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. Joe The Politician

    it will take the "act of congress" to get wiki to leak!

    January 27, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Greyson

    The reality of extraterrestrial life and back-engineered technology... also, blow the lid off what's going on in S4 and Lockheed Skunkworks.

    January 27, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. victim of democrat hypocrisy

    Here's a good question: If Wikileaks doesn't think anything should be secret, why won't they open up their funding sources to scrutiny?

    January 27, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Because they are being persecuted, their funding sources are protected, not hidden. Do you think before you post, or just vomit it out?

      January 27, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JLS639

      It is not even remotely true that WikiLeaks thinks nothing should be secret, and you need only look at what they have done to know this. They have not released the vest majority of the material they received. Why? They are vetting it to remove sensitive material they think should remain secret.

      Your comment is, unfortunately, typical for WikiLeaks critics: make stuff up about them, not matter how obviously bald-faced false it is. I wonder why so few people can actually manage to criticize WikiLeaks based on how WikiLeaks actually operates?

      January 28, 2011 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      Because we would find out that Soros is funding Wikileaks and he is a friend of Obamas. That wouldnt look good

      January 28, 2011 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
  4. citizen of the world

    Transparency wouldn't be an issue if all the people of the world, decided the course of the world...
    http://annononon.blogspot.com/2011/01/wppb-world-peoples-private-businesses.html

    January 27, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      I do not want a world order, just the sound of that gives me the eebie jeebies! The world is too big. Even God divided the land, we are people with a free will, unless you are from N.K. And we will always have different cultures, different religions and different values. It cannot work unless you make the World Order a Dictatorship, Ruler vs Servent. Do you really want that. People need to think clearly about what it would take to do that. It would not be pretty, I assure you

      January 28, 2011 at 5:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Catie

      servant

      January 28, 2011 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl from Minnesota

      @ Catie, that is what America has now, a Ruler vs Servant society. The Rulers of our country, that control our politicians, are the Corporations and the wealthy top 1% of our country...........and the rest of our country is of course, the Servant. If more Americans could afford to travel out of the country to other places overseas with a National Health care system like Norway, where they also discourage their companies to outsource jobs and the unemployment rate is 3%. You would see how nice and stressless their lifestyle is. I have lived in Norway this past year, and if the USA could just pick up a few good ideas to give our countrymen a better life.............we would be a "PERFECT" country. Americans must open their eyes to see that all we are doing is making the rich in our country richer, by being fooled and sucked in by their lies. I cannot understand why we would rather pay $400 to $600 per month for health insurance, allowing the CEO's for these companies to live in a comfort we shall never know........than to pay $135 per month for an affordable health care program. Having a national health care program does not mean you have a socialistic government. If we keep letting the rich control our government, the middle class will disappear and we will become a country like Mexico, with 2 classes. We need to let the government help us all out to fight back against the rich Corporate world.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. monte gordon

    Hang Assange for treason for the whole world.

    January 27, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  6. monte gordon

    Wikileaks is a pos outfit. stupid idiots.

    January 27, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jon

    How dare Assange tell us the truth! I, like many of my fellow Americans, don't believe in freedom of the press or the right to publish, and wish I could continue to live in ignorance of the actiosn of my government! Who needs democracy when you can say things like "Treason!" and "National interest!"
    After all, it's not like you could just justify any horrible, illegal act, in violation of democratic principle with the justification of 'national interest'. It's not liek that exactly hopw the Nazi's seized power and justified the holocaust and the invasion of Europe. National interest! I don't know exactly what that means, but liek a good, porrly-educated, ignorant American I'm just gonna bend over and let my govt have their way with me! God Bless America (unless you\'re a muslim American).

    January 27, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cheryl from Minnesota

      I am sure most Americans would disagree with you Jon. I believe most Americans would support a "Free" press......otherwise we would be in the dark and we wouldn't know what was going on in the world.

      January 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. Philip

    Until I see a wikileak concerning The Bank For International Settlements showing us just how this bank controls all of the worlds central banks, including the ones here, I will believe that the leaks are nothing more than distractions.. The B.I..F. manipulates markets and economies throughout the world, causing recessions and deciding what nations must remain sovreign, and what nations may go in debt. Nations that are not allowed to be in debt, have their natural resources plundered by the nations that are in debt. Debt-free countries starve, and debt-ridden countries struggle with obesity. A public audit of the Federal Reserve would show this, but none of the world's governments allow the central banks located in their countries to be audited. Our own Democrat and Republican leaders have always refused to audit the Federal Reserve. Why?// Mr. Assange, we give a hoot about embarrasing leaks. Give us the beef on the B.I.S.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bostongye

    Wikileaks is a cowardly organization. Even if theyre not putting our conventional forces at risk, theyre certainly putting our strategically placed informants and SF guys in harms way. It wouldnt surprise me if Julian Assange falls victim to a sniper's bullet at some point.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Philip

    Cowards hide behind secrets, not that wiki leaked anything substantial. All that was leaked were just embarrassing distractions. When wiki leaks how and why the Federal Reserve takes orders, not from the government, but from one foreign bank, (discussed above) then I might listen to Assange. So far, his leaks are boring and reveal nothing we didn't already know. If you didn't already know, you should try paying attention to what's going on in the world.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • conoclast

      Until the WikiLeaks disclosures I had no idea that the mainstream Muslim world distrusts the Iranians. Amazing what we don't know, hmmm?

      January 27, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    @conoclast...describe What you call the "mainstream Muslim world" for us please.

    January 27, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Iran is 98% Muslim, and like all other Muslims, they believe that the Koran is the word of Allah. The Koran makes it clear: "Slay the infedels (those who do not believe in Allah) wherever you find them and drive them out..."– Sura 2:191 True Muslims follow this command, and defend their homeland against foregn invaders. Phony Muslims's, like the House of Saud and the President of Kuwait, ignore the Koran and profit by doing business with the unbelievers, even adopting foreign customs. More and more of this world's Muslim population are turning their back's on the word of Allah, even joining the armies of Allah's enemies, the unbelieveing nations. We see the same thing happening in Christendom. People claiming belief in God's word, but joining armies of opposing forces so that you have Christians killing Christians. True Muslims would never join forces with the infidels who wish to conquer Iran. Neither would true Christians.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • bostongye

      Sounds like the "phony" Muslims, ie House of Saud and Kuwaits, not to mention Dubai and Bahrain, are doing pretty good for themselves for "phonies." They dont believe in being backward.

      January 27, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jesushater

    good i like it when people make trouble.If you have nothing to hide why keep it secret?

    January 27, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John

    The US should give Assange a medal,the vast majority of what has been released actually shows the US in a favourable light.If the United States wasn't so wrapped up in all the cloak and dagger carry on they could of released most of this stuff themselves.

    January 27, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Well said,John. Thank you.

      January 27, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    @bostongye...true, that does seem to be the case. (if you consider ignoring God for profit as "doing pretty good") They are doing "pretty good" because, while acting as if they are faithful, in reality, they aren't. They have sided with what the Koran calls "the enemies of Allah" and have been rewarded for it, handomely. Why do they still pretend to be Muslim, when it is sooo obvious they aren't?

    January 27, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
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