As I’ve done for over six months (with one week off recently), I’m updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at email@example.com. Read about 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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6:20 Andy Greenberg of Forbes with report on highly unusual ACLU move, using gov’t to declassify now-published WikiLeaks cables. "The State Department cables expose, for instance, secret drone strikes by U.S. forces in Yemen, and American pressure on Spain and German to comply with CIA extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects. The ACLU says it selected the 23 cables out of the thousands already published because they were kept secret to avoid government embarrassment rather classified for purposes of national security, and because they show human rights violations. Given that all those memos have already been covered by the news media, why bother to declassify them anyway? ‘The point is to expose the legal fiction that the secrecy system rests on,’ says Ben Wizner, a staff attorney for the ACLU. ‘The government uses this formality of secrecy to avoid having to answer for real violations of the law.’”
6:15 NYT asked readers to tweet guesses on what 11 words were to be cut out of declassified Pentagon Papers. Fun results here. Yes, people still unsure whether it is Viet-Nam or Vietnam.
6:10 Remember when his critical comments exposed in cables cost U.S. ambassador to Mexico his post there? Finally a new diplomat named.
4:15 Bart Gellman tweets on whistleblower case falling apart: "Prosecutors offer NSA leaker Drake *misdemeanor* plea bargain–& he refuses http://bgell.me/myYFTO ."