On the Radar: WikiLeaks and Assange; don't ask, don't tell; debt-slashing
December 3rd, 2010
09:25 AM ET

On the Radar: WikiLeaks and Assange; don't ask, don't tell; debt-slashing

WikiLeaks - A U.S.-based domain name provider shut down WikiLeaks early Friday, but the controversial website announced hours later that it had employed a company in Switzerland and was back up.

"WikiLeaks moves to Switzerland," the company said on its Twitter page about 4 a.m. ET. The tweet also provided WikiLeaks' new Web address. U.S.-based domain provider EveryDNS.net shut down WikiLeaks' old Web address early Friday. The company announced that it had to cut its relationship with WikiLeaks because the site had received multiple cyber attacks.

Today we'll be taking a look at the James Bond-esque bunker where WikiLeaks files are kept, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in his own words, and what he has to say about the latest document dump when he takes questions from readers from the UK's Guardian.

Don't ask, don't tell - Leaders of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and the Coast Guard are expected to speak Friday as the Senate Armed Services Committee holds its second day of hearings on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Sen. John McCain said at the hearing Thursday that now is not the time to repeal the policy on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the U.S. armed forces.

Debt-slashing plan - A bipartisan commission will decide Friday whether to send Congress its controversial plan for slashing the federal deficit.

The 18-member panel released a report Wednesday recommending spending cuts and tax changes that would cut $4 trillion in deficits over the next 10 years. Fourteen of the 18 commissioners need to vote in favor of the plan in order to send it on to Congress.

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  1. sigthor jonsson

    Seems like CNN is thinking to have a fair coverage of the wikileaks files.

    No wonder, CNN image internationally has been damaged greatly and I doubt that any european will ever consider CNN a source of news again, more likely a source of propaganda.

    December 3, 2010 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. An American

    Bravo Amazon!!!!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. ApostasyUSA

    Wikileaks rocks! Now the powers that be are falling all over themselves because a little truth has spilled out into the world and they all intend to shoot the messenger. Little do the so called leaders of this world realize; that you can't stop the white rabbit. – Here:

    As for the hypocrite Republican closeted gays: OK all you Mormons and other self proclaimed profits. Your days of lies and deceit, your days for dividing people are dwindling. What are you going to rejoice about when you get old? That you stopped the gays from getting married for a short while or maybe that you disallowed the right of someone serving with honor in our military? Well than; Mission Accomplished.

    Republicans still believe in the trickle down effect. Isn't that funny?

    The 2005 CBO data show that changes in law enacted since January 2001 increased the deficit by $539 billion in 2005. In the absence of such legislation, the nation would have a surplus that year. In 2010, when all the Bush tax cuts were finally phased in, a staggering 52.5 percent of the benefits went to the richest 5 percent of taxpayers. President Bush and his supporters argued that these high-income tax cuts would benefit everybody because they would unleash investment that would spark widespread economic prosperity.

    There is no evidence of this. From 2000 to 2007, the United States lost one in five (3.5 million) middle-class jobs. A majority of the new jobs created in the United States under Bush pay extremely low wages at less than $18,000 a year, usually without benefits. This is with corporate profits at an all time high since 1960

    Dividing people with emotional exploitation, screaming for tax breaks and ending of industry regulation is all the Republican Party is about and is absolutely funded by the companies that benefit directly from the tax breaks and deregulation.

    What does the United States of America deserve for voting for Republicans? An oily, poisoned Gulf of Mexico.

    December 3, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. levi

    sounds like typical amazon and "cowardly do not deserve to be american logic" allow pedophile guides to be posted and sold but refuse to allow true free speech showing the malicious and malign acts of the American government that place or solders in harms way to be revealed. Do any of you honestly not have a clue??? WHAT IS THE TRUE THREAT TO OUR SOLDIERS? SOMEONE WHO TELLS US THE TRUTH OR SOMEONE WHO USES LIES TO PUT OUR SOLDIERS IN WARS TO BEGIN WITH?? WAKE UP YOU STUPID PEOPLE AND PROTECT OUR PEOPLE!! STOP THE LIARS AND ORDER TRANSPARENCY!! YOU SHOULD WANT TO KNOW WHEN YOUR GOVERNMENT LIES !!!!

    December 3, 2010 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Never ceases to amaze me how that age old (D) vs. (R) ploy used by crooked politicans for centuries to divide people....still works. At least on simple minds anyway.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  6. Reggie

    This shouldn't be so complicated. If WikiLeaks had been posting Britney Spears songs, they'd have already been dealt with. Why can't the state dept have the same rights?...


    December 3, 2010 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dale Moore

    What is wrong with this country is just being weak and nobody taking to task organizations like Wikileaks, countries like China. Arrest Julian Assange and ban anything made in China from this country, then we will get peoples attention.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  8. Oompa Looms

    Let the gays in the military. Fire the gay congressmen and nuke north korea

    December 3, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ted in pdx

    The moderators at CNN are among the most intrusive and arbitrary of any I've found amongst the major on-line news organizations. The Wall Street Journal on the other hand (owned by Fox parent company) has never censored a posting of mine, regardless of it's ideological focus, right or left (and I have posted both, although WSJ will reject a post with even mild profanity). The same is true of the Washington Post: allows lengthy posts (too lengthy I would say), but almost never blocks commentary due to it's content. I rarely post here anymore for these reasons. This time, to my surprise, my post supportive of Mr. Assange was blocked. (FYI)

    December 4, 2010 at 4:49 am | Report abuse |