WikiLeaks Notes: Latest News on Cablegate Releases
This is a “WikiLeaks News Update,” constantly updated throughout each day. The blog tracks stories that are obviously related to WikiLeaks but also follows stories related to freedom of information, transparency, cybersecurity, freedom of expression, and sometimes the national security establishment of the United States because each issue/topic helps one further understand WikiLeaks and vice versa. All the times are EST.
10:30 PM At AlterNet: “Since WikiLeaks, authorities have been more aggressive about arresting citizen cyber activists. Yet new actions by the biggest “hacktivists” show they’re willing to risk it.”
10:20 PM The Australian “The standard imposed on WikiLeaks is one that cannot be imposed on any media organization.” For more, go here.
7:45 PM Journalist Dan Coughlin and Nation editor Betsy Reed for TheNation.com in a “Nation Conversation” on the stories the site has been publishing on the Haiti cables. Coughlin says what has been striking about the cables has been how they really pull “the curtain back on the Wizard of Oz.”
He finds the level of bullying—how the US State Dept uses extraordinary power to push around the Haiti government—and the micromanagement—how the US is so concerned with, for example, the location of a police station in a slum—to be most shocking.
7:35 PM WikiLeaks signs partnership with Brazilian investigative journalism center Pública. In a posted video, Assange promises more releases from the “Cablegate” material on Brazil.
7:25 PM “People in glass houses can’t be too outraged by return fire.” Sydney Morning Herald‘s Geoff Strong describes getting a phone number and calling Julian Assange. He says Assange wasn’t happy that he had been given a phone number for Assange. He compares the exchange he had with Assange to a recent interview with WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson.
12:40 PM Dave Weigel for Slate.com calls GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson the WikiLeaks candidate after his interview on RT’s “The Alyona Show.”
8:30 AM LulzSec’s hacking of Arizona state law enforcement reveals a particular iPhone app law enforcement do not like called “Cop Recorder.”
8:25 AM Coverage of Greek cables continues in the Greek newspaper Ta Nea. The latest story is on Greek corruption putting the “brakes” on US investment. American Greeks are described as having to bribe public officials to do jobs and get homes in villages. [Here is referenced.]
12:55 AM Apple, which once removed a WikiLeaks app, now removes another app—the “Third Intifada” app, which posts “news and opinion articles about Israeli aggression and the Palestinian cause” from 3rdIntifada.com.
12:45 AM The Guardian wins journalism awards, is praised for coverage of WikiLeaks.
12:30 AM Lulz Sec gets into Arizona state law enforcement servers. They have posted a bulletin indicating they will be “releasing hundreds of private intelligence bulletins, training manuals, personal email correspondence, names, phone numbers, addresses and passwords belonging to Arizona law enforcement” and “are targeting AZDPS specifically because we are against SB1070 and the racial profiling anti-immigrant police state that is Arizona.”
12:25 AM American Library Association set to take up three resolutions on WikiLeaks at meeeting in New Orleans. One of the resolutions will call for charges against Bradley Manning to be dropped.