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8:50 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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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
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.
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’
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.”
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 …
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
New York Times:
Iran Fortifies Its Arsenal With the Aid of North Korea
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The Huffington Post:
WikiLeaks U.S. Embassy Cables: New Documents Released
Jay Solomon / Wall Street Journal:   U.S. Made Last-Ditch Push to Try to Prevent WikiLeaks Release
Associated Press:
Text of White House statement on WikiLeaks release
Glenn Greenwald / Salon:
The FBI successfully thwarts its own Terrorist plot  —  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 — allegedly attempted …
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Byron York / Washington Examiner:
BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL  —  Politically correct Portland rejected feds …
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
Washington Post:
McCain compares Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan  —  Sunday Rundown: A quick wrap-up of the Sunday talk shows.  —  CNN: STATE OF THE UNION - McCain compares Sarah Palin to Reagan  —  Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said China is not doing its part to avert a conflict between North Korea and South Korea …
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Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times:
China seeks emergency meeting on Korea
Discussion: Hullabaloo
Glenn Thrush / The Politico:
McCain wants ‘regime change’ in North Korea
Molly Hottle / Oregonian:
Fire was intentionally set at Islamic Center in Corvallis where alleged bomb plot suspect attended  —  A fire reported early this morning at the Salman Alfarisi Islamic Center in Corvallis where Portland bomb plot suspect Mohamed Osman Mohamud sometimes attended is being called arson.
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Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Neighbors say wannabe Christmas bomber Mohamed Mohamud embraced …
Discussion: Jihad Watch
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.
 
 
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