Greg Mitchell's Day 24 WikiLeaks Blogging
Late post -- RL getting hectic. Travel soon for Christmas -- if car is repaired in time....
Lots of interesting stuff today and late last night. Assange is doing quite a few interviews with papers around the world. The BBC interview is described as probing and hostile. Such as asking Assange if he sees himself as a sexual predator and how many women had he bedded. "A gentleman doesn't count," he responded.
The hot topic, for me, is that the coming release of docs about a big bank has not just banksters worried, but also the SEC. Suggests they have some things to be worried about, eh?
Inside the Securities and Exchange Commission, the organization is bracing for a public outcry, according to people who have recently spoken with some high-ranking officials about the prospect of a WikiLeaks release of bank documents.
“The S.E.C. could be on the horns of a dilemma,” said Mark C. Zauderer, a veteran corporate litigator at Flemming Zulack Williamson Zauderer.
This could be very interesting:
4:55 Bradley Manning's attorney, on his blog, outlines his upcoming Article 13 move. "If a military judge determines that a servicemember has been illegally punished prior to trial, she has substantial discretion to grant administrative credit, usually in the form of additional pretrial confinement credit, or even grant an outright dismissal of the charges"
Salon has dueling columnists on WikiLeaks and its, well, leaks. Or. legality and ethics of leaks and leaking.
8:00 MIchael Lind in Salon hits America's loss of respect for the rule of law, leading the left, among other things, to embrace WikiLeaks.
9:15 New from Glenn Greenwald: NYT once again spills classified secrets that could cause danger right on its front page today, this time re: Pakistan and Afghan war efforts, but will they be prosecuted? "After all, which WikiLeaks disclosure has ever helped the Taliban and Al Qaeda as much as announcing that the U.S. intends escalated ground operations in Pakistan?" He also takes time to slam fellow Salonist Michael Lind for his article today.
Greenwald also asks why major credit cards aren't refusing to do business with the NYTimes. Heh.
McClatchy has a dedicated WikiLeaks page, Mitchell admits just learning about it. (And I've been meaning to check as they do some good reporting....)
Should be lots of good reading at the McClatchy link.
Ok, gotta do dishes..
And do keep checking: Stuff like this pops up:
10:00 Michael Moore on Maddow show points to new cable showing that U.S. shut down screening of his film "Fahrenheit 911" in....New Zealand. A cabinet minsiter had the nerve to want to host a screening. Here's the cable.
Cable is from 2004 and the attitude is stunning:
...it is probable that this potential fiasco may only have been averted because of our phone calls - it is apparent to us that neither the Minister nor anyone else in the Labour government seems to have thought there was anything wrong with a senior Minister hosting such an event. Ambassador will use a scheduled meeting with the Prime Minister to tell Clark of the near instantaneous press queries for USG comment in this matter and remind her that we would really rather not get dragged into internal NZ political issues, such as Ministerial fundraising events for Clark's Labour Party.
Wow!!!! (Edited for formatting and typos, 12/22)