November 29th, 2010
10:03 AM ET

On the Radar: Wikileaks, Koreas tension, bomb suspect

WikiLeaks documents - WikiLeaks, the website sitting on a trove of U.S. diplomatic cables, didn't expect the papers to reveal as much espionage as they apparently do, a spokesman says. The New York Times and four European news outlets that had received the documents in advance began publishing excerpts on Sunday. Many of them detail conversations on sensitive issues between American officials and leaders in the Middle East, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

Major topics in the documents include pressure from U.S. allies in the Middle East for decisive action to neutralize Iran's nuclear program, conversations about military action against al Qaeda militants in Yemen, and Washington's efforts to have highly enriched uranium removed from a Pakistani research reactor.

Here are some of the angles on the story that our reporters are working on today:

North and South Korea tensions - South Korea has reportedly deployed more long-range artillery and rocket launchers on Yeonpyeong Island, a border island struck by North Korean shelling last week, according to military officials.The officials' remarks were reported Monday by the Yonhap news agency in Seoul. The report comes as joint military exercises between South Korea and the United States continue in the Yellow Sea and tensions with North Korea continue to brew. 

Bomb suspect in court - A 19-year-old Somali-American, accused of planning to detonate what he believed was a vehicle bomb, is expected to make an initial appearance in a Portland, Oregon, federal court Monday.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was arrested after he attempted to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van parked near a tree-lighting ceremony in Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square on Friday, officials said.

But the bomb turned out to be fake, thanks to an undercover operation designed to undermine the plotter. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said "the materials were not explosive," and officials said the public was never in danger from the mock device.

soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. phil

    I can hardly wait to hear from the blid flag wavers today. Watch, they will blame whistleblowers for what their "holy" government got caught doing. Congrat's to Hillarious Clinton for being today's most popular "victim" of the leaks. hey! Let's start a "victim of the leak" club. I nominate Hillary as club president. Second the motion? Anyone?

    November 29, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • The Red Shuttle ...

      what really happens in North Korea??? ...

      November 29, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • john


      November 30, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    "blind" flag wavers rather.

    November 29, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |