As I’ve done for more than four months, I will be updating news and views on all things WikiLeaks all day, with new items added at the top. All times are ET. Contact me at epic1934@aol.com. Read about or order my book The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, or brand-new Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.

UPDATED:  For the Wednesday blog, go here.

9:45  Bradley Manning’s attorney David Coombs just out with blog post on what he calls real reason his client being moved to Leavenworth.  It seems the defense was in process of filing write of habeas corpus and decision to move Manning came so quickly Coombs only learned about it via the AP dispatch this afternoon.  He closes, "While the defense hopes that the move to Fort Leavenworth will result in the improvement of PFC Manning’s conditions of confinement, it nonetheless intends to pursue redress at the appropriate time for the flagrant violations of his constitutional rights by the Quantico confinement facility."  See my Manning book for full background.

7:30  Just back from doing Cenk’s show on MSNBC re: Manning.  While I was gone, Pentagon briefing explained that he was moved to bigger quarters (although had plenty of that at Quantico), visits will still be monitored at all times, he will get to interact with other prisoners more, they admit that attention on conditions led to move, and more.   Here’s AP update on military’s statement including amazing claim the move is so Manning (who had been in near-solitary for 9 months) can get better mental and "emotional" care.  

4:00 As noted below, Bradley Manning is being moved from Quantico, Va., brig to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas after worldwide protests. A few facts about Leavenworth: The complex, formally known as the Disciplinary Barracsk, houses the only maximum security military prison. Also, the only death row for military prisoners.  But a medium security unit as well.   The old “castle” (remember the Redford/Gandolfini flick?) was replaced by newer facility in 2002—so there’s that. Hasan Akbar is on death row there. Lt. William Calley was there at one point.

3:45 AP has scoop: “U.S. officials say the Army private suspected of giving classified data to WikiLeaks is being moved to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas in the wake of international criticism about his treatment during his detention at the Marine Corps base at Quantico, Va. The officials say an announcement that Army Pfc. Bradley Manning will be moved is expected Wednesday at the Pentagon. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the move has not yet been made public.

“Amnesty International has said Manning’s treatment may violate his human rights. A committee of Germany’s parliament has also protested about his treatment to the White House. Manning is being held in maximum security in a single-occupancy cell at Quantico, and he is allowed to wear only a suicide-proof smock to bed each night.”

3:25 New low prices for my book The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, or brand-new Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book here and print here.

3:20 Q&A with new Assange “biographer” Andrew Fowler. “It seems certain that Julian Assange will be extradited to Sweden to face the charges of rape and sexual molestation and that the US will try to extradite him. The treatment of alleged WikiLeaks whistleblower Bradley Manning which is being investigated by the UN suggests the US military has been trying to force a confession out of him which implicates Assange. The fact that this tactic does not appear to have been successful does not mean that the US will not try to find a lesser charge by which Assange can be extradited.”

2:00 Alan Dershowitz, as usual, strongly backs Israel but in doing so asks why no war crimes tribunals or major probes of civilian casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan caused by US and Brits have ever been carried out, especially in light of WikiLeaks revelations.

12:50 Andy Greenberg at Forbes reveals one reason the NYT didn’t get any traction for its WikiLeaks coverage with the Pulitzer board for a prize: It didn’t even submit any of it. “It’s not clear just why the Times decided not to seek a Pulitzer for its groundbreaking WikiLeaks coverage. When I asked executive editor Bill Keller about the decision by email, he responded that ‘We don’t talk generally talk about what we enter or don’t enter, or why.’ ” Greenberg speculates that Keller may not have wanted to give any boost to Assange.

12:00 Slow day here so you might flip to my new piece on Wall Street Journal pundit who won Pulitzer—for his editorial blasting what he repeatedly calls “Obamacare.”

9:30 We noted yesterday that Foreign Policy was being given access to Wikileaks cables by the Wash Post and would be mainly reporting on UN-related matters. Now a big story already: US helped Israel try to “contain” the probe into Israel wrongdoing during its war in Gaza. “In the aftermath of Israel’s 2008-2009 intervention into the Gaza Strip, Susan E. Rice, the US ambassador to the United Nations, led a vigorous campaign to stymie an independent U.N. investigation into possible war crimes, while using the prospect of such a probe as leverage to pressure Israel to participate in a US-backed Middle East peace process, according to previously undisclosed diplomatic cables provided by the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.”

8:00 Full coverage by my colleague Kevin Gosztola on State Dept response yesterday to cables showing US helping opposition in Syria, plus video.

12:00 The Wizz Kid: Portrait of Julian Assange leaking—into Uncle Sam’s top hat—wins a top prize. See it here. Xavier Ghazi, 60, said he had first thought of calling his painting Pissing Off the Empire.

From late Monday

Ben Smith in Politico: Why P.J. Crowley “went rogue” at State Dept and lost his job over sticking up for Bradley Manning. ” Crowley—to the occasional dismay of some of his colleagues at State and the White House—had come to view himself as having a special public role. ‘There were times when I thought it was important to push for the United States to take a public stand,’ he said of his time at the podium. ‘I thought it was important to make sure that what we were saying and what we were doing would be consistent with, not only our interest but our values.’ ”

 

Fox News’ Shep Smith: WikiLeaks releases are “the only straight answers we get anymore.” Also: “Wait a minute. You get information that the government’s lying to you again, one more lie from the government! I wish they would publish all of it! Every lie they tell ought to be laid bare!”

Reuters: Those cables re US helping opposition in Syria causing some real issues, so State Dept flack says no big deal, we just support democratic movements everywhere…. This comes after official (unnamed) tells Fox that fears grow that Syria will kill opponents thanks to documents released. Certainly unconfirmed.

We’ve been reporting in past day (see below) on new WikiLeaks “partners” in US—finally, beyond the NYT—McClatchy and the Washington Post. Now one more: the Turtle Bay blog at the Foreign Policy magazine site just announced that it was getting to all the cables (in partnership with the Post) to search for unpublished revelations related to the United Nations. It’s been rare for WikiLeaks to made this available to a blog, but it’s possible that the Post arranged it and then got WikiLeaks approval. Stay tuned.

We’ve noted previously that James C. Goodale, former chief counsel to NYT, has offered some pointed critiques of the paper’s exec ed Bill Keller, and yesterday the Times Magazine published a condensed letter to the editor from him re prosecution of Assange. Now he has posted online fuller historical precedent details and don’t miss it.

It’s great that McClatchy folks in DC now have full WikiLeaks trove of cables, although WL has not publicized. It’s especially good because they have backbone and, I hear, are vowing not to show cables to State Dept. or anyone else for approval—unlike what NYT did (though of course they will redact names and take other prudent editing steps). I have written widely about the McClatchy crew—then known as Knight Ridder—being the rare standouts in coverage of the lies during the runup to the Iraq invasion. Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel and others still there, though Clark Hoyt and John Walcott have moved on.