfeld hitting WikiLeaks—on Facebook.  Well, he does have a book coming out.

6:50  We mentioned the Sir David Frost TV segment on WikiLeaks earler, now here's the full 13-minute video.

5:15  Today's batch of cables covered at The Guardian all related to  the "-stans."   

4:50  After being down, Amazon in Europe is back.  Unclear if Anonymous involved at all.  Evgeny Morozov tweets: "Very interesting screenshot re Anonymous involvement in Amazon's downtime—tweet was later deleted from their feed."   http://goo.gl/N1L0D

4:05 TV pundits debate "Person of the Year"—Andrea Mitchell picks Tea Party, Chris Matthew goes for Sen. Mitch McConnell, couple votes for Assange.

4:00  CNN:  Rival OpenLeaks still set to launch tomorrow.

3:50  Australia's foreign minister promises to intervene to help Assange—get laptop in prison.

3:05  CBS:  Assange attorney Mark Stephens says US itchy to get hands on Assange and claims a grand jury has been secretly empaneled in Alexandria, VA for just that purpose.   See video with Sir David Frost.

2:10 Transcript of former Bush attorney general Mukasey on Fox's Wall Street Journal weekend show.  He strongly advocates using Espionage Act vs. Assange—but says NYT should be left alone as it is just re-publishing.  Which isn't even strictly true. Also claims Robert Gates saying leaks have not been that traumatic would help the defense in such a case. 

1:10  Steve Yelvington with fine new post on " Five Sad Reasons the American Press Isn't Outraged."   Concludes: "I keep coming back to a couple of basic principles. One is that the purpose of government is to protect the rights of the people. The other is that our first freedom is the right to speak freely the truth."

11:55  On this WikiLeaks lite Sunday, we've had time to link to WikiLeak jokes, videos, songs, and now WikiLeak games.   The gaming community inevitably is now on board—here is Tech Crunch story and one game to try.  Here's another.

11:30   NYT continues to cut back on covering the cables—just being careful, little big revelations left,  or worried about criticism from on high?  In stark contrast to The Guardian.  The other great unknown: How much did WikiLeaks go thru the cables and pick out the best when started working with the media on them—so perhaps the other 249,000 are pretty worthless? 

11:10  A little surprised that Wash Post editorial takes strong stand against WikiLeaks prosecutions.  Though it does slam Assange hard.

11:00  WL Central still a regular source on strictly pro-WikiLeaks material,  if you're so inclined, including media punditry. 

10:20  And, of course, there is now "The Ballad of Julian Assange," and very catchy.

 

 

10:10  Jezebel's take on how the "sex by surprise" meme got started.

 9:45  The 12 Leaks of Christmas: "12 hackers hacker, VISA sent packing...."  and so on. 

9:40  On Geraldo Rivera's Fox News show last night he said something like, "And as Assange fed cable leaks to the news media, he also fed his voracious sexual appetite...."

9:30  Some Wiki "Leek" humor at left.

9:10  The Guardian's excellent Wiki blog is quiet this weekend but here is their page that wraps things up from yesterday.  Check out the Pope's lack of tech savvy dimming his "moral megaphone."

8:50  SNL's cyberwar bit.

8:40      New from the Telegraph:  "Cables from the US embassy in Zimbabwe allege that President Robert Mugabe's family and the central bank governor are directly involved in the illegal smuggling of diamonds from the Marange fields, the world's richest concentration of alluvial gems and the scene of mass slaughter."

SATURDAY

11:35 p.m.  Neil Young with a message for Julian Assange?

10:55 We've posted all angles on this, now here is new piece at the Daily Mail with Assange's Swedish lawyer claiming to have seen "secret papers" that prove his accusers in sex abuse case had hidden agenda. "From what I have read, it is clear that the women are lying."

7:40  Assange's chief attorney Mark Stephens on Twitter @MarksLarks.

 4:40  We've had drugs, sex and now rock and roll in the cables, with The Guardian just out with news that North Koreans actually implored the US to get Eric Clapton to play a concert that might loosen up their glorious leader. "A confidential cable dated 22 May 2007 from the US ambassador in Seoul to Washington reveals North Korean officials 'suggested' to the Americans that because Kim Jong-il's second son, Kim Jong-chol, was 'a great fan' of the British guitarist, a 'performance could be an opportunity to build goodwill'. The report adds that 'arranging an Eric Clapton concert in Pyongyang… could be useful, given Kim Jong-il's second son's devotion to the rock legend'."

3:25 New NYT scoop by James Risen on Afghan drug lord who was paid informant for CIA and DEA—as embarrassing as any WIkiLeak?  Will US go after Risen?   From story:  Guy was even flown to meet with CIA in US "Even then, the United States was receiving reports that he was on his way to becoming Afghanistan’s most important narcotics trafficker by taking over the drug operations of his rivals and paying off Taliban leaders and corrupt politicians in President Hamid Karzai’s government."

3:20 Just online from tomorrow's NYT:  Scott Shane on keeping secrets "Wiki Safe."  Notes: "Traditional watchdog journalism, which has long accepted leaked information in dribs and drabs, has been joined by a new counterculture of information vigilantism that now promises disclosures by the terabyte. A bureaucrat can hide a library’s worth of documents on a key fob, and scatter them over the Internet to a dozen countries during a cigarette break.

2:55 Since you asked: A cell at Wandsworth in the 1940s.  And see PM David Cameron visiting a cell there in 2008.

2:45  As noted below, Assange apparently is occupying same cell at Wandsworth where Oscar WIlde stayed for several months in 1895.  Here's a lengthy account of WIlde's time there, well down the page, under "To and From Wandsworth" section.  Wilde was so ill he spent about half the time in the clinic, and there's an interesting political twist, too—but then nearly everything about Wilde was interesting.

2:30  Assange attorney says he is being kept in same prison cell once home for Oscar Wilde, in "Victorian conditions" (and not referring to high tea).  "He said that prison authorities had not given Assange the internet-disabled computer that those who are being detained, but have not been convicted of a crime are usually entitled to have if they can pay for it. Mr. Stephens said he would seek bail once again for  Assange at a hearing on Tuesday."

 

2:20  Obama still apologizing to governments abroad, calls WikiLeaks "deplorable."

1:20  Guy at PDF forum showing ambivalence, offering "shout out" to Bradley Manning and then saying "not necessarily a supporter." Carne Ross, the former UK ambassador,  then says not sure why everyone assumes Manning guilty of all claims against him, "implausible" that he could have downloaded all.

1:00 Arianna Huff  says at PDF forum: "A broken condom brings a whole new meaning to the term 'wikileaks.'"  

12:35  I linked to the rough cut of "Wiki Rebels" doc yesterday but here it is easy to click if you want—57 minutes.

 12:25  On another subject:  oing a live book chat & taking Qs—about amazing and influential Upton SInclair campaign for governor and birth of "media politics"—at FireDogLake today at 5 pm ET. 

12:15  The PDF forum is back and streaming after brief break.

11:40  Somone at PDF conference (see link to live stream below) reads new statement by Anonymous admitting it has only caused a "black eye" so far and shifts focus now to urging leaks and finding unpublicized leaks in what Wiki has put out.

11:35  Ironic that a big natiional story today is release of "new" Nixon tapes showing his racism and anti-Semitism—after nearly 40 years.

11:30  Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon  latest to bash Naomi Wolf over her piece on Assange and sex charges.  A different view on the "murky" case from The Age.

11:05  Gideon Levy kicks off his PDF remarks by noting "WikiLeaks is watching"—it just tweeted the live stream (see link below).  He then said "not helpful" to call WikiLeaks a "news organization," it's so different from others, "sui generis."   Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis and Carne Ross have already spoken, audience joining in soon.

