As I’ve done for more than nine 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Read about or order my new book, “The Age of WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate,” here.
UPDATE: Here’s Thursday’s edition of this blog.
9:15 Lengthy report here from the Deadline: Hollywood folks on Bill Keller’s NYT Magazine cover story just snapped up for possible movie by screenwriter of Hurt Locker and exec producer of True Grit. (I can’t remember, did Keller tweak Assange in that piece for making money off WikiLeaks?) Story also has wrap up on other movies in the works on Assange (Paul Greengrass to direct?). Few of these projects ever get far, but who knows.
7:00 Business Insider on latest cables and what they reveal as U.S. top concern: CBW.
5:40 New cables from Aftenposten on Jordan, and we don’t mean Michael. Articles not translated but you can read cables. A journalist there emails me: “There’s a lot of good stuff in there, especially regarding King Abdullah. Apparently he’s not as reform-friendly as he likes to seem. The diplomats call him ‘sphinx-like’ and describe a Monarch at odds with the people he appoints to lead the country.”
5:15 Noam Chomsky finally weighs in on WikiLeaks (in discussing current Egypt crisis). He agrees that cables at times testify to America’s “nobility, ” with diplomats not “asleep at the switch” — even “while Washington marches stalwartly toward disaster.”
4:40 New from Dave Winer: Does Assange have an agenda? Should we care? “Overall, it’s an embarassment the way American journalists conduct themselves re: Assange and WikiLeaks. We can easily see the contradictions and faked naivete in their questions. They must not care that we see it.”
4:25 The Telegraph just launched (as it were) bunch of cables on U.S. – China “Star Wars” space race, including stuff on each shooting down their own satellites as tests, U.S. threatening action against China, and much more. Up to one year ago. “The warning continued: ‘Any purposeful interference with US space systems will be interpreted by the United States as an infringement of its rights and considered an escalation in a crisis or conflict. ‘The United States reserves the right, consistent with the UN Charter and international law, to defend and protect its space systems with a wide range of options, from diplomatic to military.’” Useful timeline here.