As I’ve done for more than sixteen 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, 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.

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11:25  Wash Post: reports : "The Colombian military began using U.S.-supplied surveillance drones for counterterrorism and counter-narcotics operations in 2006, according to a classified State Department cable released Wednesday by WikiLeaks.    The small, ScanEagle unmanned aircraft transmits real-time video of stationary and moving targets. According to the December 2006 cable from then-U.S. Ambassador to Colombia William B. Wood, the aircraft initially were to be used ‘to support U.S. hostage rescue efforts and assist”’ the Colombian military’s pursuit of guerrilla leaders. “But it promises to be equally useful for combat against terrorists and in riverine drug interdiction,” Wood wrote.

7:30 Interesting report from Turkey on what cables show about U.S. fear of Islam there and potential terrorists.

7:00 My new book on Bradley Manning, first one about him,  just now available in print edition!   Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences also on sale as e-book at Amazon in USA and also in UK.  . E-book now = for all phones, iPad, PC viewing, etc. Book covers story right up to this past Sunday!

6:40  Time magazine blog looks at WikILeaks’ role in driving out U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

6:30  Bank of America chief Brian Moynihan admits WikiLeaks’ claims of big leak coming caught them "off guard." 

3:55 Ha, or huh? Karl Rove’s "Crossroads" launches its own kind of WikiLeaks operation — they even call it a "wiki" —  to expose Obama "secrets" and lies and plots, etc.  

1:30 London’s Telegraph with big story just up based on new cable—suggests India and Pakistan were brought to "brink of war" by a hoax phone call and gaffe. "In the days immediately after 10 Pakistani Lashkar e Taiba terrorists killed 166 people in Mumbai, a man pretending to be India’s then External Affairs Minister, Pranab Mukherjee, called Asif Zardari, Pakistan’s president, to warn it was about to launch a military response.President Zardari immediately contacted the country’s military leadership and ordered its air force to be put on high alert to confront a possible Indian attack. He also mounted a diplomatic campaign to to put pressure on India withdraw its ‘threat.’ According to the cables, Condoleezza Rice, the then US secretary of state, was so alarmed at the development that she abandoned her programme and flew to Islamabad and New Delhi to calm the crisis."

12:45 New Statesman and Frontlne club to host first debate with Assange on April 9 in London. "For this very special event at Kensington Town Hall, the New Statesman and the Frontline Club host a challenging debate in which some of the most prominent public figures on secrecy and transparency issues will go head to head. Amid the intensifying crackdown on whistleblowers, the debate will ask: are UK and US officials correct to argue that those who publish leaks threaten national security? Or do we need them to expose wrongdoing because, as transparency advocates argue, governments always abuse secrecy? The event will feature an interactive section where the audience will be able to vote on the motion."

10:45 @WLLEgal tweets: "Google funds tools to expose government attempts to censor, shut down the Internet ."

9:45 Fun "meme generator" re: a certain top editor. Then there’s this: a monument to Julian Assange in Russia.

9:40 Yes, even more from India, on crisis there sparked by WikiLeaks cable. Wild, fascinating stuff.

7:30 And a further update on crisis in India Parliament over the cables.

7:20 Director of First Amendment Center: US government clearly still not "transparent enough." And: "If officials can prove real damage to U.S. national security, something lacking in the Pentagon Papers case, then prosecution might well proceed against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and others, Floyd Abrams said."

12:05 Update on wild uproar in India over cables, including vote-buying MPs.

12:00 We had it below earlier, but Salon catches up to the McCain/Lieberman bromance with Qaddafi here.

From late Tuesday

If there had been a WikiLeaks in 1946, and they leaked footage my friend shot for the military in Japan in the A-bomb cities, it might have changed the course of history. Instead, it was suppressed for decades. Also see great piece by Oe in New Yorker this week.

New cable report from Reuters: Super-rich Qatar tried to extort a cool $1 billion from oil companies, including ExxonMobil to pay for new medical center. "In most cases, the requests for Sidra were larger than the entire amount spent worldwide by companies on corporate social responsibility programmes for places like Africa."

We covered this when released a few week ago but it’s getting new attention now given recent events: Cable released by WikiLeaks on infamous 2009 visit with Qaddafi and Son by Senator McCain and Lieberman. Couple highlghts follow. “ ‘We never would have guessed ten years ago that we would be sitting in Tripoli, being welcomed by a son of Muammar al-Qadhafi,’ remarked Senator Lieberman. He stated that the situation demonstrated that change is possible and expressed appreciation that Libya had kept its promises to give up its WMD program and renounce terrorism. Lieberman called Libya an important ally in the war on terrorism, noting that common enemies sometimes make better friends.”

“Senator McCain assured Muatassim that the United States wanted to provide Libya with the equipment it needs for its TRIPOLI 00000677 002.2 OF 002 security. He stated that he understood Libya’s requests regarding the rehabilitation of its eight C130s (ref D) and pledged to see what he could do to move things forward in Congress. He encouraged Muatassim to keep in mind the long-term perspective of bilateral security engagement and to remember that small obstacles will emerge from time to time that can be overcome. He described the bilateral military relationship as strong and pointed to Libyan officer training at US Command, Staff, and War colleges as some of the best programs for Libyan military participation.”