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. PeterLance

    The Question is if Wikileaks has anything from the cable collection pertaining to collaboration between superpower(s) and EU members as well as allies in the ME BEFORE 9/11, and the fragments of why this attack was permitted. Obviously US services in Europe and domestic European services were the guiding forces. But why? With Rumsfeld announcing his 2.3 trillion $ shortfall one day prior to the attack, that is NO way you treat accountants in the Pentagon, however 'bad' they may be.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    @John...it usually takes years to force the government to reveal it's secrets. example: The 9/11 Victim's families actually had to sue the US Government in court, using the Freedom of Informaction act, for years before the gov. was finally forced to release Pentagon surveilance video of the "flight 77" crash. And even though this video evidence has been released, the vast majority don't even bother to view it. It's as if people do not care what the gov. does, as long as their bellies are full...their minds remain empty, willfully ignorant.

    January 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    The real "cloak" is that a foreign bank control's The Federal Reserve. The "dagger" will come when the fed is finally, and for the first time ever, audited. For decades both Democrat and Republican administrations have refused to audit the Federal Reserve themselves, and refuse to allow anyone else to do so.. What would be revealed by a simple audit? Are not our own banks audited? (for more on this, scroll up)

    January 27, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JesusNeedsABreak

    What a nice day eh?

    January 27, 2011 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. publius enigma

    Question: Is the cia supporting Luis Posada Carriles in terrorist actions against Cuba?

    January 27, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cesar

      Most probably so if I know the C.I.A. They've been at it since 1947,that is,worldwide of course. We'll probably never know the extent of the damage they did aroud the world except that it's quite extensive.

      January 28, 2011 at 2:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. nicole

    People can call me names and be mad at me all they want on here but i am an AMERICAN!! So please tell me why your site allows people to post stuff up that puts americans in harms way?

    January 28, 2011 at 1:14 am | Report abuse |
  7. Philip

    @JL...tru, and well said. Assange released this info first to our government, and agreed that some of the leaks were too sensative to be released, and so they were omitted from the public accounting. Oobviously, any management team or government needs privacy to deal with sensitive issues. I believe Assange respects that. But I still wish the B.I.S. and how that one foreign bank controls the world's central banks, including those located here, shouuld be revealed.

    January 28, 2011 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Alex

    WikiLeaks never put any American in harms way. Some Americans- by being secretive, clandestine, sneaky, or dishonest put themselves in harm's way. The archaic way of doing business- underhanded diplomacy, subterfuge, espionage is manipulative, immoral, and even criminal. I am all for transparency, freedom of information, and most especially courage. Courage to be truly American- honest, moral, truthful, dignified, and just. What kind of an American are you? The truth shall set you free- not put you in harm's way.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
  9. opinionguru

    If Assange had turned up any REAL 'secrets', he would have been a corpse long before he had the chance to leak anything to anyone. What you mostly see is second and third generation disinformation. One of the oldest tricks in the business ... misdirection.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  10. Alex

    Want to make WikiLeaks obsolete? Refuse to kill another human being. Refuse to lie, cheat, and steal for some nonexistent "greater good". Stop scheming and dreaming up plots for a paycheck. Go fishing instead. Peace of mind is that simple. Corruption and greed are unnecessary if you really care about your own happiness and the happiness of your children.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:33 am | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Good points Cesar and Alex too. It was wall streets greed with full government complicity that brought this upon US. Hard working people supporting their families didn't need bailed out because they got too greedy.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:39 am | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    And Cesar, the CIAs activities are quite well known if you research them. Heres one: During the Reagan years, Ross Perot and a team of investigators went to SE Asia looking for MIA's. They stumbled upon a vast CIA drug ring, then Reagan 'flip-flopped' ordered them home. It was discovered that this drug money was being funneled thru Haitian banks. Then pres. of haiti Aristide made it illegal for the CIA to do this in Haiti. He was overthrown my revolutionists armed with bra(d-new M-16s. I know of hundreds of examples even more astonishing than this....but I'm old and read a lot.

    January 28, 2011 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Catie

    I know, I will support Wikileaks when they can find out anything about Obama. That mans past is in a safe. Why? Why cant we know him. He looks like a really great husband and father. Why is his past so secretive? What he took in college, who his friends were. I am nostalgic, I am one of those people that love to look at your old photo albums and vacation slides to get to know you. Why dont we know anything about this man. I pray for him every single day but it does beg to question...

    January 28, 2011 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
    • BBOULER

      Because, my dear Catie - he's a FRAUD. That's why. His background is made up. He's an illegal residing in this country and he does not deserve to be in the office of president.

      January 28, 2011 at 5:59 am | Report abuse |
  14. Catie

    Hey how about Wikileaks does an article on the Bilderberg Group. Then I would call them legit. I guaranty it would scare the tar out of a lot of people

    January 28, 2011 at 5:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. BBOULER

    The NYTimes needs to be shut down. Forever and it's head leadership, editors, etc. charged with treason against this country.

    I've got a question for WikiLeaks "round table" .... Why is your cowardly, piece of crap "leader" still alive? Why hasn't he been assassinated yet, like the sorry cur dog that he is?

    January 28, 2011 at 5:58 am | Report abuse |
    • GayFish

      Because fortunately not everyone in the world is as retarded as you are. I bet you would have had MLK assassinated too right? Or did you just silently snicker when he was?

      January 28, 2011 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
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