WikiLeaks announces its first interactive town hall Tuesday
The WikiLeaks site says it’s looking for organizations “to collaborate with on our upcoming releases.”
January 27th, 2011
11:58 AM ET

WikiLeaks announces its first interactive town hall Tuesday

Two interesting posts popped up on the WikiLeaks site today. The first is the announcement of  "The WikiLeaks Roundtable" on Tuesday, which would be the first of its "regular direct meetings with the public and press." WikiLeaks will take questions via Twitter (prefix "#wlquest" tag) and e-mail (twlrt@mail.be).  The posting didn't explain who would be answering questions, or how much time would be available for the back-and-forth. But if you have a question, e-mails will be received until 6 p.m. GMT (1 p.m. ET) on Saturday. This first digital news conference of sorts will be videotaped, the posting promises, and broadcast at 11:30 a.m. GMT (6:30 a.m. ET) on Tuesday, according to the post.

The other posting on the WikiLeaks site that caught CNN.com's attention: "WikiLeaks is looking for the most reliable and trustworthy organisations to collaborate with on our upcoming releases. If you would like to register your interest please fill out the form below. Should an appropriate collaboration opportunity present itself we will be in touch. http://wikileaks.ch/Medias.html?nocache."

Speaking of media and WikiLeaks, New York Times executive editor Bill Keller said the newspaper is considering creating an "EZ Pass lane for leakers." The in-house submission system would enable leakers to upload large files to the newspaper. The idea isn't new. Al Jazeera's Transparency Unit has long done that. The Times was one of three news organizations (the others were Germany's Der Spiegel and Britain's Guardian) that worked with WikiLeaks to publish last summer a trove of classified military intelligence about the Afghanistan war.

The Times' relationship with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has soured since then, as Keller wrote this week in his piece, "Dealing With Assange and the Secrets He Spilled."

In other WikiLeaks news this week, Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell took questions about U.S. Army soldier Bradley Manning, who is suspected of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. Manning's lawyer filed a complaint about conditions of the 23-year-old's confinement at a Virginia military lockup, and the military defended itself. Here's the transcript from Wednesday's Pentagon briefing.

Assange will be featured on "60 Minutes" on Sunday. Journalist Steve Kroft spent two days with Assange on the grounds of a private residence in England where Assange is under house arrest as he fights attempts to extradite him to Sweden. Swedish prosecutors want to question him about sex crime allegations.

While those angles to the WikiLeaks story play out, the world is still waiting to know what was on those discs former Swiss banker Rudolf Elmer handed to Assange recently. Perhaps that will be known by the time ex-WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg's tell-all about WikiLeaks is published February 15.

Need a review of the WikiLeaks saga? CNN's Atika Shubert can explain, or read about the organization's Iraq war document spill here. For all of CNN.com's WikiLeaks coverage, click here.

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  1. Icthruyou

    "organisations" Really?

    January 27, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kre62

      Most words we spell with "z"s are spelled with an "s" in Europe. Including this one.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Biff

      Stupid American

      January 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jacks

      and Canada...

      January 27, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous Al

      centre, colour, rationalise, etc.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Flexible Atheist

    We're just laying in wait, no warning, any employee at our corporation that goes to WikiLeaks is quietly called into HR and let go. Three so far.

    January 27, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      What a crappy/ignorant company.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • pronco

      Good riddance. For the employee, that is.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • enc

      This is illegal in the United States. They should hire an attorney.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • pronco

      Nice to know you're "laying in wait, no warning," like the snakes that you are. Hopefully one of your employees will soon leak to Wikileaks and, better yet, not be as "quiet" about his or her firing as you are about administering it.

      January 27, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Really?

      And how do they know these employees went to Wikileaks? Did they also report to their own internal Whistleblower hotlines? I'd suggest doing that simultaneously with reporting to Wikileaks. Can't be fired for internal whistleblowing.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gabe

      Tell us the name of your company, coward.

      January 27, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • slorgg

      Here is my account of how whistleblowers are treated in corrupt agencies.

      When a corrupt agency discovers a whistleblower they need to follow a simple set of rules to deal with the problem. It is really quite simple and can be seen repeated many times over in history.

      Discover the whistleblower's position and terminate the individual's employment.

      Cite the reason for termination for reasons of crime or misconduct.

      Create (fabricate) multiple news "stories" and "reports" to be plastered on every paper and screen in the nation. Be sure to use "bad guy" music for all of the TV newscasts. Repeat over and over.

      Conceal or destroy the message of the whistleblower. Be sure to distort any message the individual has using soundbites or muzzle individual entirely.

      Present the individual to other potential whistleblowers as an example.

      Whistleblower may have an "accident" or commit "suicide" by, for example, shooting themselves in the back of the head six or seven times.... just to make sure.

      Good job. "Justice" has been served!

      January 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • junior

      Of course you people think this company is doing wrong when THEIR employees are on websites not related to work, they are being paid to work not to be on wikileaks. And numerous states have right to work laws and can fire you for any reason, like the guy and his tie yesterday.

      January 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • JesusNeedsABreak

      If your business practices are that dark then please let the rest of the world know where you work? Oh' that would be a leak eh?

      January 27, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Right on, society today has no clue what it takes to keep this country safe. We are so spoiled in our oblivion that we wont get it until its too late. I see where Wikileaks began, but, it has gone too far. They need to be shut down for any country's safety. 'Loose lips sink ships'

      January 28, 2011 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • GayFish

      Pathetic. Do you have the same policy for any other website that isn't work related? And are you as cowardice about it? Like everyone keeps asking, tell us the name of your company.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  3. Cesar

    Earth will end in 30 Billion years. I'll be too old to care. Each man for himself!

    January 27, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jesushater

      im not sure.but i dont really care.by the time the world ends i will either be 30 gazillion times maggot food or dead by it and not know it

      January 27, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. southsidemike

    will ann the furor over Emanual running for Mayor in Chicago, what exactly is the state or city law concerning residency; and what does it say . Someone had mentioned it has a clasue unless "in service of the governmant".

    January 27, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Dont be naive, that man was getting in no matter what. Remember this is the man who tried to intimidate someone he didnt agree with by slapping a dead fish on his desk. Chicago mob is quite powerful

      January 28, 2011 at 5:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Eric of Reseda

    Something is afoot, something that is going to change life on Earth in substantial ways. No, not the "End of Days", but a global revolution of sorts. A full democratization, where the current centers of power – The Church, Government, Corporate Boardrooms – will give way to other sorts of collections of men and woman who will lead more fairly and justly. But before that happens, get ready for heads to roll, from Enron (done!), to Tunisia, from GM (done!) to Egypt, from The Vatican to Washington, D.C. The world is locked in ways of operating that are mere extensions of business as usual dating back to the Dark Ages and beyond. Man is evolving quite fast now, right before our eyes, and what's going on with WikiLeaks – a product of the Digital Age and the Internet – is very much a part of that evolution. YEA!

    January 27, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shiguy

      Right... So many silly things in this comment I don't know where to begin. Are you saying governments and other power centers are going to collapse into some sort of atheist utopian tribal system? Your description, "...other sorts of collections of men and women who will lead more fairly and justly," would be laughable if not for the astonishing naivety of it. As for your assertion that man is evolving "quite fast now," what in the blazes are you talking about? Man's DNA is pretty much the same as it was thousands upon thousands of years ago. If you are referring to some sort of social evolution, there is nothing happening in modern soceity that hasn't happened in some from in past civilizations. I hope your comment is not a representation of the full extent of your experience, education or thoughfulness.

      January 27, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • humankind

      Eric,you are absolutely right! Just ignore people who are desperate,hypocritical,blind & who are already brain washed by their ancestor bullies. Some of our fellow humans are scared to accept the realities , since they don't wish to change the world,may be they also the part of this blood sucking community who think that they can suck the blood until the humanity ends. Hey dear bullies , world has changed!! Just wait for your ends!!! Your Dooms Day are approaching!!!

      January 28, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
    • lovesystem

      I think your probably right...things gettin worse before they get better!!

