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UPDATE: The Thursday edition of this blog.
9:20 We covered the Assange/Ellsberg teleconference for Manning earlier today (see below) but here’s Mike Calderone’s lengthier report at Huff Post.
3:10 In answer to my query, @WikiLeaks feed at twitter confirms that it was indeed Assange in the PBS chat (see below) and that a second question or statement by him was "torched." I am seeking more on that.
2:45 Wow, now Assange, or someone claiming to be him (but sounds credible) has joined in the PBS online chat on last night’s WikiLeaks program. He writes, "Why did Frontline not do basic fact checking on the false and libelous statement ‘Julian said ‘Informants deserve to die’? This has had substantial re-reportage based on its airing by Frontline. Its speaker, David Leigh is well known to be locked into tawdry personal vendetta against WikiLeaks (as any check of his twitter feed davidleigh3 would show). The statement has been repeatedly denied by me, is the subject of pre-litigation legal action and two Spiegel reporters who were at the table, John Goertz and Marcel Rosenbach (the only independent witnesses) deny it. Is this Frontline‘s standards for journalism? Similarly, Why did Frontline present Daniel Domschiet Berg’s claims about WikiLeaks content sales as credible, when two thee prior accusations (in relation to Aftonposten, Aftonbladet and Al Jazeera) have been demonstrated to be wholesale inventions?"
The creators of show then replied: "We did talk with others about David Leigh’s allegation. Several people confirmed that you had initially wanted to publish all the Afghan War Logs without redacting names. We also allowed you to deny the charge. As for content sales, you mentioned in your interview that you had explored financial incentives to improve the reception of the Collateral Murder video." This, of course, does not address the alleged "lie" of Leigh’s statement.
2:05 David House apparently just showed up at the online Frontline chat to respond to charges by Manning’s dad (see below). House, or someone claiming to be him, typed: "This is David House. You say I was using Bradley for 15 minutes of fame… this is very hurtful and surprising to hear. In earnest, on what basis do you make the remark?" Manning’s father then responds: "Please clean your own house. Bradley told us. If you do not belive me ask him" And House replies to that: "I highly doubt that; Bradley asked me to return before you removed me from his visitor list. Thanks for the response, though, Brian."