UPDATE – 10:12 PM EST There will be more emails very soon so, if you are losing interest in the release, I remind you that only around 650 emails of over 5 million have been released.
Also, let me introduce you to a site I used to regularly publish to and a crew that has been doing great coverage of all things WikiLeaks for over a year — WL Central. They have a live blog going that provides a news updates on all things WikiLeaks, including on Bradley Manning.
Finally, here is This Day in WikiLeaks, another site with regular round-ups on news stories related to WikiLeaks.
UPDATE – 7:30 PM EST I was expecting some more emails by now but no new emails.
UPDATE – 6:38 PM EST Editorial in the Sydney Morning Herald on how Julian Assange’s potential extradition to the US could impact Australian-US relations:
…The Assange case could shake the Australia-US alliance in two significant ways. First, the WikiLeaks material will reinforce to many the lessons from the Iraq debacle: that US intelligence is not always reliable or even honest, and that routinely following America into dubious and unwinnable conflicts is too high an insurance premium. Second, Assange has all the makings of a countercultural martyr, especially among young people of the social media generation who tend to see secrecy and privacy as protecting privilege. In the contest for hearts and minds, Assange will beat the likes of Stratfor’s Burton hands down.
UPDATE – 2:20 PM EST Colombia Reports on Stratfor’s only media informant in Colombia – El Espectador – which partnered with WikiLeaks on the Colombia cables that were part of the Cablegate release.
UPDATE – 2:16 PM EST Slow day for the Stratfor emails release so here’s a story on developments surrounding US military operations in south Asia.
A Pentagon commander announced last week that the US has special forces teams in five Asian countries, including India. This article, which I wrote, explores what the US State Embassy cables show about US efforts to go after a “terrorist” group, the LeT, known for targeting India and believed to be responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
UPDATE – 12:16 PM ESTWikiLeaks sets the record straight on why some of the bigger media outlets are no longer partners:
The link goes to Cable Drum’s short analysis of redactions done by media organizations. The short analysis shows media organizations did not always censor cables to protect sources. Sometimes they did it for other reasons.
UPDATE – 12:14 PM ESTNo more emails released yet today. Monday we saw over two hundred emails released. There should be a few hundred released around 7 pm ET tonight, when many of WikiLeaks’ media partners will have published whatever stories they are running on the emails for the day.
Just about one week ago, WikiLeaks and twenty-five or so media partners began publishing the “Global Intelligence Files,” over five million emails from the Texas-headquartered global intelligence company known as Stratfor. The documents show, according to the organization, “Stratfor’s web of informers, pay-off structure, payment-laundering techniques and psychological methods.”
The organization’s press release explains the emails show the “inner workings of a company that fronts as an intelligence publisher, but provides confidential intelligence services to large corporations, such as Bhopal’s Dow Chemical Co., Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and government agencies, including the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Marines and the US Defense Intelligence Agency.”
The emails have showed that Stratfor had an FBI source, who was feeding information to Stratfor about a “sealed indictment” against Julian Assange; Homeland Security produced a report in October of last year on how growing support for the Occupy movement presented a growing threat of violence; a former Goldman Sachs managing director was helping Stratfor to launch a hedge fund that could help the company “trade in a range of geopolitical instruments, particularly government bonds, currencies and the like”; Coca-Cola hired Stratfor to help them monitor PETA activists at the Vancouver Olympics; Dow Chemical hired Stratfor to monitor Bhopal activists and the Yes Men to ensure their profits weren’t hurt by campaigns for justice, since there has been little accountability for the 1984 Union Carbide disaster, which the company is responsible.
Now, Firedoglake’s coverage of WikiLeaks’ release of the Stratfor emails continues with this live blog for Day 6. Updates will appear at the top.