Greg Mitchell's Day 23 WikiLeaks Blogging (Mon., Dec. 20)-
Updated throughout the day and evening into night.
8:55am -- Greenwald on the surveillance state.
...the mindset of the U.S. Government: everything it does of any significance can and should be shielded from public view; anyone who shines light on what it does is an Enemy who must be destroyed; but nothing you do should be beyond its monitoring and storing eyes. And what's most remarkable about this -- though, given the full-scale bipartisan consensus over it, not surprising -- is how eagerly submissive much of the citizenry is to this imbalance. Many Americans plead with their Government in unison: we demand that you know everything about us but that you keep us ignorant about what you do and punish those who reveal it to us. Often, this kind of oppressive Surveillance State has to be forcibly imposed on a resistant citizenry, but much of the frightened American citizenry -- led by most transparency-hating media figures -- has been trained with an endless stream of fear-mongering to demand that they be subjected to more and more of it.
10:15 Newly-released, but previously hinted at, cable shows Israel cooperating with Abbas vs. Hamas during Gaza attacks. Getting lot of attention. "The disclosure could embarrass Abbas and his Fatah movement, which Hamas has always accused of working with the Israelis."
This revelation might have repercussions. (From HuffPo)
Reminder that "The Guardian is continuing its special feature, whereby readers request info on specific people or events from the still-unpublished 250,000 cables."
Also on this screen page, coverage of some cables about Italy (strategy to lessen pubic attention to the shooting death of Nicola Calipari on March 4, 2005, at a US checkpoint shortly after he rescued journalist Giuliana Sgrena, and Eastern Europe countries.
12:20 Federal Times: Pentagon installed alarm software in 2008 that might have tipped them to invasion that led to WikiLeaks but failed to activate.
All these cable leaks coulda been prevented....
Appears Assange has signed to write memoir. Puns abound in suggestions for title.
The Guardian continues covering cables
The Guardian also offers a guide to its and other newspapers coverage. Handy.