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1:05 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
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.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
WikiLeaks, Secret Cables and the Downside of America's Security Mania … The embarrassing release of more than a quarter million confidential U.S. diplomatic cables Sunday by WikiLeaks is certain to spawn a hand-wringing national debate over why America cannot keep its secrets.
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 …
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 and The BRAD BLOG
Allahpundit / Hot Air:
Wikileaks servers under DOS attack ahead of diplomatic document dump …
Nick Allen / Telegraph:
Bradley Manning: The prime suspect of giving files to WikiLeaks
Omri Ceren / Mere Rhetoric:
Wikileaks - Anti-Israel Foreign Policy Experts Got Saudi Arabia …
King Abdullah / Guardian:
US embassy cables: Saudi king's advice for Barack Obama
Discussion: Fox Nation and Danger Room
Associated Press:
Text of White House statement on WikiLeaks release
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 and Speakeasy
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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.
Associated Press:
Leslie Nielsen, Actor, Dies at 84
Big Journalism:
Media Matters Lies About Media Coverage of Sarah Palin North Korea Slip  —  Democratic Party front group Media Matters for America has published yet another attack on Republican Sarah Palin.  This one a dishonest portrayal of media coverage of her recent slip of the tongue regarding the crisis on the Korean peninsula.
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Barbara Demick / Los Angeles Times:
China seeks emergency meeting on Korea
Discussion: Hullabaloo
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 …
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
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 …
Spiegel Online:
Diplomatic Cables Reveal US Doubts about Turkey's Government  —  The leaked diplomatic cables reveal that US diplomats are skeptical about Turkey's dependability as a partner.  The leadership in Ankara is depicted as divided and permeated by Islamists.  —  US diplomats have grave doubts about Turkey's dependability.
Discussion: Weasel Zippers
 
 
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