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Biden vs. Biden?

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Did somebody get to Joe Biden?

In an interview Thursday on msnbc TV, the vice president essentially pooh-poohed the WikiLeaks dump of classified State Department cables, saying that at worst, they were “embarrassing”:

“I don’t think there’s any damage,” Biden said. “I don’t think there’s any substantive damage.”

(Here’s the full transcript.)

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December 17, 2010 at 3:54 pm

WikiLeaks paints more nuanced picture of Iran

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The life of a reporter: I’m posting this late because I was on vacation when it actually ran on msnbc.com (in fact, I finished writing it on the plane to Georgia) and it slipped my mind.

Classified U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks paint a picture of an Iran with few friends in the Mideast, even among nations that speak more accommodatingly in public for political reasons. The documents show that the Iranian leadership is not united behind President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and that the United States and its European allies must lean heavily on the government of Turkey for its limited insight into the affairs of Tehran, despite what they see as the erratic unreliability of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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December 15, 2010 at 2:04 pm

WikiLeaks attacks getting more sophisticated

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Over at Technolog, I’m analyzing the newest DDoS attack on WikiLeaks. This one is 50 times the size of the Anonymous attack on Scientology in 2008.

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December 1, 2010 at 12:05 pm

U.S. can’t let WikiLeaks limit candor, diplomats say

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Former U.S. ambassadors say taking more diplomatic communications offline in response to the WikiLeaks documents would cripple the ability to “make the world work.”

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com with NBC News reports)

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November 29, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Reporting: News organizations look at WikiLeaks material with different eyes

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WikiLeaks.org tried to coordinate coverage of its highly anticipated release of secret U.S. documents from the war in Iraq by sharing the material with a select group of news organizations weeks in advance, but it couldn’t coordinate what they actually said.

In the end, the shadowy, decentralized organization couldn’t even coordinate the release of its own documents. Al-Jazeera, one of the news organizations that it had given the documents weeks ago, broke WikiLeaks’ embargo by publishing a six-minute video on its website late Friday afternoon. The New York Times, The Guardian of Britain and Le Monde, which also received the material under the embargo, followed swiftly with their extensive prepared reports.

Full story (Alex Johnson/msnbc.com)

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October 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm