As I’ve done for more than six 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. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information on some of my books here.
UPDATE Friday’s edition of this blog.
10:20 Scott Shane of NYT with major new piece on Bradley Manning case (contrasted with Assange on 600 acre estate and with book deal). Military again refutes all charges of ill treatment, claims he is not in solitary, and treated like other high-security risks there. "He is the only person charged in the WikiLeaks case so far. And despite his supporters’ suspicions that he will be pressured to testify against Mr. Assange, the Army spokeswoman, Ms. Kelly, said that to date, Private Manning had not spoken with civilian investigators or prosecutors."
10:00 Foreign Policy seriously asks re: Tunisia: "The First WikiLeaks Revolution?" Opens" "Tunisians didn’t need any more reasons to protest when they took to the streets these past weeks — food prices were rising, corruption was rampant, and unemployment was staggering. But we might also count Tunisia as the first time that WikiLeaks pushed people over the brink. These protests are also about the country’s utter lack of freedom of expression — including when it comes to WikiLeaks."
9:50 Evgeny Morozov tweets: "Unpublished Wikileaks Cables Appear on State-Backed Belarusian Website" -> if true WL’s Shamir problem is getting worse http://goo.gl/epaKA "
8:05 Big news from the blog kept by Bradley Manning’s attorney David Coombs related to lack of speedy trial and the conditions of his confinement. First: "On 9 January 2011, the defense filed a demand for speedy trial with the Government. PFC Manning has been in pretrial confinement since 29 May 2010. Since 12 July 2010, the case has been on Government requested excludable delay under R.C.M. 707(c). This delay request by the Government was approved by the court-martial convening authority. The case is currently awaiting the start of a Rule for Courts-Martial (R.C.M.) 706 Board. This board will likely begin its work in February."