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9:55 PM ET, November 28, 2010

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New York Times:
Cables Obtained by WikiLeaks Shine Light Into Secret Diplomatic Channels  —  WASHINGTON — A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at backroom bargaining by embassies around the world …
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Spiegel Online:
A Superpower's View of the World  —  251,000 State Department documents, many of them secret embassy reports from around the world, show how the US seeks to safeguard its influence around the world.  It is nothing short of a political meltdown for US foreign policy.
David Leigh / Guardian:
US cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis  —  • More than 250,000 dispatches reveal US foreign strategies  —  • Diplomats ordered to spy on allies as well as enemies  —  • Saudi king urged Washington to bomb Iran  —  Read the full coverage of the US embassy cables
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wikileaks servers under DOS attack ahead of diplomatic document dump; Update: Times reveals documents; Update: Hillary ordered spying at the UN; Update: Iran obtains advanced missiles from North Korea?  Update: Wikileaks posts intro to documents  —  It's probably not the feds who are responsible …
Guardian:
Saudi Arabia urges US attack on Iran to stop nuclear programme  —  • Embassy cables show Arab allies want strike against Tehran  —  • Israel prepared to attack alone to avoid its own 9/11  —  • Iranian bomb risks ‘Middle East proliferation, war or both’
New York Times:
A Note to Readers: The Decision to Publish Diplomatic Documents  —  The articles published today and in coming days are based on thousands of United States embassy cables, the daily reports from the field intended for the eyes of senior policy makers in Washington.
Spiegel Online:
US Diplomats Told to Spy on Other Countries at United Nations  —  The US State Department gave its diplomats instructions to spy on other countries' representatives at the United Nations, according to a directive signed by Hillary Clinton.  Diplomats were told to collect information about e-mail accounts …
Haaretz:
WikiLeaks exposé: Barak warned strike on Iran was viable until end of 2010  —  Classified cable quotes State Dept. official as saying U.S. dismissed Netanyahu's warnings on Iran nukes as ploy. … A 2009 American government cable released Sunday by the WikiLeaks website quotes Defense …
John / Power Line:
More Wikileaks  —  Newspapers around the world have started publishing some of the thousands of American diplomatic cables which they were given by Wikileaks.  It has been reported that Wikileaks' source was “a disenchanted, low-level Army intelligence analyst who exploited a security loophole.”
New York Times:
Around the World, Distress Over Iran  —  In late May 2009, Israel's defense minister, Ehud Barak, used a visit from a Congressional delegation to send a pointed message to the new American president.  —  In a secret cable sent back to Washington, the American ambassador to Israel …
Guardian:
US diplomats spied on UN leadership
Discussion: Focal Point and Raw Story
The Huffington Post:
WikiLeaks U.S. Embassy Cables: New Documents Released
Associated Press:
Text of White House statement on WikiLeaks release
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Made Last-Ditch Push to Try to Prevent WikiLeaks Release
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The FBI successfully thwarts its own Terrorist plot  —  (updated below)  —  The FBI is obviously quite pleased with itself over its arrest of a 19-year-old Somali-American, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who — with months of encouragement, support and money from the FBI's own undercover agents …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Politically correct Portland rejected feds …
Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Neighbors say wannabe Christmas bomber Mohamed Mohamud embraced extremism after parents split  —  Arsonists set fire Sunday to the Oregon Islamic center that the wannabe Christmas-tree bomber had attended, authorities said.  —  The fire was reported about 2:25 a.m. at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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Marin Cogan / The Politico:
Presidential historian curses, calls Americans ‘lazy and obese’  —  Presidential biographer Edmund Morris delivered one of the more, well, colorful lines on this week's Sunday morning shows.  —  On CBS's “Face the Nation,” host Bob Schieffer, anchoring an authors roundtable discussion …
Discussion: LewRockwell.com Blog and Althouse
King Abdullah / Guardian:
US embassy cables: Saudi king's advice for Barack Obama  —  NSC FOR JBRENNAN AND JDUNCAN; STATE FOR S/WCI  —  Classified By: Pol Counselor Lisa Carle, 1.4(b),(d)  — (S) Saudi King Abdullah welcomed White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, S/WCI Ambassador Williamson …
Discussion: Danger Room and Fox Nation
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Guardian:
US embassy cables: Saudi king urges US strike on Iran
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Doug Ross
Halimah Abdullah / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Blue Dog survivor blames Obama, Pelosi for losses  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Ben Chandler said last week he partially blames the Obama administration and U.S. House leadership for Democrats' election losses and his extremely narrow re-election.  —  “If not there, where else does the responsibility lie? …
Discussion: The Hill and Weasel Zippers
David Segal / New York Times:
A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web  —  SHOPPING online in late July, Clarabelle Rodriguez typed the name of her favorite eyeglass brand into Google's search bar.  —  In moments, she found the perfect frames — made by a French company called Lafont — on a Web site that looked snazzy and stood at the top of the search results.
Jeffrey Rosen / Washington Post:
Why the TSA pat-downs and body scans are unconstitutional  —  The protest on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving was called National Opt-Out Day, and its organizers urged air travelers to refuse the Transportation Security Administration's full-body scanning machines.  —  But many appeared to have opted out of opting out.
 
 
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