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UPDATE: Here’s the Monday edition of this groovy blog.
* SUNDAY *
11:15 We noted just below that the NYT “monopoly” in the U.S. on access to the WikiLeaks cable trove seems to have been broken in recent days by McClatchy and Wash Post. Just now Wash Post out with big report on cables showing U.S. State Dept funding Syrian “political opposition groups and related projects, including a satellite TV channel that beams anti-government programming into the country…The U.S. money for Syrian opposition figures began flowing under President George W. Bush after he effectively froze political ties with Damascus in 2005. The financial backing has continued under President Obama, even as his administration sought to rebuild relations with Assad.”
8:30 We’ve long lamented the seeming NYT “monopoly” in the U.S. on the full trove of WikiLeaks cables — considering that the paper quit reporting on them (and showed many of the key ones to U.S. officials before using). Now it seems McClatchy (and the Wash Post, too) is getting them on a regular basis and reporting on them. Latest comes from ace reporter Warren Strobel (one of the the McClatchy, then Knight Ridder team that got the runup to the Iraq war right) on cables on Iran and what they show about U.S. thirst for info and more.
11:00 Noted: Bradley Manning’s friend David House has tweeted that he has not visited the brig at Quantico since early March and suggests he is being denied entry.
9:35 Lebanon president questions Wikileaks’ cables “credibility.”
9:00 More from Haaretz: Herzog also “vilified” Sharon and Peres.