As I’ve done for more than fifteen 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. You can contact me at epic1934@aol.com, Read about or order my new book, The Age of WikiLeaks, in print or as an e-book. My other books here.

UPDATE:  Here’s the Wednesday version of this blog.

6:35  We had it first (see below) but here’s The Guardian on Assange’s speech at Cambridge today. "It [the web] is not a technology that favours freedom of speech. It is not a technology that favours human rights. It is not a technology that favours civil life. Rather it is a technology that can be used to set up a totalitarian spying regime, the likes of which we have never seen. Or, on the other hand, taken by us, taken by activists, and taken by all those who want a different trajectory for the technological world, it can be something we all hope for."

6:10  Daily Telegraph: In new cable, " An official from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in December 2008 that safety rules were out of date and strong earthquakes would pose a ‘serious problem’ for nuclear power stations. The Japanese government pledged to upgrade safety at all of its nuclear plants, but will now face inevitable questions over whether it did enough….The cables also disclose how the Japanese government opposed a court order to shut down another nuclear power plant in western Japan because of concerns it could not withstand powerful earthquakes." 

6:05  Sneak peek at upcoming Assange/WikiLeaks DVD.

3:35 Physicians for Human Rights in U.S. hit role of psychiatrists in Manning detention. "The group sees the psychiatrists as trapped in a classic case of "dual loyalty", where their obligations to the military chain of command may conflict with their medical duty to protect their patient."

3:30  Micah Sifry on the Crowley firing, Obama and "Open Government."

1:55  Assange arrives at Cambridge U to speak,  first big appearance in months.  "More than 500 students queued throughout the afternoon."  Here is student tweeting the whole thing (no recording was allowed), including questions.   Just reported, "Someone removed from chamber." 

More samples:  Internet "greatest spying machine world has ever seen’" … Bradley Manning – arrest not linked to wikileaks but to betrayal by wired magazine.… Discussing privatisation of info – quotes Orwell… .Asked about private status and whether wikileaks biased – deciding factor often max impact. Max impact on reforming societies.

1:30  @EmilyBell tweeting major WikiLeaks panel at South By Southwest in Austin right now.

12:55 Good Radio Free Europe interview with WikiLeaks spokesman and journalist Kristinn Hrafnsson. "There are a lot of misunderstandings about WikiLeaks, but this is changing, gradually, I feel. The traditional media are more and more seeing that WikiLeaks is an addition to the media landscape and has very much changed the landscape of the media in the last few months."

11:45  Manning’s attorney, David Coombs, with two Twitter updates just now:  "How to contact Bradley Manning’s family to request to be placed on the approved visitor and correspondence list: http://bit.ly/ifkiEm " and  "How to contribute to Bradley Manning’s legal defense: http://bit.ly/gAaorK ."

11:00   Now:   Final 24-hour sale of electronic editions of my updated "Age of WikiLeaks" book for 99 cents!  Print version here

10:50 In what’s billed there as a "significant" statement, a former Indian gov’t minister has called for revision of the country’s "no-first-use" of nuclear weapons pledge, in light of revelations in the new cables released by WikiLeaks.  He points out that Pakistan allegedly has over 100 nuclear weapons by India only has about 50. 

10:35  Important piece in NY Law Journal by longtime NYT counsel (going back to Pentagon Papers) James Goodale.  "The Justice Department is on what lawyers call a “fishing expedition.They are looking desperately for any evidence to construct a case….And so, what started off as a putative prosecution of Assange, has turned into a persecution…..If The New York Times is a publisher protected by the First Amendment, so is Assange and if Assange were indicted, the Justice Department would therefore run into the road blocks put up by the First Amendment, in addition to those discussed above." Still, he expects the U.S. to continue to push, using the grand jury in Alexandria, Va.

10:20  The Guardian editorial joins NYT and L.A. Times (see below) in hitting military treatment of Manning today.  "Cruel and Unusual Punishment," they call it.

10:10  New questions and concerns raised at Tech Dirt about judge’s rulling last week allowing feds to get Twitter info on three WikiLeaks backers (or former backers): "people should realize that privacy policies really aren’t just between users and sites, but that governments will ‘trawl through a site’s privacy policy to cite terms against the site’s users as part of the government’s rapacious desire to know everything about its citizens.’"

10:00  Information Week:  Pentagon taking steps to prevent another Cablegate.

9:50  Assange tipped off last August "about Australian intelligence scrutiny of his whistleblowing activities."

 7:50 As we noted last night, tremendous uproar in India after WikiLeaks releases 5100 cables related to that country.  Dozens of stories in press covering different cables and issues.   See a good rundown here, with special focus on systematic torture or abuse of detainees.  Even cables related to Nepal covered by The Himalayan.  U.S. feared India had created "Frankenstein’s Monster" there in dealing with Maoists.

7:40   New cable, and separate piece from India release about U.S. concerns about growth of "sharia banking" in UK and how it could lead to England becoming center of "terrorist funding."

7:00  New House intel chief Rep. Mike Rogers calls impact of cables release "devastating" for U.S. foreign relations.  

6:50  Plans expand for Manning support day March 20.

6:40  That funding drive to put up pro-WikiLeaks billboard in L.A. is nearing its goal.

6:35  Australian newspapers that published cables alleging abuses by Indonesia’s leader now face a $1 billion lawsuit by  outraged Indonesians.  Also, at a protest outside U.S. Embassy in Jakarta demonstrators tore up copies of the papers.

12:00 Bit of a media uproar in Australia now, over leading network ABC setting up chance for Assange to ask the country’s PM a tough televised question from his (temporary) home in England.

From late Monday

First NYT (see below), now L.A. Times with editorial hitting military’s treatment of Manning, and backing Crowley. " It’s hard to resist the conclusion that punishment, not protection, is the purpose of these degrading measures….Manning’s treatment should reflect the fact that he remains innocent until proven guilty."

NYT finally with editorial on Manning that just went online.  "It would be useful to revisit the presumption of innocence and the Constitutional protection against cruel and unusual punishment….  President Obama, who has forcefully denounced prisoner abuse, is condoning this treatment. Last week, at a news conference, he said the Pentagon had assured him that the terms of the private’s confinement ‘are appropriate and are meeting our basic standards.’  He said he could not go into details, but details are precisely what is needed to explain and correct an abuse that should never have begun"

Big news from India–news outlet there gets thousands of cables on that country and starting to publish. "Politicians of all shades, diplomats and other officials, sleuths, businessmen, journalists, busybodies, bigwigs and smallwigs figure in the WikiLeaks India Cache."   Here’s just one story on "raw" assessment by U.S. of "gutless" India playing down its relationship with Israel to appease Muslim population.

The Guardian publishes what seems to be first cable on Japan’s nuclear industry and raising concerns. "He also accused METI of covering up nuclear accidents, and obscuring the true costs and problems associated with the nuclear industry."