      January 28, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  6. renay

    i don t think anything to do with other countries should be released meaning anything to do with national security war and etc. now ufo and aliens who cares release it but anything to make us look bad or could hurt foreign relations is not in Americans best interest

    January 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • GayFish

      No, it absolutely is in the Americans' best interests, it's not in the American Government's best interests. The American interests and the Governments interests are two very different things, obviously, or we wouldn't be in these wars that the government needs to keep so secret.

      January 28, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Anonymous Person

      When the government does so many things that are unethical and contrary to the freedoms we all love, then the government can no longer be trusted on anything it does, and so public revealance is the best choice. Who watches the watchers?

      The Patriot act should have specifically stated that it can only be used for the purpose of investigating terrorism, but that did not happen, and it has been abused many times.

      We complain that government agencies have too much power, and congress / president respond by providing those agencies with even more power.

      Our government has 3 branches as a check and balance to keep any single branch from getting too powerful; but this philosophy has ben forgotten. Our law makers do not include any check and balance in new laws to asure they can't be abused. They simply provide empty promises that they won't, and we know how politicians are with promises.

      Authorities are good at telling stories to the Associated Puppet, er, I mean Associated Press, and it's always their stories that get told. Wikileaks may reveal too much in some cases, but if they begin censoring wht they release any more, then they become no different than those who are abusing their power.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  7. lhs

    Sorry, CNN, corporate media is dead.

    It's all bad news – that can't be trusted.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      I just discovered a website that I actually like so far. I have always liked CNN but lately they have been leaning way left in their selective articles, the way the articles are written, and what replies are allowed ( example, I know 99% of the bloggers on here are not the liberal haters that they appear to be, our country is more balanced than that) And the fact that they have the same articles posted for days. Washington Times online seems to be straight news

      January 28, 2011 at 5:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. ArcticWarrior

    Give us the answers that are governments are afraid of releasing information related to "Alien" visitations

    January 27, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richp, Easton, Pa

      The came, found no intelligent life and left..

      January 27, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • deuce

      Why would aliens want to come to this backwards planet? They'd probably land and get their face shot off instantly by some hick with a semiautomatic assault rifle in the name of Jesus Christ.

      January 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • fiskenmann

      "Why would aliens want to come to this backwards planet?"

      They come to see our great leader, deuce!!!

      January 27, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. trinh

    Wikileaks, My question is how can a person like you such an A** ??

    January 27, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      I am guessing Assange is a Marxist who wasnt nursed by his mommy

      January 28, 2011 at 5:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. WooooW

    Interesting...what exactly will they discuss during this round table? There enemies far as I'm concerned..so who gives a s#!+ ?!?!..on to the next blog.......

    January 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. WooooW

    *They're

    January 27, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. deuce

    Since the corporate takeover of the news media, it's become increasing difficult to get the truth. Would Watergate make the front page in today's world? Doubtful...too many people owe too many favors and too many stories get squashed, all on behalf of the almighty dollar.

    Give us a news agency with integrity that is willing to ask the hard hitting questions and search for ALL truth, even the inconvenient truth, and organizations like Wikileaks would not need to exist. The fact that it does is evidence of the need for this.

    If the media is not going to act as a beacon to shed light on the operations of the world's government, then we must shed the light ourselves. History will vindicate Julian Assagne.

    January 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Well said,deuce. Thank you. I hope for the same thing.

      January 27, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      I agree whole-heartedly. But speaking of balanced reporting you've omitted PBS; they're my go-to guys now that commercial news has become so utterly mercenary.

      January 27, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Oh my gosh, you are so right. Wikileaks is the over the line. But I do agree I have been yearning for some good old fashioned investigative news journalism. I am going to try Washington Times, I hope they are not right leaning , that will tick me off

      January 28, 2011 at 5:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. publius enigma

    In 2012 the internet will be nuked.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Actually, in a way you are very correct. The Obama administration is trying very hard to censor it. He is also trying to censor conservative radio. I think I can decide on my own what I want to listen to. Their argument is radio needs to be a balance of liberal and conservative talk. B.S. I dont want to hear a Lady Gaga song along with my soft rock radio station.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. kefa sole

    When does the civility process kick in to gear .How does this policy hurt the usa.

    January 27, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Prophet

    the world will end in 10 days... JK.. Hey weeky...who shot JFK?

    January 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
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