10:50 Watch the PDF forum on WIki live, streaming here, with some great people.   Also @GritLaura and  @janehamsher and other tweeting it.

10:45  Far-fetched claim?  Article says Vatican cables today so "inflammatory" could spark violence against Catholics in UK. 

10:30  Aussie paper claims it gets direct leak from Wiki, embarrasses leaders (if true).

9:30  Published Wiki cables, in running count at their site, has creeped all the way up to.... 1,295.   Only 249,000 to go.

9:15  New cables: The Pope wanted Muslim Turkey out of European Union—and also lobbied against Hugo Chavez.

9:10  Thank god, we now have Piers Morgan involved!

8:50  The Guardian with several pieces on cables related to the Vatican, including big sex abuse cases in Ireland.   The Vatican can't transfer those stories back into hiding, so it urges caution in reading.

8:30  Evgeny Morozov, one of the sharpest guys covering this for days, tweets: "To understand Assange we need to re-read Koestler's 'Darkness at Noon,' one of his favorite novels." 

8:25  Financial Times on Assange, the "cornered crusader."  I am reminded of line from one of my favorite Bob Dylan songs: "To live outside the law /  you must be honest."    Here's George Harrison doing great cover of the song.

8:20  The Guardian op-ed hits Amazon move vs. Wiki and what it means for democracy.

8:15 Jessica Valenti in Wash Post on the dismissive coverage of the Assange sex charges—and what it reveals about US rape attitudes as well.

8:10  I've mentioned before, but here Guardian covers global pro-Assange protests.

8:00 Latest from The Guardian on Operation Payback and hacktivist plans.

From late Friday: 

McClatchy's Nancy Youssef:  Tying Assange to Manning won't be easy. ... NiemanLab with good end-of-week summary of the WIki and journo issues raised in past days, with dozens of key links.

Stephen Walt at Foreign Policy: Hey, why not arrest Bob Woodward, then? " I keep seeing the double-standards multiplying. Given how frequently government officials leak classified information in order to make themselves look good, box in their bureaucratic rivals, or tie the President's hands, it seems a little disingenuous of them to be so upset by Assange's activities."....  Ace blogger Digby hits media attempts to scare-monger WikiLeaks claims to have documents possibly showing corruption at a major bank—painting this as possibly "bringing down" the bank and wrecking people's savings.

 
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BLOGGING THE WIKILEAKS for Friday, Day 13

As I've done for the previous  12 days, god help me, 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's my weekend edition.

10:15 Jessica Valenti in Wash Post on the dismissive coverage of the Assange sex charges—and what it reveals about US rape attitudes as well.

6:30  WikiLeaks should send its 249,000 unpublished cables to Bernie Sanders for him to read during his epic filibuster, he could vet them as he goes along. Bernie now trending #1 and #2 at Twitter.

6:15  McClatchy's Nancy Youssef: Tying Assange to Manning won't be easy.

5:00 NiemanLab with good end-of-week summary of the WIki and journo issues raised in past days, with dozens of key links.

4:25 Stephen Walt at Foreign Policy: Hey, why not arrest Bob Woodward, then? "I keep seeing the double-standards multiplying. Given how frequently government officials leak classified information in order to make themselves look good, box in their bureaucratic rivals, or tie the President's hands, it seems a little disingenuous of them to be so upset by Assange's activities."

4:20  Ace blogger Digby hits media attempts to scare-monger WikiLeaks claims to have documents possibly showing corruption at a major bank —painting this as possibly "bringing down" the bank and wrecking people's savings.

3:30  Provocative Amy Davidson piece at The New Yorker on WIki, Anonymous, and how news outlets running cables not much different from Wiki—and, also, not wrong.  "But back to the counterattacks. Are those entirely disreputable? I suppose (and I am speaking only for myself here) that if one is honest about one’s own interests, it is good to know that if the government ever put pressure on private companies to stop The New Yorker from publishing classified information—as we have before, and I hope will again—that complying won’t seem, to those companies, to be the convenient and expedient route. They would worry about the response..."

3:10  After another one-day pause, NYT just returned to the Wiki cable fray with story on how US aided China on Myanmar.

3:05  Famed French newspaper Libération now hosting a Wikileaks mirror site 

3:00 Financial Times with report on cyberwarriors surprising experts—even their decentralized approach may help them.

2:45  Guardian writers hit US effort vs. Assange as constitutional.  

2:20  NYT blog with piece on Wikipedia getting sick of being confused with WikiLeaks.

2:15  Preview of Swedish doc, "Wiki Rebels." 

12:45  AP: Massive downloads today suggest cyber attacks gearing up to take down Amazon, Pay Pal.  "US data security company Imperva says downloads of the attack program used to bombard websites with bogus requests for data have jumped to over 40,000, with thousands of new downloads reported overnight."

12:35  New piece by Naomi Wolf at Huff Post on why we should all care about espionage law being trotted out vs. WikiLeaks.

12:05  I just caught up with Howie Kurtz piece today on Rupert Murdoch's outreach to the Saudis, from Wiki cable.

11:55  Mashable covers former WikiLeaks members launching Open Leaks.

11:30  On another front: Don't miss my live book chat about my "The Campaign of the Century" (Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California and birth of media politics) and ask your Q at Fire Dog Lake tomorrow at 5 pm ET.

11:15  Is today the day Wiki fever finally ebbs?  NYT has published revelations from cables only one day in past three. The Guardian's vital blog just shut down for the day (it usually goes into the night) possibly for the weekend. Perhaps just a lull as Assange awaits next legal move,  cyber warriors plot next moves, and fresh cables seek light of day.  

11:10  Great Guardian summary here of how Wiki cable revelations have played out, country-by-country.

11:05  Wiki site's running count shows still only 1,269 cables released—out of a quarter million.

10:55  Fresh from Colbert appearance, Dan Ellsberg re-visits Democracy Now!, continues to defend Assange and Manning.

10:45  WikiLeaks tweets: State department republishes Wikileaks' doc. Will they now try to sue themselves?

10:35  Glenn Greenwald hits TIME magazine for halfhearted correction after he pointed out errors. "In reality, the "correction" is nothing of the sort; it is instead a monument to the corrupted premise at the heart of American journalism."

10:10  Good McClatchy summary:  WikiLeak cables reveal extensive US military role in Muslim world—far more than officially acknowledged. 

10:00  Rep. Ron Paul on the floor of the House backing WikiLeaks and Assange.  Also raises issue of—if so heinous why no one going after NYT?  Attacks "lies" that got us into Iraq and the US war "empire."

9:50  The MasterCard site is down AGAIN, The Guardian just reported:  "The attack was due to begin at 2pm and within five minutes MasterCard's site was down. Note again that this solely affects the company's corporate website—not the millions of payments being processed through its customers' cards. Anonymous are doing it because they can. The group is digital strong-arming and will no doubt get a bit of short-term satisfaction from it."

9:40  Predictably good take at Foreign Policy by Evgeny Morozow on the future of Wikileaks and the media (and see his link to today's NYT discussion).  He looks at the new collaborative model with major news outlets and adds: "For WikiLeaks to be truly effective, someone knowledgeable—i.e. not just a geek on a quest for global justice—needs to look at the cables and tell a captivating story about them. In fact, the story needs to be so captivating that it would even make Cambodian cables from Macedonia look like a treat. "

9:15   Here's  Boing Boing's wacky 3-minute video of every single Wiki revelation of the past 12 days:

8:50  As always, start your day with the excellent and five-hours-ahead blog at The Guardian.  Right now with news on Moneybookers site taken down by Anonymous,  Pfizer in trouble over cables,  pro-Wiki protests,  Glenn Beck's rant, a tough column vs. some liberals who are hitting those rape accusations, a Chinese media unit joins Russia in proposing Assange for Nobel Peace Prize, and more.

8:30  ABC News reports that Assange and attorneys now preparing for expected US espionage charges—one lawyer, Jennifer Robinson,  calls this "imminent"—and extradition attempt.  "He is being held in solitary confinement with restricted access to a phone and his lawyers, Robinson said. "This means he is under significant surveillance but also means he has more restrictive conditions than other prisoners," she said. "Considering the circumstances he was incredibly positive and upbeat."

8:10  As we predicted, leading Pakistani newspapers today apologizing for carry fully false stories yesterday on fully fake WikiLeaks cables.

8:00  NYT confirms Reuters story from yesterday about rumored next big WikiLeaks release—on Guantanamo detainees, with Assange holding files on all 800 prisoners from awhile back.  "After a Reuters article reported that WikiLeaks has the files of every Guantánamo detainee, a government official told The Times that the government believed the claim was correct and that it referred to a set of nearly 800 detainee 'threat assessment' files compiled by the Pentagon during the Bush administration."

From last night: 

Dan Ellsberg debates Colbert on show, very truncated and Colbert closes with seemingly serious claim that US "won" war in iraq.....  James Rainey of LA Times on why WikiLeakers are not quite Rosa Parks, plus this advice: "Leaker-people, make your business about the leaks, not your leader." ... We reported earlier mystery of that Wiki-related e-book suddenly disappearing from Amazon.  Turns out author himself pulled it, not Amazon.... Wired:  Military bans thumb drives, disks, threatens court martials, to stop leaks....

Assange attorney, after meeting with him for one hour only, says Assange wishes to defend himself against charges he is directing or applauding hacking:  "It is absolutely false. He did not make any such instruction, and indeed he sees that as a deliberate attempt to conflate hacking organisations [with] WikiLeaks, which is not a hacking organisation. It is a news organisation and a publisher."

 

 
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Friday DAYBOOK: DADT Lives, Tax Cut Revolt Builds, WikiLeaks Debate Grows, Springsteen Does Dylan, 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 during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. Check out my new book on the wildest left-wing election campaign and the birth of "media politics" here.

MORNING ROAST

The depressing postponement of repeal of DADT in the Senate—a profile in lack of courage.

Still reeling from criticism from base on tax cut plan, Obama proposes overall tax overhaul for next year...  Obama's EPA is also retreating on long-expted toughter emissions standards in face of growing GOP strength...  David Brooks hails "Obama's Very Good Week." Enough said... Dave Weigel of Slate tweets: "Is anyone selling a 'YES, WE CAVE' shirt yet?"

Our man Jeremy Scahill' s testimony at House Judiciary Committee today on covert US shadow wars.

Here is my live blog today on WIkiLeaks news and views.

The "Palestinian Gandhi" remains in Israeli prison.  Also, check out recent great doc film  Bodrus for background on a predecessor.

Don't miss my live book chat about my  "The Campaign of the Century" (Upton Sinclair's race for governor of California and birth of media politics) and ask your Q at Fire Dog Lake tomorrow at 5 pm ET

I continue to live blog Wiki news and views every day. Here's yesterday's dozens of items. Some late highlights follow.

WIKI THURSDAY  

NYT confirms Reuters story from yesterday about rumored next big WikiLeaks release—on Guantanamo detainees, with Assange holding files on all 800 prisoners from awhile back... James Rainey of LA Times on why WikiLeakers are not quite Rosa Parks, plus this advice: "Leaker-people, make your business about the leaks, not your leader."... We reported earlier mystery of that Wiki-related e-book suddenly disappearing from Amazon.  Turns out author himself pulled it, not Amazon...  Wired: Military bans thumb drives, disks, threatens court martials, to stop leaks.

Assange attorney, after meeting with him for one hour only, says Assange wishes to defend himself against charges he is directing or applauding hacking: "It is absolutely false. He did not make any such instruction, and indeed he sees that as a deliberate attempt to conflate hacking organisations [with] WikiLeaks, which is not a hacking organisation. It is a news organisation and a publisher." Also planning for US espionage charges and extradition move, which some say may be imminent.

SORRY CHARLES  Prince Charles's car attacked in escalating London student protests over massive tuition hikes—but they thought he and others inside were merely "Tory scum."  But UK outraged....

BITS & PIECES  NYT joins Ebert in panning The Tourist—disappointment from director of the truly great The Lives of Others... Jim Morrison gets pardoned in Florida but still not pardoned for some of The Doors' crappy late albums.

 

TODAY's LAFF

Seemingly every WIki revelation of past twelve days boiled down in one wacky three-minute global recap.

 

TODAY's MUSIC

After this week, in and out of Congress, it seems like a good time to go with one of the greatest songs ever, Dylan's "Chimes of Freedom," here done by The Boss, 1988.  "Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned, the forsaked/ Tolling for the outcast, burning constantly at stake."

 

 
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Blogging the WikiLeaks, For Thursday, Day 12

As I've done for the previous 12 days, god help me, 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 my live blog for Friday.

11:50  Dan Ellsberg debates Colbert on show, very truncated and Colbert closes with seemingly serious claim that US "won" war in iraq.

10:40  NYT confirms Reuters story from yesterday about rumored next big WikiLeaks release—on Guantanamo detainees, with Assange holding files on all 800 prisoners from awhile back.  "After a Reuters article reported that WikiLeaks has the files of every Guantánamo detainee, a government official told The Times that the government believed the claim was correct and that it referred to a set of nearly 800 detainee 'threat assessment' files compiled by the Pentagon during the Bush administration."

10:15  May be apt to (nearly) end the day with this Boing Boing wacky 3-minute video of every single Wiki revelation of the past 12 days.  Update:  Also appears in my live blog for Friday.

 

8:55 James Rainey of LA Times on why WikiLeakers are not quite Rosa Parks, plus this advice: "Leaker-people, make your business about the leaks, not your leader. Focus on holding the world’s governments accountable for their actions. Don’t waste your time correcting every slight and bludgeoning every foe."

8:40  We reported earlier mystery of that Wiki-related e-book suddenly disappearing from Amazon.  Turns out author himself pulled it, not Amazon.

8:30  Wired:  Military bans thumb drives, disks, threatens court martials, to stop leaks.

8:20  SarahPac.com STILL down... like a caribou gunned down, one might say...

5:40  Assange attorney, after meeting with him for one hour only, says Assange wishes to defend himself against charges he is directing or applauding hacking:  "It is absolutely false. He did not make any such instruction, and indeed he sees that as a deliberate attempt to conflate hacking organisations [with] WikiLeaks, which is not a hacking organisation. It is a news organisation and a publisher."

5:30  My old friend Dan Ellsberg tweets that he will be on Colbert show tonight defending Assange and Manning.

5:05  New report:  Assange to be transferred to new unit at prison and gain some internet access (the world quakes in fear) but not his own laptop.   Story includes my favorite line of the day:  "Assange complained about the daytime TV...."   Wonder if Assange already has a tattoo, is writing poetry and getting marriage proposals from new pen pals.

4:40  The Guardian's daily late-afternoon WIki cable report includes big piece on witnesses claiming North Koreans helping Burmese maybe get nuclear bomb and build missile sites.  Evidence seems to be thin—let's hope NYT doesn't put at top of front-page like previous debunked North Korea to Iran missile story. 

4:30  If you missed, lengthy Assange interview at Opera Mundi, conducted Monday as he was about to turn himself in.   Had not seen reference to losing 100,000 Euros in frozen funds before.

4:20  Things we thought we'd never see: Photo of pro-Assange rally in...Pakistan.  Even carrying his face on signs.  Need more current photos of him, though.  Of course,  they are also making up fake cables there.

4:00  Page is now offline for that book of WIki cables that Amazon UK had been selling  in its Kindle store -- it ranked #73 there last we checked.   Whether it got hacked or Amazon pulled the book we don't know.

3:30  Pac Payback hack? Palin's SarahPac.com offline, could be victim of Op Payback again.

2:25 New piece from Paris by NYT's Steve Erlanger opens: "The United States considers itself a shining beacon of democracy and openness, but for many Europeans,  Washington’s fierce reaction to the flood of secret diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks displays imperial arrogance and hypocrisy, indicating a post-9/11 obsession with secrecy that contradicts American principles."

2:15  First arrest in hack attack?  It's a 16-year-old Dutch boy said to be involved in MasterCard bring down.  But story notes:  1000 others involved.

1:45  That collection of Wiki cables peddled—ironically—at the Amazon UK site has now reached #73 in ranking at the KIndle store there.

1:35  Remember the fears that Assange would get targeted by inmates in jail? Now Murdoch's Sky News in UK reports many are actually pushing notes of support into his cell. "A source at the prison said, among several notes Mr Assange received, are ones saying: 'Hi Julian—good luck,' '"Sorry you're in here—it's wrong' and 'We are one within here—Merry Christmas'".

1:30  New from Dan Gillmor at Salon:   WIll WikiLeaks affair lead to licensing of journalists?"

1:20  Another good piece by Andy Greenberg for Forbes—remember, he interviewed Assange last week.  He calls the hack attacks a "sideshow."  He notes:  "WikiLeaks... is treating its hacker legion’s’ efforts as little more than a PR stunt. Whether that stunt will backfire isn’t clear—though the attacks have likely created sympathy for WikiLeaks’ enemies, they’ve also made sure that the public takes notice of every firm that’s attempted to cut ties with the whistleblower site and forced them to explain their actions. But most importantly, this ongoing cyber skirmish won’t have any real effect on the steady drip of scandalous information from WikiLeaks."

12:35  MediaIte has full statement by Anonymous and video.  Not sure about the Orwell-Mahatma Gandhi-Ben Franklin echoes.

12:30  Huf Post now has a separate mini-site devoted to WikiLeaks but not very up to date (ahem).

11:45 State Dept spokesman P.J. Crowley inspired to submit three tweets in short order:   "US looks forward to hosting World Press Freedom Day. We welcome the discussion about media in the 21st Century .....While Julian Assange places journalists in authoritarian societies at risk through the release of cables, we are protecting them....No country believes in press freedom more than the United States. We practice what we preach."

11:35  Guardian says split among "Anonymous" attackers has cooled anti-Amazon effort, as many wanted to stick with sticking it to PayPal.

11:10  The Guardian's blog on visit to Assange in prison: "His solicitor, Mark Stephens, said he was "quite chipper, he seemed to be bearing up". Assange was wearing a grey prison tracksuit because he did not have three of his own outfits, a requirement for prisoners to wear their own clothes.  Assange, who is being held in a single cell in the prison's segregation unit, complained about the daytime television, Stephens said: "he doesn't have access to a computer, even without an internet connection, or to writing material. He's got some files but doesn't have any paper to write on and put in them."

"Stephens said Assange was concerned that 'people have unjustly accused WikiLeaks of inspiring cyber attacks and they have in no way inspired cyberattacks'."

10:55  Latest at the WIki site: Running count shows they have still only released 1203 cables, redacted and in conjunction with news outlets, even as media claims of "indiscriminate" release of "thousands" of documents continues.

10:50  Somehow combining the John Lennon memorial with Julian Assange, I cannot resist posting link to the Beatles' doing "Do You Want to Know a Secret?"   Closer, let me whisper in your ear.

10:40  Nieman Lab with a lengthy take on Wiki, a decade of hacking, and its main theme, "the future of news."

10:30  Full list of global pro-Wiki street protests here, including a few in NYC. 

10:20  Jack Hunter makes "the conservative case" for WIkiLeaks at The American Conservative.  Assange purportedly sort of like Jefferson.

10:00  WIkiLeaks, urged by some to distance itself from Anonymous and Operation Payback, has just released key statement that concludes:  "These denial of service attacks are believed to have originated from an internet gathering known as Anonymous. This group is not affiliated with Wikileaks. There has been no contact between any Wikileaks staffer and anyone at Anonymous. Wikileaks has not received any prior notice of any of Anonymous’ actions.  Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson said: 'We neither condemn nor applaud these attacks. We believe they are a reflection of public opinion on the actions of the targets.'”

9:55 More on Russia maybe backing Assange for Nobel Peace Prize.

9:50  I reported the tip yesterday afternoon and now it's happening: The Operation Payback attack on Amazon.  They have tweeted they are now "locked on."  However, my source yesterday said they were not super confident they had enough firepower for it .  So we'll see.  I can still get to my latest book at Amazon here.

9:35  Here's 4-minute clip from last night's Daily Show that we mentioned below, three fun views of Assange, ranging from super hero to super villain.   Closes with view that the only person who might leak the full info on the tangled  rape charges...is now in jail.

9:30   DataCell in Iceland says it is handling donations to WIkiLeaks and things going well despite cutoffs by other services.

9:25 Glenn Greenwald tweets "Hilarious: Joe Lieberman is in Global Internet Freedom Caucus & sponsored bill condemning Iran's Internet censorship." 

9:10  One of Assange's accusers in forced sex case may cease cooperating as attacks on case grow.

9:00   Wiki War & Peace, from the Guardian's blog:   "In what appears to be a calculated dig at the US, the Kremlin today urged non-governmental organisations to think seriously about 'nominating Assange as a Nobel Prize laureate'.... Public and non-governmental organizations should think of how to help him,'  the source from inside president Dmitry Medvedev's office told Russian news agencies. Speaking in Brussels, where Medvedev was attending a Russia-EU summit yesterday, the source went on: "Maybe, nominate him as a Nobel Prize laureate.'  Russia's reflexively suspicious leadership appears to have come round to WikiLeaks, having decided that the ongoing torrent of disclosures are ultimately far more damaging and disastrous to America's long-term geo-political interests than they are to Russia's."

8:40  CBS with new interview with Assange attorney Mark Stephens—last night Jon Stewart claimed he looks like Susan Boyle, by the way.  Stephens believes US in talks with Sweden to turn Assange over to US   Also:  Rape charges "a stitch."

8:25  Latest Guardian story on cables features Hugo Chavez under attack and allegedly making deals with foreign countries to keep afloat.

8:20  Why hasn't Facebook taken down the WikiLeaks page after deleting Operation Payback?  Their statement today:  "We haven't received any official requests to disable the Wikileaks page, or any notification that the articles posted on the page contain unlawful content. If we did, of course, we would review the material according to our rules and standards, and take it down if appropriate. But the mere existence of a Wikileaks page doesn't violate any law just like we don't take down other pages about controversial topics like Raoul Moat and Holocaust denial."

 8:10  In interview with a Guardian staffer, an Operation Payback guy seems to rule out attack on Twitter, saying it's too good a communication tool for them and others.

8:00   Let's open the day with gift from those wacky Taiwan animation folks, on Assange's arrest and cyberwar.

Here's the latest from late yesterday:

Through the looking glass:  A week after WikiLeaks confirms Karzai as one of most corrupt leaders, Robt Gates hails his "statesmanlike" response to those revelations, and for being a good "partner."  ...  To close the day and lull you to sleep, you may need the "WikiLeaks Samba," just up at YouTube, fun music with a point..... New NYT piece on Facebook and Twitter now embroiled in WikiLeaks war.

Glenn Greenwald updates an earlier post with audio of his radio debate with John Burns and James Rubin, and his commentary. Rubin had the nerve to actually hit WikiLeaks for releasing cable that NYT misrepresented on N. Korea sending missiles to Iran.  He also defended US going along with Yemen's lies about it, not US, conducting bombing in that country.

Huge story: Reuters' Mark Hosenball reports just now:  "WikiLeaks' next assault on Washington may highlight USgovernment reports on suspected militants held at  Guantanamo Bay, which some US officials worry could show certain detainees were freed despite intelligence assessments they were still dangerous." Assange has claimed to have files on every prisoner. 

Okay!  After too long an absence, the Somali Pirates re-appear in a big WIki cable story, from NYT.   It seems, as they write,  "Pirates’ Catch Exposed Route of Arms in Sudan Conflict."  


 
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Thursday DAYBOOK: Tax Cut Revolt Grows, So Does Wiki 'CyberWar,' TIME Boosts Palin, 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 during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. Check out my new book on the wildest left-wing election campaign and the birth of "media politics" here.

MORNING ROAST

NYT in editorial urges Dems to vote for Obama tax deal, best they can get .... Bloomberg Poll: Obama tax deal still deeply unpopular. ... Gail Collins to liberal Dems:  Congrats, Obama finally got mad!  Now the bad news: He got mad at YOU!.....

Through the looking glass:  A week after WikiLeaks confirms Karzai as one of most corrupt leaders, Robt Gates hails his "statesmanlike" response to those revelations, and for being a good "partner." ...Pew survey finds the public evenly split on whether media reporting WikiLeaks cables is good or bad for—the public..... My live blog of Wiki news and view today is here.

The House narrowly approves Dream Act—but Senate outlook not great.  

What a shock: TIME magazine cover today on Palin.  She claims Americans agree with her on all the issues, which is demonstrably false. ... Another surprise (?): GOPers now feeling uneasy with pledges to end earmarks.

Ohio columnist Connie Schultz (also a senator's wife) on how Elizabeth Edwards rewrote script for political wives.  But if you want to feel sick: Westboro Baptist Church says it plans to picket her funeral.

Our own Jeremy Scahill to testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee on  national security policy this morning.

In Florida, ground zero for foreclosures, there's a rally Homeless for Holidays Rally Protesting Foreclosure Fraud, at the West Palm Beach courthouse today, at 2 p.m.

BECK: THE SHILL IS GONE  Court seizes & freezes assets of that gold company Glenn Beck was shilling for. Fraud. 

PRIMARY PROBLEM   Politico claims no way will there be a primary challenge to Obama, and that's the end of it—they say.   Feingold and Dean won't do it and "Obama enjoys overwhelming and unwavering support among African-Americans, a pillar of the Democratic coalition" ...  As talk of possible primary challenge to Obama grows,  conservative columnist Ross Douthat, even joking, gets it wrong in proposing Arianna Huff to run against Obama—she was born in Greece.

ELECTION FINALLY OVER—STILL TURNED OUT BAD  GOPer concedes to Bishop in NY in last undecided House race—final tally for Repubs, plus 63.

THURSDAY IN WIKILEAKS   Latest from last night, as I followed it at my Blogging the WIkiLeaks:   New NYT piece on Facebook and Twitter now embroiled in WikiLeaks war. ....: Reuters' Mark Hosenball reports Wiki's next big release could involve Gimo and Assange has claimed to have files on every prisoner.... After too long an absence, the Somali Pirates re-appear in a big WIki cable story, from NYT.   It seems, as they say,  "Pirates’ Catch Exposed Route of Arms in Sudan Conflict." ...  The AP on how the hackers are doing it:  "The hacking group Anonymous, known for previous attacks on the Church of Scientology and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, is distributing software tools to allow anyone with a computer and an internet connection to join in the attacks as part of 'Operation Payback.' Such tools are widely available on the internet and can easily launch a large number of attacks on targeted websites, said Dean Turner from the computer security firm Symantec."

And now we have one of those wacky animations from Taiwan on the arrest of Assange and the new "cyberwar" to enjoy:

 

THE BIDNESS REPORT  Two more days, folks, to bid at The Nation auction, even for five different classic books by yours truly all signed with a name, probably mine.

BITS & PIECES  News break from London: Tony Blair being called back to again give evidence to Chilcot inquiry on Iraq..... Marking John Lennon's death: I recall my contact with him in 1970s.... When's the last time (ever?) you saw a fairly well-known person die at age 108? ... 

TODAY's LAFF

The Nick Clegg Rap—on raising those school fees—with help from Pink Floyd.

 

TODAY's MUSIC

It's the WIki-Wiki-WikiLeaks Samba.

 

 
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BLOGGING THE WIKILEAKS for Wednesday, Day 11

As I've done for the ten days, god help me, 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's my live blog for Thursday.

11:30   Through the looking glass:  A week after WikiLeaks confirms Karzai as one of most corrupt leaders, Robt Gates hails his "statesmanlike" response to those revelations, and for being a good "partner." 

10:40  To close the day and lull you to sleep, you may need the "WikiLeaks Samba," just up at YouTube, fun music with a point.

10:30  Glenn Greenwald updates an earlier post with audio of his radio debate with John Burns and James Rubin, and his commentary. Rubin had the nerve to actually hit WikiLeaks for releasing cable that NYT misrepresented on N. Korea sending missiles to Iran.  He also defended U.S. going along with Yemen's lies about it, not U.S., conducting bombing in that country.

8:55  Huge story: Reuters' Mark Hosenball reports just now:  "WikiLeaks' next assault on Washington may highlight U.S. government reports on suspected militants held at  Guantanamo Bay, which some U.S. officials worry could show certain detainees were freed despite intelligence assessments they were still dangerous." Assange has claimed to have files on every prisoner.  "The leaks could be an embarrassment to President Barack Obama's administration, already angered over WikiLeaks document dumps of U.S. State Department cables, as it seeks to fulfill a 2-year-old pledge to close the prison and either release the foreign terrorism suspects or move them elsewhere."

 8:40  Okay!  After too long an absence, the Somali Pirates re-appear in a big WIki cable story, from NYT.   It seems, as they write,  "Pirates’ Catch Exposed Route of Arms in Sudan Conflict."   And, naturally,  "Bush administration officials knew of the earlier weapons transactions and chose not to shut them down, an official from southern Sudan asserted in an interview..."

8:00 New NYT piece on Facebook and Twitter now embroiled in WikiLeaks war. 

7:45   The AP (via The Guardian) on how the hackers are doing it:  "The hacking group Anonymous, known for previous attacks on the Church of Scientology and Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, is distributing software tools to allow anyone with a computer and an internet connection to join in the attacks as part of 'Operation Payback.' Such tools are widely available on the internet and can easily launch a large number of attacks on targeted websites, said Dean Turner from the computer security firm Symantec."

7:40  Provocative take by Robert X. Cringely (real name) of Infoworld:   The Web will "eat itself"  over Wikileaks.  "It's the first all-out cyber war, not between nations but between factions: those who agree with what WikiLeaks is trying to do, and those who oppose them. Nearly everybody is picking sides.... this is the single most important story to hit the Internet ever....What will happen as a result of the WikiLeaks Cablegate? A tighter, more ruthless clampdown on information, with more serious consequences for the leakers."

6:55   Battle of the Bulge, NYT now reports:  "By Wednesday afternoon, a counterattack had begun with Netcraft, a British Internet monitoring firm, reporting that the Web site being used by the hackers to distribute denial-of-service software had been suspended by a Dutch hosting firm, Leaseweb."

6:50  The Guardian has updated statement by PayPal that does not clarify matters--still claims it moved against Wiki because they broke law -- but we still don't know what law that might have been.   Also: VISA claims transactions not stopped yet.

6:45 Whack-a-Mole time:  Operation Payback re-surfaces (briefly?) at Twitter with new feed: @Anon_Operationn

6:35  Twitter has suspended the Operation Payback related feed @anon_operation   And VISA site seems to be back, just now, anyway, for me.

6:00  ABC: Palin claims she, her sites and personal info  under cyber attack by WikiLeak hackers, says no one covering their "antics." Hardly.  See below, e.g.

5:50  From The Guardian just now:  "The vice president of Bolivia, Alvaro Garcia Linera, has posted
all the leaked US diplomatic cables about his country on his official website
.  Garcia says he wants Bolivians to know the 'barbarities and insults' of what he called Washington's 'interventionist infiltration'. Bolivia's leftwing leaders expelled the US ambassador in 2008, accusing him of conspiring against the country."

4:45  NYT, after pausing one day, out with new WIki cable revelations, mainly re: China and dissident,  and Germany and captive. The Guardian's lead just now  is Shell claiming to have "inserted staff" and fully infiltrated Nigeria's government.

4:35  Now Operation Payback says it has brought down Visa site -- and indeed CNN and others report evidence that it is offline.  "Keeping firing" they urge via Twitter.  Their @anon_operation Twitter feed also just reported: " FACEBOOK JUST BANNED OUR PAGE : http://image.bayimg.com/jabbmaade.jpg "

4:30  New Pew poll finds  the public evenly split on whether media reporting WikiLeaks cables is good or bad for -- the public.   And was more support for previous Afghan/Iraq releases.  But how many have really been paying attention is the question.

4:00 Glenn Greenwald on his various radio debates today, has audio for one, and reports on one including John Burns of NYT, still "seething" over Glenn's critique of his Assange profile a few weeks back, and James Rubin. Greenwald continues to claim most of the Wiki critics make demonstrably "false" statements in their arguments and promises to review latest from the Burns and Rubin debate.

3:10   New video: NYT media guys David Carr and Brian Stelter talk about how Assange bust may change coverage.

2:45  Salon interviews The Guardian's legal editor, and gets word on conditions Assange faces (that's the prison at left): He gets phone calls and visitors, but no internet (but if anyone can leak something out, would be him).  Better living conditions than those already convicted.  Has to be out within 21 days for hearing but could be out within a week if new bail move works.  "As far as I know he's not being kept under particularly high security conditions, just usual prison conditions."  Also some good stuff on how Assange is viewed in UK, and chances for extradition.

2:40  Major new NYT piece on today's cyberattacks. 

2:30  If you've missed it, here's the entire Glenn Beck (or is that Jon Stewart?)  take on Assange, complete with chalkboard.   “I want you to know the government is lying to you,” Beck proclaims, “I have made a living over the last two years telling you the government is lying. Julian Assange isn’t saying anything new…He is a dangerous man… I want smaller government, he’s anti-goverment.”

2:20  Just a rumor that has come to me, but here it is:   Operation Payback's next target will  be Amazon and cloud comp servers, but they worry they don't have enough botnets to bring it down.

1:20  The Guardian with new profile of "Anonymous" and Operation Payback (I linked to their WIkipedia entry below)

1:15 Not sure how big an effort this is, but via Facebook a call has gone out for a protest outside NYT building in NYC against the "backlash" vs.  WikiLeaks.    More news on protests and a lot more at WL Central site.

12:55  Assange lawyer: We want extradition hearings in Britain because of it  its "strong tradition of liberty."   Meanwhile, anyone seen any reports on Assange's first day in the Dickensesque prison?

12:45  Sorry, just catching up to this Wiki cable revelation from late yesterday on Saudi royals turning blind eye to laws  to throw sex and drug parties!

12:30  The NYT's Lede blog keeps updating its story on MasterCard, PayPal etc. attacks.  

12:00  Update (via The Guardian)-- MasterCard admits severity of hack attack with statement:  "Please be advised that MasterCard SecureCode Support has detected a service disruption to the MasterCard Directory Server. The Directory Server service has been failed over to a secondary site however customers may still be experiencing intermittent connectivity issues. More information on the estimated time of recovery will be shared in due course."

11:40  Amanda Marcotte with another piece at Slate on why there's "no need to attack" women filing charges against Assange.

11:15  Tony Blair being called back to testify in Chilcot inquiry on Iraq not related to new Wiki docs, but papers declassified by his government back in June.

11:10  Oh really?  U.S. State Dept. spokesman P.J. Crowley just tweeted:  "The U.S. government did not write to PayPal requesting any action regarding #WikiLeaks. Not true."

11:00  CJR: What his homeland Aussie press is saying about Assange.   Well, at least they can forget Mel Gibson for awhile.

10:55  News break from London: Tony Blair being called back to again give evidence to Chilcot inquiry on Iraq. WikiLeaks related?

10:25  Politico running contest on who should play Assange in the movie.  Some weak candidates plus Ralph FIennes -- who is too old.

10:15  Background on Operation Payback at the other Wiki -- Wikipedia.

10:00 NYT "The Lede" blog, which has amped up coverage in the past day,  today notes the paper's "pause" in its Wiki cable scoops yesterday.  As we've posted, the paper had promised nine days of coverage and yesterday was day 10, and probably just coincidence it came on day of 1) Assange arrest  2) Lieberman threat against Times.  We'll see what comes out later today.

9:50  MasterCard remains tight-lipped on hack attack, admitting to AP it is suffering heavy traffic and that's about it.

9:30  Dan Ellsberg with a statement on his site backing WikiLeaks, saying all of current attacks were made against him re: Pentagon Papers.

8:50  From The Guardian:  Twitter claims it has NOT been blocking @wikileaks and #cablegate as trending topics, saying it's all automatic.  This in response to speculation that Operation Payback, after freezing MasterCard site, will now go after PayPal and Twitter.

8:40  Tech Crunch:  PayPal finally admits that it cut ties to WikiLeaks under pressure from U.S. government.

8:20 Assange lawyer We are afraid for him, both for his safety & that he won’t get due process.

8:15:   Amazing:   pro-WikiLeaks hackers freeze MasterCard site.  Company claims members can still use cards "securely."   

8:00  New column from Robert Wright in NYT:  " Assange has acctually helped neo-cons more so far--but if U.S.acts wisely he'll have more positive impact.   "This would mean killing fewer terrorists in the short run, but it would probably mean creating way fewer of them in the long run."

Latest from Tuesday night:

11:30  Big NYT piece on new ways Justice seeks to nail Assange.  Especially if he directed Manning.  Not much on Lieberman threat vs. Times, however. 

7:50   No NYT scoops today from WikiLeaks-- but they had promised nine-day run and today is day 10.    But as noted below, The Guardian did continue.

5:45 Now here's  the Wiki story of the week: Cables reveal beamed-in "Desperate Housewives" and David Letterman doing more to dissuade Saudi youth from radicalism than zillion dollar  U.S. efforts.  "[T]he shows are being allowed as part of the kingdom's "war of ideas" against extremist elements. According to a secret cable titled David Letterman: Agent of Influence,  they have been proving more effective than Washington's main propaganda tool, the US-funded al-Hurra TV news channel."   Letterman:  Top 10 Reasons Not to Jihad?

5:35 Another mind-boggler at The Guardian from today's doc dump: The Saudis proposed Arab/NATO/U.S./UN force to intervene in Lebanon two years ago to end Iranian-backed Hezbollah's siege of government.

 
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Wednesday DAYBOOK: Tax Deal Hit, Wiki Hackers Freeze Mastercard, Elizabeth Edwards, John Lennon, 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 during the day. Keep up with fresh items via @gregmitch at Twitter. E-mail me at: epic1934@aol.com. Check out my new book on the wildest left-wing election campaign and the birth of "media politics" here

BREAKFAST BLEND

Amazing: Pro-WikiLeaks hackers bring down MasterCard site. Company claims members can still use cards securely. PayPal admits it buckled under US pressure. I am live-blogging all things Wikileaks again all day here.

Full obit for Elizabeth Edwards, who passed away yesterday at 61.

NYT says families making less than $40K actually will pay more under Obama tax deal, amid choice tax cuts for wealthy.... Maddow hits Obama....  Rep. Anthony Weiner, among others (even Sen. Mary Landrieu) hopping mad. Chuck Todd: Pelosi does not have votes in House right now for the deal—"triple digit" opposition... Mark Whitaker on MSNBC: we finally saw Obama at press conference with passion—"a passion for pragmatism."....

Poll finds most Obama contributors LESS likely to support Obama/Dems after tax deal.... Kevin Drum at Mother Jones says deal not that bad.... Keith Olbermann disagrees, hits Obama for ignoring base, in special comment. 

Marking John Lennon's death 30 years ago: columns by Ray DaviesYoko Ono, and others elsewhere. My own memories of having some contact with Lennon back in the 1970s: "just pissing about." 

NOTE: Once again, I am doing a slightly Daybook today due to continuing "Blogging the WikiLeaks." Here is yesterday's edition and now today's. Some of the late highlights from Monday:

WIKI LEAKS TUESDAY  Big NYT piece on new ways Justice seeks to nail Assange.  Especially if he directed Manning.  Not much on Lieberman threat vs. Times, however. ... No NYT scoops today from WikiLeaks—but they had promised nine-day run and today is day 10. ... Now here's  the Wiki story of the week: Cables reveal beamed-in "Desperate Housewives" and David Letterman doing more to dissuade Saudi youth from radicalism than zillion dollar US efforts.  "[T]he shows are being allowed as part of the kingdom's "war of ideas" against extremist elements. According to a secret cable titled David Letterman: Agent of Influence, they have been proving more effective than Washington's main propaganda tool, the US-funded al-Hurra TV news channel." Letterman: Top 10 Reasons Not to Jihad?.... Another mind-boggler at The Guardian from today's doc dump: The Saudis proposed Arab/NATO/US/UN force to intervene in Lebanon two years ago to end Iranian-backed Hezbollah's siege of government.

OLD BOSS NOT SAME AS NEW BOSS  38 years ago this week I met Bruce Springsteen at Sing Sing prison.  Here's how. 

BITS & PIECES  This must be said: Obama's hair now more salt than pepper. And no wonder... Garry Trudeau on Colbert show.....

TODAY's LAFF

It's hard to improve on the real thing—the new trailer for Jodie Foster's film featuring Mel Gibson as man who can communicate only through a beaver puppet on his hand—but here it is mixed with Mel's infamous phone rants.

 

 

TODAY's MUSIC

One of the great solo John Lennon songs, if mainly overlooked today.

 

 
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Remembering John Lennon, 30 Years On: Days in a Life

The flood of tributes, anecdotes and guest columns (Yoko Ono and Ray Davies at The New York Times, for example) related to the thirtieth anniversary of John Lennon's passing has begun.  My generational involvement with Lennon, of course, was enormous, starting in tenth grade with Beatlemania—he was always my "favorite Beatle"—and through my college years and then well into the 1970s, with a more professional (if slight) relationship.

I had some contact with Lennon during that latter period, as senior editor at Crawdaddy magazine. In 1971, John and Yoko gave us exclusive interviews for a cover story (probably because his politics matched ours) and John took the incredible step of buying a full-page ad in the New York Times to promote it—quite a boost for us.

Then he sent us a track-by-track assessment of his Imagine album, including an explanation of why he wrote "How Do You Sleep?" as a response to Paul McCartney's slam at him on Ram for allegedly breaking up The Beatles. John called his song "an angry letter" but also a way to "have some fun." But he extended an olive branch by closing the piece with congrats to Paul on the birth of a child.

He also commented on the title track of the album: "It's a song for children." (By the way, Tom Morello at Rolling Stone recently picked "Imagine" as the #1 "protest" song of all-time.)

A little later, Lennon sent us some lyrics for his upcoming, ultra-political Sometime in New York City album, with song titles like "Attica State" and "Sunday Bloody Sunday," tributes to feminism and Angela Davis and a call for freedom for imprisoned (for marijuana) John Sinclair.  "John Sinclair, John Sinclair/ In the stir for breathing air." And, with even more controversy, "Woman is Nigger of the World."

The album cover looked like the front page of a newspaper—and the record was a commercial flop. John was hanging out at the time with Jerry Rubin and downtown potmeister and street singer David Peel. It wasn't unusual to hear a friend say they'd been at someone's apartment the night before and the ex-Beatle came around and "rapped" for awhile. 

Still later, he sat for another exclusive cover story for us during his brief, and drunken, sojourn in LA before he returned to Yoko and NYC again, for good. One of my boyhood friends, Patrick Snyder, who long idolized Lennon, did that interview.  Patrick had sent me the single most moving note following my mother's death, simply quoting lines from "In My Life."   (There are people I remember.....)  

Finally, in 1975, he responded to my request for a contribution to a special issue about "Growing Up" by sending me a brief note with a photo of him in a men's room at a urinal and the hand-inscribed caption "Just Pissing About"—pure Lennonesque humor. Still have it, of course.

Of coruse, I was still in NYC five years later when Lennon was shot, and attended the giant Central Park memorial the following weekend.

Well, enough about me. Here's a clip from the LennonNYC movie that has been airing on PBS.

 

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BLOGGING THE WIKILEAKS for Tuesday—Assange Arrested and More—Return Here for Live Updates

As I've done for the ten days, god help me, Ie 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.

9:20  New column from Robert Wright in NYT:  " Assange has acctually helped neo-cons more so far--but if U.S.acts wisely he'll have more positive impact.   "This would mean killing fewer terrorists in the short run, but it would probably mean creating way fewer of them in the long run."

11:30  Big NYT piece on new ways Justice seeks to nail Assange.  Especially if he directed Manning.  Not much on Lieberman threat vs. Times, however. 

7:50   No NYT scoops today from WikiLeaks-- but they had promised nine-day run and today is day 10.    But as noted below, The Guardian did continue.

5:45 Now here's  the Wiki story of the week: Cables reveal beamed-in "Desperate Housewives" and David Letterman doing more to dissuade Saudi youth from radicalism than zillion dollar  U.S. efforts.  "[T]he shows are being allowed as part of the kingdom's "war of ideas" against extremist elements. According to a secret cable titled David Letterman: Agent of Influence,  they have been proving more effective than Washington's main propaganda tool, the US-funded al-Hurra TV news channel."   Letterman:  Top 10 Reasons Not to Jihad?

5:35 Another mind-boggler at The Guardian from today's doc dump: The Saudis proposed Arab/NATO/U.S./UN force to intervene in Lebanon two years ago to end Iranian-backed Hezbollah's siege of government.

5:20  MIke Calderone at Yahoo gets response from NYT on Lieberman wish to probe them: "We believe that our decision to publish was responsible journalism, legal, and important to a democratic society," Times spokeswoman Danielle Rhoades said.

5:10  Dan Gilmor at Salon: Defend WikiLeaks or lose free speech... 

4:40  It's a Gaddafi awful day in new Wiki scoops at The Guardian. 

4:30  Statement by The Guardian:  "The charges [against Julian Assange] relate to alleged sex offences in Sweden and appear to have no bearing on the original leak of the US embassy cables, or on the Guardian's publication of the material. We have been told by WikiLeaks that Mr Assange's arrest will not affect plans for the publication of further cables."

4:25 Fun tweet by Matt Ygelsias: " Instead of releasing all these documents, Assange should have held them hostage and negotiated for tax cuts."

3:45   Where in the world was Julian Assange the past few days and much of past few months? Turns out, quite aptly, at a well-known club for foreign journos in Paddington, west London.   But none of the journos saw him there?  Or they did and did not report?   In any case, pretty far from my daughter in Brixton.

3:40  NYT blog posts video report from Channel 4 in London on Assange's day, including celebrities types defending him.

3:30  Assange gets the classic artist's sketch of him before the judge this morning. 

3:25  Kate Harding at Salon hits WikiLeaks backers (including Naomi Wolf) who allegedly don't take rape charges seriously and/or "smear" accusers.

3:05  Palin on Twitter complains Assange misquoted her in his Aussie article today, claiming she said he should be hunted down like "Osama bin Laden."  What she actually said was he should be hunted down like al-Qaeda leaders.  Get it?

3:00  Obama press conf ends with no questions on WikiLeaks.  Would have loved to see him asked about Lieberman's call for probe of NYT.

2:40  Glenn Greenwald accuses Todd Gitlin, Matt Lauer and others of continuing to spread falsehoods about WikiLeaks, and more.

2:15  The Guardian cites this "joke of the week" from tweeter @lairdyarrow:  "Freedom of Speech - Priceless. For everything else, there's MasterCard."

1:35  Now here's video of Lieberman on Fox (as we reported below)  hinting about maybe taking action against NYT.    "I have said this is a serious legal question that has to be answered...This is very sensitive stuff because it gets into America's First Amendment.... What about the news organizations who accepted it and distributed it?....Whether they committed a crime I think that bears very  intensive inquiry by the Justice Dept." 

1:30  The Guardian says sources, unconfirmed, say Assange taken to Wandsworth,  largest prison in UK (1600 beds) and links to this grim photo of it.

1:25  Is WikiLeaks a laughing matter? Dana Milbank and a colleague test the idea, perhaps weakly, at Wash Post. 

1:10  Many rightwingers actually defending Assange on sex charges, with blasts at (I guess) "politically correct" rape laws etc.  Then there's this from Rush Limbaugh:   "Lily-White Assange Is Perfect For Eric Holder To Prosecute." 

1:00  In irony of ironies, U.S. State Dept. announces it will host World Press Freedom Day.  Read the text for a chuckle or groan.

12:40  Check out below and then ponder:  If U.S. goes after them hard, how hard will NYT resist?  How would courts rule? 

12:20  Okay, here we go, at last: Joe Lieberman on Fox News just suggested it is may now be time to go after NYT  -- via verbal assaults or the courts --  for its WikiLeaking.  Lieberman:  "To me the New York Times has committed at least an act of bad citizenship, but whether they have committed a crime is a matter of discussion for the Justice Department."

12:15  The attack on WikiLeaks -- a useful timeline from The Guardian.

12:10 After nearly a full day of Assange focus, and now arrest, will be interesting to see if it shifts back to Wiki revelations as the usual afternoon document dump approaches.  But as I noted below, the NYT on Day 1 had suggested nine days of major coverage, so wondering if that was about to run out anyway.  Or, more likely, the release of documents--so far still only about 1000--was slower than anyone thought.  But one wonders if some in media will back away due to "taint" of charges today, even if not WIki-related and unproven.

11: 15   More from The Guardian:  "Charles Arthur, the Guardian's technology editor, points out that while MasterCard and Visa have cut WikiLeaks off you can still use those cards to donate to overtly racist organisations such as the Knights Party, which is supported by the Ku Klux Klan.  The Ku Klux Klan website directs users to a site called Christian Concepts. It takes Visa and MasterCard donations for users willing to state that they are 'white and not of racially mixed descent. I am not married to a non-white. I do not date non-whites nor do I have non-white dependents.'"

11:10  From The Guardian blog:  "The decision to deny Assange bail is less surprising than many might think. Rape is a notoriously difficult offence for which to get bail in criminal proceedings. In many cases this is because of the risk of reoffending or danger to the victim.  But in Assange's case – as is often an issue with extradition proceedings – the problem is the lack of a permanent address in the UK, the difficulty of setting clear bail conditions that would persuade prosecutors that his whereabouts could be guaranteed, and the risk of his absconding."

10:55 Details, details.  News sources suggest Assange team was wiling to pay up to $280,000 in bail.   Assange refused to give home address, also DNA and fingerprints, tweets Heather Brooke.  

10:45  Glenn Greenwald back on Demcoracy Now! today on the "war" against WikiLeaks.

10:35  The Guardian with full report on Assange being denied bail and more.  Plus this: judge said these were "serious allegations against someone who has comparatively weak community ties in this country and the means and ability to abscond".   Lawye says no evidence presented.  Will make further requests for bail.

10:20  Naomi Wolff at Huff Post mocks Interpol for going after Assange so strongly on sex charges.

10:05  Assange remanded to custody until at least December 14 -- and bail refused.  AP:   "He was asked whether he understood that he could consent to be extradited to Sweden, where he faces allegations of rape, molestation and unlawful coercion.  Clearing his throat, Assange said: 'I understand that and I do not consent.'"

 9:55  Details of sex charges read off in court, including woman claiming she was asleep at the time, which seems to be new. 

9:50  When NYT released first WIki cables a week ago Sunday, it called it Day 1 of a nine-day series.  Now day nine has passed--coincidentally aligned with Assange's arrest.  So will the Times have its usual late afternoon major Wiki scoops today? Stay tuned.

9:40  The Guardian's site is virtually live inside the Assange hearing.  Latest:   "Assange sought consular assistance from the Australian high commission, according to Channel 4 News. Sky claims that members of the commission are inside the court with Assange." 

9:30  As noted below, Assange has an article in Aussie paper, where he cites Rupert Murdoch's dad exposing truths about Gallipoli.  He also talks about this:  "People have said I am anti-war: for the record, I am not. Sometimes nations need to go to war, and there are just wars. But there is nothing more wrong than a government lying to its people about those wars, then asking these same citizens to put their lives and their taxes on the line for those lies. If a war is justified, then tell the truth and the people will decide whether to support it.:

9:25 NYT's blog items at The Lede: Assange to release video today, also he wrote article for Australian newspaper -- and his lawyer arrived in court today wearing a skull & cross bones tie.

9:10  Now Visa suspends payments to WIkiLeaks -- after MasterCard made same move.   WikiLeaks has made appeal for funds via Twitter--but how would people donate?

9:05  Robert Gates on hearing news of Assange's arrest:  "I hadn't heard that, but that sounds like good news to me."   

9:00  All the details on the extradition process.

8:55  Sen. Feisntein's WSJ op-ed here, calling for use of Espionage Act vs. WikiLeaks.  It's like they shouted "Fire" in crowded theater, she says.

8:50   Here's the main NYT story on arrest, more to come.

8:40   WikiLeaks will keep releasing cables despite Assange arrest and other legal moves, steps in place.

8:30   Assange arrested in London, so start at The Guardian main page for full coverage.

Here is yesterday's edition.   Some of the late highlights: 

NYT updates legal moves against Assange and his threat to "automatically" release rest of cables and more if he is busted.....The Guardian:  Assange expected in court tomorrow -- appeals to supporters to help make bond. ...  NYT blog wraps up threats to Assange's son, lawyer's response and the son's blogging.... NYT with its daily late-afternoon Wiki report, today going from the Baltic and Russia to difficulty in halting arms flow in Middle East....  Final paragraph here clearly lays out sex charges against Assange as involving  condom mis-use.   The Guardian with more details. 

 
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