As I’ve done for more than fifteen weeks, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET in USA. You can contact me at epic1934@aol.com, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, in print or as an e-book. My other books here.

UPDATED:  Here’s the weekend edition of this blog!

6:00 Don’t have English summary on this yet, but my source at the Norwegian paper, Aftenposten, which has been publishing cables since December, tells me: "US diplomats didn’t deny role in 2004 Aristide coup, cables reveal. 14 docs published."  Here’s the cable in question, but I’m not sure what it really reveals.  Another cable about  Aristide  "and how the US really, really dislikes the guy. One example: In 2006, US and French diplomats agreed to threaten South Africa with preventing a spot on the UN Security Council unless Mbeki managed to keep Aristide where he was."  Here is write-up and all cables. 

5:10    My book The Age of WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond) is now updated, also includes full story on Bradley Manning since his arrest, in print or as an e-book.  Hailed by Dan Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, others.

5:00 Transcript of my appearance on Sam Seder’s "Majority Report" show the other day.

3:45 The Guardian, I guess, just came across this cable, and reports:  "A top American general was involved in supplying Yemeni forces with counter-terrorist training in order to help the regime ‘independently conduct counter terror operations"’ according to US diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks.   General Petraeus, President Ali Abdullah Saleh and the Yemeni military agreed to increase the tempo of cooperation and training at a meeting in Sana’a in August 2009. Petraeus also facilitated the provision to Yemen’s  military of 25 M-113 armored personnel vehicles from Jordan.

"The general then sent the head of the U.S. military’s special operations command centre to Sana’a to discuss their counter-terror cooperation in detail and he advised on training opportunities with US allies in the region, the cables reveal."

3:40  Latest on Sunday’s rallies for Manning.

1:15  Well, we’ve seen a kind of WikiLeaks civil war between current and former volunteers, and now is the same thing happening with the much-less-organized Anonymous operation?  Andy Greenberg at Forbes, who has been on the money so often in the past, just out with lengthy post on a group, or maybe one guy — love his handle, "Hubris" —  unhappy with the direction Anonymous has taken — once it was "fun-loving" and anarchic but now has become too "political" (the latter charge also directed at Assange by former backers).  

"A hacker startup calling itself Backtrace Security–made up of individuals who formerly counted themselves as part of Anonymous’ loose digital collective–announced plans Friday to publish identifying information on a handful of active members of Anonymous. According to one source within the Backtrace group, it will release the names and instant messaging logs of several Anonymous hackers who took part in attacks on PayPal, Mastercard, the security firm HBGary, Westboro Baptist Church, and the Marine officials responsible for the detainment of WikiLeaks source Bradley Manning."

11:15  Dan Ellsberg on Democracy Now today:  "Manning] is being held essentially in solitary confinement for over nine months. Something that is likely to drive a person mad and that may be the intent of what is going on here…The conditions clearly violate the Constitution."   You can read transcript at Dan’s site.

9:45 Terrific piece in The Australian on how Japan nuke crisis shows "why we need WikiLeaks." Points out that cables released — this week — show that dangers at nuclear plants were quite apparent and warnings raised years ago, to no avail.  "If publicised earlier it might have increased public pressure on the Japanese government to do more to ensure the safety of reactors.But without WikiLeaks most of it probably never would have seen the light of day."

9:25 Update on the crisis in India sparked by cables released, with Hillary Clinton now at center of new controversy for asking for political leanings of ministers — making Indians even more worried about their government bowing down to U.S.

8:25  AP  hits Obama: two years after vowing "open" records and government, baffling delays and obstacles and denials remain, and it goes beyond the media.  . "Exasperating delays and denials also affect ordinary citizens, researchers and businesses, and they frustrate the administration’s goal to be the most transparent in history….Even close allies remain critical of what the government is doing."

8:20  Big news, folks:   I am finishing a sequel to my "The Age of WikiLeaks" book to be titled "The Accused: Bradley Manning."  It will be the first book on the Manning case (and his detention) and should be available in e-editions in a week to ten days, and in print a couple of weeks after that.   As before, my most excellent  Nation colleague Kevin Gosztola is helping out. 

7:50  Crisis in India continues over claims in State Dept cables of bribery.  Prime Minister forced to make this statement.  U.S. has not yet commented.

7:45  The @WikiLeaks feed calls this "easily the best article on Assange ever" (and not updated).

7:40  Bradley Manning Rallies this weekend.

12:00  By Crikey: It tweaks David Leigh, says Guardian overhyped "sock puppet" scoop, reveals how Anonymous located Adrian Lamo’s "secret" hideout, and more, in one article!

From late Thursday

Jack Balkin , director, of The Information Society Project at Yale Law School, .on Obama, Manning:  "It’s worth noting that if Private Manning were a prisoner of war, his treatment at the hands of the Obama Administration would violate the Geneva Conventions; indeed, if he were an non-uniformed enemy combatant, his treatment would probably violate Common Article III. Apparently, President Obama has gone Attorney General Alberto Gonzales one better. Not only must he believe that the protections of the Geneva Conventions are quaint, he must also think the same of the Bill of Right at least as applied to leakers–or at least, leakers whom the President and his associates did not authorize."

WL Central:  Did The Guardian "censor" a key cable from Bulgaria on organized crime control of the government there?  In an ycase, more of truth emerging.

Important initiative by the Icelandic MP Birgitta Jonsdottir (the former WikiLeaker who lost key case involving Twitter forced to turn over personal info to the U.S. Dept of Justice). "All of who care for freedom of information, speech and expression should be thankful for the recent ruling in my Twitter case. Thankful because it exposes the reality in which we live. The judge’s ruling exposed the blatant truth: that users of the Internet and social media sites hosted in the USA do NOT have any rights as individuals to defend themselves against the tyranny of authorities wanting to use the information we share and often consider private. Emails, conversations, messaging and social networking are now fair game for the ‘thought police.’   It is good that we know that this is how the court system in the land of the free views our rights, because now we can do something about regaining those rights!

"I am calling for a joint action to demand that all social media sites that host our information in the USA will notify all of their users that they don’t have any rights to defend themselves except through these sites but not as individuals. I want to know if Facebook, Google and Twitter are willing battle for every one of us against unwarranted and sometimes secret demands to our information from the U.S. government. If they can’t make that pledge we will either leave them or ask them to change users’ terms or demand that authorities recognize our rights to defend ourselves…."

4:15  An update from Parmy Olson (see below) on the military "sock puppet" scandal.   Meanwhile, Congress asks DoD to hand over all info on their contracts with HBGary and related.