OK, so I was wrong with a couple of my predictions. Florida’s loathsome Attorney General, Bill McCollum, will not be running for Governor after all. Perhaps it was his decision to take Florida’s taxpayers money to spearhead a misguided attempt by a group of AGs to sue the federal government over the health care law. But whatever the reason, the Republicans of Florida decided that the sleazy billionaire Rick Scott–who didn’t bother to show up at any debates with his opponent, including one just four days ago where he sent his mother in his stead– would make a better candidate! Yikes.
On the Senate side, my predictions came true. Marco Rubio is the teabagger Republican candidate, Kendrick Meek the Democrat, and Charlie Crist will likely be our next US Senator from Florida.
There were a few more surprises in the hot & cold primaries of yesterday, and we’ll run them down with Cliff Schecter, president and founder of the PR firm Libertas LLC, author of the 2008 bestseller “The Real McCain,” and contributor to Huffington Post and The Guardian.
And Jeanne Devon (aka AKMuckraker) of The Mudflats will fill us in on what happened in Alaska, where incumbent Lisa Murkowski seems to have gone down to defeat at the hands of teabagger Joe Miller. And what about the Democratic candidate Scott McAdams? Her account of what happened is in Huffington Post today too.
But we’ll start the show with a visit across the pond…to Sweden, the home of wikileaks! Yes, Julian Assange & co posted another document today. This time, a CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States “exporting terrorism”, 2 Feb 2010.
Although it was classified as “secret,” it was deemed by most to be inconsequential. But wikileaks is also sitting on many more documents that are likely more ominous. Perhaps that’s the reason Assange was charged with rape earlier this week? And then, of course, those charges were dropped.
Tonight, we’ll start the show with a call to Anna Troberg, the Deputy Party Leader of the Swedish Pirate Party, who are housing wikileaks’ new servers.
According to Germany’s DW-World,
At a pub in downtown Stockholm last weekend, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and Pirate Party leader Rick Falkvinge signed an agreement under which the Swedish political party would now host Wikileaks’ servers under party protection. The two groups announced the partnership online Tuesday.
The Pirate Party of Sweden, according to its website, stands for reform of copyright law, abolishing the patent system and the right to privacy.
In recent weeks, the website Wikileaks has come under fire from governments around the world, most notably the United States, after publishing thousands of leaked government and military documents to its website. But given that the organization’s servers are physically distributed amongst a number of countries, shutting the site down has proven to be nearly impossible.
“[Wikileaks] will place these servers together with the Pirate Party’s servers,” said Anna Troberg, the Swedish Pirate Party’s deputy party leader, “And the Pirate Party’s IT technicians will maintain and take care of these servers and we will make sure that they are always connected to the Internet.”
She added that she expected the party to begin hosting Wikileaks “within a few days.
I’ll also speak with Media Matters’ Eric Boehlert about Glenn Beck’s “Restoring Honor” rally taking place Saturday near the Lincoln Memorial, on the 47th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech.