On the Radar: Talk from Assange, tax deal to Obama, new North Korean threats
December 17th, 2010
10:02 AM ET

On the Radar: Talk from Assange, tax deal to Obama, new North Korean threats

WikiLeaks - Now that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is out of jail, he's making up for lost time by talking to media outlets about sex allegations against him, saying he believes they are little more than an effort to discredit him and his organization for leaking diplomatic cables.

Assange (pictured, center, talking to reporters Thursday) also said the technological and legal attacks on his website are diverting resources from its core mission. But he said it has not slowed the group from publishing new secret diplomatic documents.

In fact, new cables have come out showing the United States and Cuba have been cooperating when it comes to fighting drug smuggling and others detailing allegations that India condoned torture of suspects in detention centers in Jammu and Kashmir, a region that's the secne of a long guerrilla war by Muslim separatists.

Tax deal - A bill that includes a two-year extension of the Bush-era tax cuts and an extension of jobless benefits is on its way to President Obama to be signed into law Friday.

CNNMoney.com takes a look at how the deal will impact taxpayers and whether it comes with a hefty price tag but not much bang for the buck.  Find out how your first paycheck in January will look different.

CNN also will be examining the politics behind the deal - how it got done and what kinds of trades and negotiations took place for the bill's passage.

North Korea - North Korea says it will launch a military strike if Seoul goes ahead with live-fire drills near Yeonpyeong Island over the next five days, Pyongyang's state-run KCNA reports.

The vice chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said he was concerned that South Korea's live-fire artillery exercises planned for the coming days could be taken the wrong way and spark an uncontrollable clash with the North, but the U.S. State Department said the exercises are not meant to be threatening or provocative.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Mogwi

    I don't understanne why that us official is saying that. Of course the north will be upset and it may cause war, but the u.s. has been holding these practice drills with the south as recently as a few weeks back. So in other words, he is really speaking out against what we have been doing for years. I don't get it.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
    • ::::::::: BreakingNewsBlog ::: http://x.co/J9cm

      they are dangerous because it seems they have nothing to lose
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      December 17, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. GeorgeZipppp

    North/South Korean clash at this point is unavoidable. It started with the slaughter of the 46 So. Koren sailors by the North. Let the South invade the North and fight a ground war, eliminate the 38th parallel, assimilate the North and end this foolishness now.

    We did it in Berlin, we can do it in Korea. If the North gets out of hand, energy sanctions by China could shut them down virtually over night, in the winter this would be over quickly.

    The time to strike is Now!

    December 17, 2010 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. Frank

    People of the United States and South Korea.
    I hope everyone will be ready for a NK Christmas Eve Offensive.
    The is just like the Bad Old Days when the U.S. was in Vietnam.

    December 17, 2010 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. manny g

    It's time for us & south Korea to put this n.korean regime to rest'this regime is evil just like the regime of iran these people deserve some kind of freedom!!

    December 17, 2010 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nasty nate

    thats how u know america is doomed little n.korea and iran calling shots

    December 17, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Nasty nate

    I with n.korea do what the f?@k u want until somebody does something about it if at all

    December 17, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nasty nate

    Thats right north korea kick a~~ until someone does something about it or if anything at all

    December 18, 2010 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    It just seems that all this news about Julian is only making him stronger online and off.

    December 20, 2010 at 1:12 am | Report abuse |