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 Thursday edition of this blog!

8:45  After success of that funding drive (small donations) for a WikiLeaks billboard in L.A., now similar effort for Chicago.

6:50  WikiLeaks watchers have been  pushing Bob Woodward, who has been very quiet on this,  to say more about WikiLeaks — given the many classified leaks he has published — and now he has, via an appearance at Poynter.     He sort of questions what the big deal is, while also praising the NYT and not Assange:  "I think some of that information is important, but it’s oversold. It’s not a deep revelation about high-level decision making, but it’s got some good stuff in it. … To The New York Times’ credit, I think they persuaded WikiLeaks to not just dump everything out but to vet it and see if it was going to do damage, get people killed …”  See other quotes related to modern day reporting, the Web, anonymity, more.

6:00  More cables released with connection to nuclear disaster, this time covered by ABC News.  "Months after a senior Japanese International Atomic Energy Agency official urged better safety procedures at nuclear plants around the world to ‘avoid another Chernobyl,’ another IAEA official said that earthquakes presented a ‘serious problem’  to nuclear plant safety,  according to a recently released U.S. State Department cable…..Other leaked U.S. State Department documents, published by the website WikiLeaks, show the U.S. had little confidence in Taniguchi, who was at the time the head of the IAEA’s Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. " 

5:25 My book The Age of WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond) is now updated, also includes full story on Bradley Manning since his arrest, in print or as an e-book.

4:45  The ex-Bank of America who leaked alleged documents early yesterday via an Anonymous operator now writes an "open letter" to the public–and those at BOA "plotting against me" — urging them to ignore the "hype" and lies that some in media have spread about him.

4:35  In a significant event, the ACLU has just released letter sent to Secretary of Defense Gates calling the military’s treatment of Bradley Manning "cruel and unusual."   It concludes:  "President Obama recently stated that Private Manning’s conditions comply with the Pentagon’s ‘basic standards.’  Given that those standards apparently permit Private Manning to be subjected to plainly unconstitutional conditions, it is clear that the Department of Defense must adapt its standards to meet the demands of the Constitution. We ask that you take immediate steps to ensure that Private Manning is treated lawfully and humanely."

From the ACLU release: "In a letter sent today to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the American Civil Liberties Union charged the ‘gratuitously harsh treatment’ to which the Department of Defense is subjecting Pfc. Bradley Manning in military custody is in clear violation of the U.S. Constitution’s prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment and serves no purpose other than to degrade, humiliate and traumatize him."

The letter continues: "The Supreme Court has long held that the government violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment whenever it unnecessarily and wantonly inflicts pain.  No legitimate purpose is served by keeping Private Manning stripped naked; in prolonged isolated confinement and utter idleness; subjected to sleep deprivation through repeated physical inspections throughout the night; deprived of any meaningful opportunity to exercise, even in his cell; and stripped of his reading glasses so that he cannot read. Absent any evident justification, such treatment is clearly forbidden by our Constitution.  Given that those standards apparently permit Private Manning to be subjected to plainly unconstitutional conditions, it is clear that the Department of Defense must adapt its standards to meet the demands of the Constitution."

4:10  Reuters: Jordan used Japan as good example when attempting to calm  Israel on idea of  builidng nuclear plant along fault line.  "According to the U.S. Embassy cable, Amman attempted to ease Israeli concerns about the reactor and its initially proposed location near the port city of Aqaba by inviting Israeli nuclear experts to meet their Jordanian counterparts."  The cable reveals that the Jordanians claimed that "Japan also has earthquake problems but still builds nuclear power plants, which the Israelis acknowledged as true but also extremely costly," the cable continued.  "The Jordanians then assured their Israeli counterparts that the winds blow southwest, not northwest towards Israel."

3:00  Hot new cables show U.S. coal giant Drummond paid Colombian paramilitary operatives.

1:20 @DavidLeigh3 tweets: “British foreign secretary Hague promises it will be brought to US attention that mistreatment of #bradleymanning is causing concern in UK.”

12:55 Tom Tomorrow cartoon includes Obama on Manning.

12:30 I was on Sam Seder’s Majority Report program just now, check back to podcast version.

11:25 Great piece from Forbes’s Parmy Olson: “Is This the Girl Who Hacked HBGary?” She’s 16. “Kayla played a crucial role, posing as Barr to an IT administrator (who happened to be Nokia security specialist Jussi Jaakonaho) to gain access to the company’s servers. Read their email correspondence here and here.”

10:45 Even an editor at National Review hits treatment of Manning.

9:55 Bradley Manning’s attorney yesterday encouraged journalists to request meetings with his client, who has been allowed to see few people beyond friend David House and his father. Just now writer @ allisonkilkenny
tweeted: “Conversing w/rep at Quantico & told I won’t be allowed to interview #Manning in order to ‘ensure the safety & security of all detainees.” So much for that idea?

9:20 Two students were removed from Assange’s off-the-record talk at Cambridge yesterday, suspected of recording it, though one was just texting. We covered it “live” yesterday via a student’s tweets (see below).

8:35 More from my colleague Kevin Gosztola on warnings about Japan’s nuclear risks from new cables and other commenters. A Russian expert: “The Japanese were very greedy, and they used every square inch of the space. But when you have a dense placing of spent fuel in the basin, you have a high possibility of fire if the water is removed from the basin.”

8:15 David Leigh in the Guardian: “You can hear Bradley Manning coming because of the chains.” On “inhumane” treatment and David House’s visits.

7:55 Now a top Turkish paper joins the ranks of those publishing cables, naturally on US-Turkey ties. There are reportedly more cables about Turkey than any other country. “U.S. President Barack Obama had assured Turkey that the release on the WikiLeaks website of U.S. diplomatic cables containing negative comment about the Turkish leadership did not reflect the view of the current U.S. government.”

12:00 Wash Post joins NYT and LA Times with an editorial hitting treatment of Manning in the brig. “It is difficult to understand why Mr. Manning is being held under these extremely restrictive conditions. His alleged crimes are serious, but they are not violent. The brig at Quantico is tiny, holding roughly one dozen individuals at any given time; shouldn’t personnel be able to control such a population even if some wish to harm a man they may consider a traitor? The episodes of forced nudity are particularly disturbing.”

From late Tuesday

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.”

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.”

Sneak peek at upcoming Assange/WikiLeaks DVD.

Shrinks rapped: Physicians for Human Rights in US 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.”

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.