As I’ve done for over six months, I’m updating news and views on WikiLeaks and Bradley Manning all day, with new items added at the top. All times ET. Contact me at email@example.com. Read about my books The Age of WikiLeaks in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences as e-book and print. Just out: first e-book edition of my book Why Obama Won, and Lessons for 2012.
UPDATE: Here’s the Thursday blog.
8:40 We’ve been hyping this for a few days and now it is here, massive story on Thailand and ill leader, partly based on WikiLeaks cables, by former Reuters ace Andrew Marshall. He’s posted Part I here and already is on front page of the Times of London. More parts to come but best way to follow is via his Twitter feed, @Zenjournalist.
5:50 James Risen of NYT (see below for context) suggests Obama’s war on whistleblowers & journalists "will have a chilling effect on the freedom of the press in" US
5:20 ZDnet continues serializing a lengthy dissertation on history of WikiLeaks. Today: how cables helped sparked the Arab Spring.
3:28 We were first up today with news of Barrett Brown’s big scoop (see below) and now he has posted more at The Guardian. "After having spent several months studying those emails and otherwise investigating the industry depicted therein, I have revealed my summary of a classified US intelligence programme known as Romas/COIN, as well as its upcoming replacement, known as Odyssey. The programme appears to allow for the large-scale monitoring of social networks by way of such things as natural language processing, semantic analysis, latent semantic indexing and IT intrusion. At the same time, it also entails the dissemination of some unknown degree of information to a given population through a variety of means – without any hint that the actual source is US intelligence. Scattered discussions of Arab translation services may indicate that the programme targets the Middle East."
2:05 Last week we reported on new legal team for Assange re: the Swedish case, and now Tom Hayden here at The Nation talks about it, including interview with the renowned Gareth Peirce (played by Emma Thompson in "In the Name of the Father"). It seems that there was feeling that perhaps the previous team too strongly attacked accusers and Swedish justices while new team will be more respectful.