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8:00 Reuters with more from Assange on 60 Minutes: He is enjoying watching banks "squirm" over upcoming megaleak. Won’t confirm target. And see below.
6:40 First excerpts from Assange on "60 Minutes" this Sunday: “The U.S. does not have the technology to take the site down,” Assange tells Steve Kroft. “Just the way our technology is constructed, the way the Internet is constructed, it’s quite hard to stop things reappearing. We’ve had attacks on particular domain names. Little pieces of infrastructure — knocked out. But we now have some 2,000 fully independent in every way websites, where we’re publishing around the world. …It’s not possible to do.”
Assange says he never encouraged anyone to leak the U.S. diplomatic cables. In another excerpt, Kroft asks: “But you were screwing with the forces of nature. You have made some of the most powerful people in the world your enemies. You had to expect that they might retaliate.” Assange says: “I fully expected they’ll retaliate … Well, they see it as highly embarrassing. I think what it’s really about is keeping the illusion of control. I’m not surprised about that. I am surprised at … the sort of flagrant disregard for U.S. traditions. That is what I’m surprised about.”
6:30 Interesting: A claim that WikiLeaks cables on Egypt released not htis week but in early December, and published by indie paper there, had something to do with current revolt.
6:10 Amazing report on dorm room invasion at Georgia Tech tied to FBI search for Anonymous hackers tied to WikiLeaks protest. From Atlanta TV. Kid loses passports and much else, not charged, he claims just visited Anonymous chat room.