On the Radar: Assange and WikiLeaks, 'don't ask, don't tell,' World Cup hosts
December 2nd, 2010
09:59 AM ET

On the Radar: Assange and WikiLeaks, 'don't ask, don't tell,' World Cup hosts

WikiLeaks cables -The United States scrambled to contain the fallout from the slow-motion leak of cables from its embassies worldwide Wednesday as new documents showed American diplomats casting a jaundiced eye toward corruption's grip on Russia. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton personally made "several dozen" calls to counterparts in other countries in an effort to mitigate the damage from WikiLeaks, a website that facilitates the anonymous leaking of secret information, a senior State Department official said.

As we continue to dig into the story we take a look at the secret life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, whether leaks threaten to wreck banks, who's who in the cables, and a court's decision to refuse to hear Assange's appeal on an arrest warrant for suspicion of rape and sexual molestation.

When WikiLeaks first caused an international uproar this summer by publishing reams of classified U.S. intelligence, possibly stolen by a 23-year-old soldier using a CD and a memory stick, the Pentagon pledged to fix loopholes in its computer systems. CNN's Ashley Fantz will be taking a look at where we are in that process.

'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' - It's not if, but when, the law banning openly gay men and lesbians from serving in the military will be repealed, say advocates and top administration officials. Then it will be a question of how.

Will domestic partners receive benefits? Will gays and lesbians get their own military status? What will happen to housing? Will there be separate barracks and facilities? Will the change affect unit cohesion, especially on the battlefield? Will troops opposed to the repeal leave the military in droves? The Senate Armed Services Committee is hearing from the top military brass today.

World Cup announcement - The hour is almost upon us: FIFA will shortly vote on who will host the 2018 and 2022 World Cup finals. It sounds like a fairly simple, understated task to complete, but the honor of hosting the tournament has far-reaching ramifications.

The World Cup is challenged only by the Olympics as the biggest events in global sport; it generates billions of dollars for the economy of the host, and creates a "feel-good factor" that is precious in the current era of austerity. Take a look at who the favorites are to host the next two tournaments. We'll be streaming the announcement live on CNN.com when it happens.

Human trafficking –– They were promised a better education; instead a group of girls from West Africa were enslaved, forced to work in hair braiding salons in New Jersey.  It was years before authorities busted the trafficking ring. Today, the girls are free and their traffickers are in prison.  They spoke out about their experience for the first time to CNN. Their story will be featured later today on CNN.com, and tonight on a special AC360° series, "American Slaves: Hiding in Plain Sight," at 10 ET on CNN.

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    December 2, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    My respect to you Mr. Assange, please release more secret docs. The whole world should know who is sabotaging the peace.

    December 2, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Chunk

      OK! I'll talk! In third grade, I cheated on my history exam. In fourth grade, I stole my uncle Max's toupee and I glued it on my face when I was Moses in my Hebrew School play. In fifth grade, I knocked my sister Edie down the stairs and I blamed it on the dog... When my mom sent me to the summer camp for fat kids and then they served lunch I got nuts and I pigged out and they kicked me out... But the worst thing I ever done – I mixed a pot of fake puke at home and then I went to this movie theater, hid the puke in my jacket, climbed up to the balcony and then, t-t-then, I made a noise like this: hua-hua-hua-huaaaaaaa – and then I dumped it over the side, all over the people in the audience. And then, this was horrible, all the people started getting sick and throwing up all over each other. I never felt so bad in my entire life.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Sherri W.W.

    Put this guy in jail ASAP!~and anybody else who helped him endanger our Troops and all of America~these people should NOT be able to send so much as a letter out of whichever PRISON they are in!

    December 2, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. Name Here

    Fair is fair: if you go after Assange, then you Libbey, Rove and Cheney must also face a court for doing the same thing

    December 2, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nat

    chunk you are hilarious!!

    December 2, 2010 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
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    I don't Obama seems like a "kiss ass". He wants to please everybody I mean cover his bases ...He changes his his story so many times you don't know what he stand for. Thanks for looking. http://55chevy.notlong.com

    December 27, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |