Back by popular demand, at least for a limited run, is my daily collection of items and links related to all things WikiLeaks. I did this for about six months until Wiki news faded and important new issues (and new book Atomic Cover-Up) arose. Now WikiLeaks is very much back in the news, following the leakage of the full file of 250,000 US diplomatic cables—with some new revelations, not found by major media but crowd-sourced this time, starting at Twitter. Then there’s the angry debate about who did it and why and how the password got out (via David Leigh and the Guardian book?). We’ll start posting some of the latest development, as always, latest at the top with the time in ET. And you can still check out my books and e-books The Age of WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning And away we go.


5:40  Remember Geoff Morrell? Pentagon flack who 1) hit Wikileaks repeatedly and 2) defended treatment of Bradley Manning at Quantico?   Now, very aptly, named head of communications at ….wait for it ….BP.  

10:45  NYT covers those new WikiLeaks cables re: China.

9:20  Dave Winer’s Scripting News: Catching up with Wikileaks.

9:05  Far too many scoops from new cables release from around the world to recount here.   The @WikiLeaks Twitter feed linking to many of them. 


11:00  "60 Minutes" repeated its Assange interview segment tonight, with a few updates.

6:25  Al Jazeera picks the 5 funniest WikiLeaks cables about ….the war on drugs.

3:20  Lengthy dissection of the controversy over the cables opening wide open, purely on technical terms, by Matt Giuca, concludes that The Guardian mainly at fault.  Leigh acted "stupidly" on the password but probably didn’t know better–but should have gotten proper training.

7:20  Andy Greenberg who has long covered WikiLeaks for Forbes tweets today:  "Results of my highly unscientific twitter poll: Assange still has huge support, Domscheit-Berg not so much. Both trending downward."

7:00  In new editorial, The Guardian hits WikiLeaks on release of unredacted cables and missteps with file but does not mention its book publishing password.


4:00  Micah Sifry has updated his post from yesterday on WikiLeaks screwups, adding more on Guardian screwups. 

11:00  WL Central: What the new cables reveal about "extrajudicial killings" in the Philippines. And much more from WL Central on variety of subjects here.

9:55  Salon:  Reporter recounts massacre revealed by WikiLeaks:


9:30  Nigel Parry on WikiLeaks vs. The Guardian vs. WikiLeaks.

9:20  Oh, if only WikiLeaks told us this awhile back: Giant NYT story tonite on docs found in Tripoli showing shocking close cooperation between CIA and Gaddafi people, including sending at least 8 terrors suspects there for "questioning." 

7:35 Reuters claims Assange wanted all the cables released “months ago.” Reuters somehow got notes of “heated” debate on this between Assange and others.

5:10 James Ball, now at the Guardian, on why he exited WikiLeaks after three months, “in dismay.”

4:40 AP is reporting that the shocking (but really, not that shocking) cable adding weigh to claims US soldiers executed old lady and kids in Iraq a few years back may be reason enough for Iraq to force our troops to leave by end of year.

3:50 Old Nation hand Micah Sifry just posted this: “The Fall of WikiLeaks: Cablegate2, Assange and Icarus” at techPresident

3:45 David Leigh’s response to Glenn Greenwald. .And Glenn, of course, answers.

3:35 Former WikiLeaks media partners, including NYT, issue joint statement deploring publication of “unredacted” cables.

3:30 Al Jazeera English tweets plea for more crowd-sourcing: “We’re reading the Wikileaks cables today—and we need your help. .”

3:00 A good wrap-up on some of this week’s intrigue via Jerome Taylor at the Independent, includes quote from interview with yours truly.

2:40 The latest 250,000-doc leak is already leading to potential legal problems for Julian Assange. Australia’s attorney general says they might arrest him if he returns, claiming that one of the new docs IDs an Australian intelligence officer.

2:25 The Guardian is out with a full report—no, not on the password flap but the response to the major new controversy coming out of the full document dump. Here’s how it opens: “The Iraqi government is to launch a new investigation into one of the most controversial incidents of the Iraq war, after the release of a diplomatic cable alleging that US soldiers handcuffed and executed women and children during a 2006 raid. The troops were also accused of calling in an air strike to destroy evidence.

“An adviser to the Iraqi prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, said on Friday that previous inquiries had stalled but the government would revive its investigation as a result of the new information. In 2006 there were conflicting accounts of what had happened at Ishaqi village, north of Baghdad; troops said nothing inappropriate had taken place, but villagers suggested the deaths had been a revenge attack for the earlier killing of two soldiers.

“A diplomatic cable released this week by WikiLeaks revealed that a United Nations official, Philip Alston, told the US in 2006 he had received information that all the residents of the house had been shot in the head. His intervention was not made public at the time. The letter has inflamed opinion in Iraq at a sensitive time in US-Iraq relations, amid difficult negotiations over retention of US bases in Iraq after the scheduled departure of US troops in December.”

Greg Mitchell’s latest book and e-book is “Atomic Cover-Up: Hiroshima & Nagasaki and The Greatest Movie Never Made.”