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 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.

2:00  Brian Stelter of NYT tweets:  "Affidavit by Risen is eloquent explanation of why we need investigative journalists. Must-read: ."

1:50  Latest Haiti Leaks report in The Nation:  How elite used police. 

1:45  For key background, see my books “The Age of WikiLeaks” in print or as an e-book, and “Bradley Manning, Truth and Consequences” as e-book and print.

11:45 A few weeks back we covered intensely here the debut of new film short on Ethan McCord, the “hero” of the “Collateral Murder” video (he rescued the kids in the van for medical care and has been haunted since), and how it won best short at the Tribeca Film Fest. Now our friends @iWikiLeaksMovie present a lengthy Q&A with the director, James Spione, plus video, trailer, and much else, all here.

10:45 Alternet’s Rania Khalek does it again, coming out with another WikiLeaks Top Five list, this time outlining WikiLeaks top revelations exposing the merger between multinational corporations and American diplomacy.

10:25 James Risen of NYT invokes First Amendment in response to subpoena in leak case.

10:20 New cables shared with McClatchy and others reveal priests in Venezuela resisted Pope’s efforts to get them to help topple Chavez.

9:00 In another big story today that I have mentioned in past: Andrew Marshall, the former Reuters ace I once interviewed (we’re e-mailing now) is launching his promised massive story on Thailand, based on leaks, later today, said to be 65,000 words… follow him at Twitter @ZenJournalist

7:50 “WikiLeaks trial” in Jakarta postponed for week — vs. two Aussie papers and US Embassy.

7:10 Rumors swirled last night that Barrett Brown, the writer often described as a “spokesman” for Anonymous until recently, had come up with a startling revelation that would appear today in the NYT and the Guardian and maybe elsewhere. I haven’t had time to check yet if anything has appeared in the media so far but this morning’s email (he says to only a dozen reporters) brings this intro from Brown: “The following document will be posted on the Project PM wiki,, within 24 hours; a shorter summary will go up on The Guardian’s website at some point afterward. This particular e-mail is going out to a dozen or so reporters who I believe to be equipped to run with it. The New York Times and a few other outlets were provided with this last night. Further details concerning the program described may be found by searching through the HBGary e-mails with this viewer: Any outlet or individual is free to run this in whole or in part. If anyone has any questions, let me know.”

Here’s his opening: “For at least two years, the U.S. has been conducting a secretive and immensely sophisticated campaign of mass surveillance and data mining against the Arab world, allowing the intelligence community to monitor the habits, conversations, and activity of millions of individuals at once. And with an upgrade scheduled for later this year, the top contender to win the federal contract and thus take over the program is a team of about a dozen companies which were brought together in large part by Aaron Barr – the same disgraced CEO who resigned from his own firm earlier this year after he was discovered to have planned a full-scale information war against political activists at the behest of corporate clients. The new revelation provides for a disturbing picture, particularly when viewed in a wider context.” He warns that this apparatus could be used within the U.S. and elsewhere in the world. Details to come.

12:10 So what are these Barrett Brown revelations allegedly coming today in the NYT and Guardian?

12:05 US Navy’s response to Manning’s Article 139 complaint, via Manning lawyer. . ‘The Assistant Secretary of the Navy, Mr. Juan M. Garcia, apparently acting under a delegation of authority, determined that CWO4 James Averhart did not exceed his authority or abuse his discretion when he kept PFC Manning isolated for 23 hours a day in Maximum Custody and under Prevention of Injury Watch. Mr. Garcia’s determination did not address PFC Manning’s amended Article 138 complaint against the current commander of the Quantico Brig, Chief Warrant Officer Denise Barnes.”

From late Tuesday

More from Kevin Donohue on new cables and Mexico: The Wash Post reports that transnational drug cartels are “carving out new sanctuaries” and muscling their way through the Mexico-Guatemala border into “Central America’s weak states.” According to diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks “Guatemala has only a single helicopter and five pick-up trucks to patrol its entire border with Mexico” — putting both the US and Mexico at risk.

The Guardian with update on arrest of alleged key Lulz hacker—though this role is much disputed.

WikiLeaks responds to the alleged spreading of fear about Bitcoin — see very bottom of this Atlantic blog post.

Assange turns 40 on July 3 and his “WikiMum” (as she is dubbed here) wants a global show of support, maybe even a LiveAid kind of thing…

Been waiting for this: Rightwing Media Research Council releases “study” charging mainstream media ignoring fact that Bradley Manning is gay and that real cause of what he allegedly did was failed relationship and “emotional fragility.” All due to “political correctness.” Concludes by asking the networks: “if they feel compelled to ask ‘why would he possibly do it?’ they are obligated to report all of what they find out, even if it upsets their liberal sensibilities.”

Via @ evgenymorozov New academic paper: “WikiLeaks Affects: Ideology, Conflict and the Revolutionary Virtual”

From my assistant Kevin Donohue: Getting quite a bit of attention in the Mexican Press: While previous cables released by WikiLeaks showed serious US doubts about the effectiveness former Mexican Attorney General Arturo Chávez, cables released today show that American diplomats believed that Chávez had actually lent a “helping hand” to the cartels while serving as Attorney General in Chilhauaha during the 1990s.

The Telegraph: Lulz allegedly hacks 2011 census. Lulz denies via Twitter—saying they would have advertised it in advance. Then press reports possible Lulz leader, age 19, busted. And Lulz then denies that via Twitter. Wild.