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10:55 Paris Match interview with Assange, translated. "Wearing a bracelet is much more bothersome than being in prison. It’s like… like a chastity belt. Something that undermines your physical integrity…. the reality is that I was in solitary confinement, and today I’m under house arrest. Whereas people in the American adminstration who have organized murders by the thousands, war crimes, torture, are free. We are certainly a courageous organization, but not a powerful one…. Sarah Palin said that I should be pursued like Osama bin Laden. I say to her: ‘Good, that’ll take you at least ten years!’"
9:15 ACLU on chilling effect of DOJ move on Twitter: "These government requests for detailed information about individuals’ Internet communications raise serious First Amendment concerns and will have a chilling effect on people’s willingness to engage in lawful communications over the Internet. There are serious doubts as to whether the government’s interest in obtaining all of this private and constitutionally protected information is sufficiently compelling to outweigh the constitutional interests at stake"
7:55 Several Hillary Clinton statements on Wikileaks today, reported by Wash Post, on visit to UAE, including: "I think I will be answering concerns about WikiLeaks for the rest of my life, not just the rest of my tenure as secretary of State." And Clinton said she had quipped to one of her aides that she needed a tour jacket, similar to ones used by rock bands, that would have a "big picture of the world and would say ‘The Apology Tour’" on it. The fallout from the WikiLeaks affair "is still in the atmosphere," she said.
3:25 Nancy Youssef, veteran correspondent at McClatchy: In WIkiLeaks fight, US Journos Take the Fifth. "Just three years after a major court confrontation that saw many of America’s most important journalism organizations file briefs on WikiLeaks’ behalf, much of the US journalistic community has shunned Assange—even as reporters write scores, if not hundreds, of stories based on WikiLeaks’ trove of leaked State Department cables…. With a few notable exceptions, it’s been left to foreign journalism organizations to offer the loudest calls for the US to recognize WikiLeaks’ and Assange’s right to publish under the US Constitution’s First Amendment."