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2:40 AM ET, November 29, 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
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Bradley Manning: The prime suspect of giving files to WikiLeaks  —  The prime suspect in the leaking of top secret documents to the WikiLeaks website is currently confined to a cell at a military base in Quantico, Virginia.  —  Bradley Manning, 23, enlisted in the US Army in 2007 and became …
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 …
Discussion: Guardian
Associated Press:
Text of White House statement on WikiLeaks release
Omri Ceren / Mere Rhetoric:
Wikileaks - Anti-Israel Foreign Policy Experts Got Saudi Arabia, Other Arab Countries 100% Backward On Iran Attack  —  By  —  It didn't get nearly as much play as it should have, but Obama's June 2009 meeting with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah ended with the monarch flying into a tirade …
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King Abdullah / Guardian:
US embassy cables: Saudi king's advice for Barack Obama
Discussion: Fox Nation and Danger Room
Guardian:
US embassy cables: Saudi king urges US strike on Iran
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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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Lukas I. Alpert / NY Daily News:
Neighbors say wannabe Christmas bomber Mohamed Mohamud embraced …
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Anita Gates / New York Times:
Leslie Nielsen, Actor, Dies at 84  —  Leslie Nielsen, the Canadian-born actor who in middle age tossed aside three decades of credibility in dramatic and romantic roles to make a new, far more successful career as a comic actor in films like “Airplane!” and the “Naked Gun” series, died on Sunday in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was 84.
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Dan Snierson / EW.com:
Leslie Nielsen, ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun’ star, dies at 84  —  Leslie Nielsen, who dazzled with deadpan in The Naked Gun and Airplane!, passed away on Sunday at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was being treated for pneumonia, according to the New York Times.  He was 84.
Discussion: Rumproast
Associated Press:
Leslie Nielsen, Actor, Dies at 84  —  FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in “Airplane!” and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun” comedies, has died.  He was 84.  —  His agent John S. Kelly …
William A. Jacobson / Le·gal In·sur·rec· tion:
The Obsession With Liberals' Obsession With Sarah Palin  —  Charles Krauthammer has lambasted the mainstream (i.e. liberal) media for its obsession with Sarah Palin.  —  That goes double for liberal entertainers and academics, and triple for the left-blogosphere, which is nuts-in-the-head …
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Washington Post:
McCain compares Sarah Palin to Ronald Reagan
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 …
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Guardian:
US diplomats spied on UN leadership
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 …
David Carr / New York Times:
A Media False Alarm Over the T.S.A.  —  If a squadron of mad scientists surrounded by supercomputers gathered in a laboratory to try to conjure a single news topic that would blow up large, they could not touch the T.S.A. pat-down story.  —  It began with a Drudge Report link to a video …
 
 
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