As I’ve done for more than five months, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about or order my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.
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10:55 Amnesty Int’l in annual report cites WikiLeaks, and newspapers that carried early reports on cables, as "catalysts" for Arab "spring." Also: "The year 2010 may well be remembered as a watershed year when activists and journalists used new technology to speak truth to power and, in so doing, pushed for greater respect for human rights," Amnesty’s secretary general, Salil Shetty, said in an introduction to the document. "It is also the year when repressive governments faced the real possibility that their days were numbered."
9:00 All you have to see is the title here in new Donald Rumsfeld op-ed at Wash Post and you know what’s coming: "How WikiLeaks Vindicated Bush’s Anti-Terrorism Policy." And note again: Those who denounced WikiLeaks most strongly then use their work politically or in punditry.
8:55 CNN covers Gitmo files revelations on "he said, she said" element of prisoners’ talks about alleged terror plots.
7:10 Amid barrage of criticism on confidentiality controversy, WikiLeaks issues press statement, via Twitter, again hitting "hostile actors" and alleged distortions. And now ex-WikiLeaker, Daniel Domscheit-Berg, weighs in, via Reuters, smashing Assange’s "repressive" tone and organization.
5:15 Tweets from Bradley Manning friend David House who is closely monitoring the WikiLeaks grand jury actions: "The Espionage Grand Jury has begun. The Anti-Assange crowd should swallow their pride and notice the bigger picture unfolding before us…." One thing he’s probably referring to: "WikiLeaks, get out of the gagging game" by ex-WikiLeaker James Ball who leaked his confidentiality agreement (that he did not sign).