WikiLeaks: the latest developments
Zimbabwe's MDC dismisses cables as 'harmless thunderbolts' and Vanity Fair publishes its investigation into the Guardian and WikiLeaks
The piece also delves tensions within WikiLeaks, how those in the organisation who aren't Assange see what it was and what it has become. Perhaps complexities within Assange's position too: it ends with the assessment that "compared with others in his world of internet provocateurs, Assange is almost a traditionalist – one of the few of his kind willing to work with the mainstream press and conform, at least fleetingly, to some of their standards."
• A spokesman for Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has called recent cable leaks on the country "harmless thunderbolts" and said ordinary Zimbabweans are actually more worried about the "leaks in their roofs". US diplomats report in the leaked cables conversations where MDC officials discuss options to peacefully force Robert Mugabe, of the rival Zanu-PF, to step down as president. Zimbabwe's attorney general has theatened action, though the MDC spokesman, Nelson Chamisa, told South African radio the party - in an uneasy coalition with Zanu-PF - was not daunted.
Meanwhile, Anonymous has claimed attacks on Zimbabwean government websites.
• Deep-sea explorers have introduced a WikiLeaks release into a legal battle with the Spanish government over sunken treasure. A cable published last month revealed the US state department had offered to help Spain against Florida-based Odyssey Marine Exploration, who found 17 tons of coins in a Spanish galleon, in return for Madrid's help in returning a painting seized by the Nazis to a US citizen.
The divers have filed a motion asking the appeal court hearing the case to require the US government to note its interests.
If you click through to the piece, you can see that Assange did indeed go to his Tuesday bail check-in without shoes, as reported by a commenter on this blog yesterday.
Rather than the already-leaked Guantánamo operation manuals, as many supposed he was talking about, there is reference to the "personal files of all prisoners who had been held at Guantánamo" as part of WikiLeaks' cache of documents.
Japan and the US proposed to investigate and act against international anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as part of a political deal to reduce whaling in Antarctic waters.
Four confidential cables from the US embassy in Tokyo and the state department in Washington, released by WikiLeaks, show US and Japanese diplomats secretly negotiating a compromise agreement ahead of a key meeting last year of the International Whaling Commission, the body that regulates international whaling.