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November 29th, 2010
09:40 AM ET

WikiLeaks dump ‘embarrassing’ and damaging to U.S. relations, former govt. official says

(CNN) – A day after the whistleblower site WikiLeaks began publishing details from a massive collection of confidential U.S. diplomatic documents, the chorus of criticism from government leaders grew louder Monday. Top U.S. officials were quick to denounce the publication of the leaked documents Sunday. And the U.K.'s foreign office followed suit Monday, saying it condemned any release of classified documents. "They can damage national security, are not in the national interest and, as the U.S. [has] said, may put lives at risk," the office said in a statement.

The full set of documents includes 251,288 cables sent by American diplomats between the end of 1966 and February 2010, WikiLeaks said in a statement announcing the release. Of those, 8,017 originated from the office of the secretary of state, and more than 15,600 are classified as secret, WikiLeaks said.

Today on American Morning, John Roberts talks to James Rubin, former U.S. assistant Secretary of State, about how the information affects national security. Watch to find out why Rubin calls the documents a "broad-based attack on U.S. foreign policy."


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November 29th, 2010
09:06 AM ET

How to save money on your 2010 taxes today

President Obama is scheduled to meet with Congressional leaders on Tuesday to tackle the thorny issue of extending the Bush-era tax cuts. It's expected that the cuts will be preserved for most Americans, at least for the time being. But the uncertainty is making tax planning a little trickier this year.

Vera Gibbons with Turbo Tax joins American Morning's Kiran Chetry to share some essential year-end tax saving tips.


Filed under: American Morning • Economy
November 29th, 2010
08:48 AM ET

Bombing suspect from 'very nice','normal' family, neighbor says

Today, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, who was arrested on Friday night for allegedly attempting to detonate a bomb at a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Oregon, is due in federal court to answer to charges of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction.

As of a year ago, the 19-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia lived with his family in Beaverton, Oregon, across the street from Stephanie Napier.

Stephanie joins John Roberts on American Morning this morning to describe her impression of the Mohamud family.


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November 29th, 2010
08:23 AM ET

Holiday shoppers turn out for "Black Friday," buy for themselves too

You scanned the incredible sales, got up early to be first in line and maybe even snagged a deal or two. But did the excitement around "Black Friday" sales translate into a boost in the economy?

Marshal Cohen, chief industry analyst with the NPD Group and author of "Buy Me!," joins American Morning today to break down his latest survey results on "Black Friday" sales and "Cyber Monday" (usually the Monday after Thanksgiving) will show improved sales data.

Watch to find out what we can expect for the rest of the holiday shopping season.


Filed under: American Morning • Black Friday • Economy
November 29th, 2010
07:43 AM ET

WikiLeaks: Public has 'right to know'

(CNN) - A day after the whistleblower site WikiLeaks began publishing details from a massive collection of confidential U.S. diplomatic documents, the chorus of criticism from government leaders grew louder Monday. Top U.S. officials were quick to denounce the publication of the leaked documents Sunday. And the U.K.'s foreign office followed suit Monday, saying it condemned any release of classified documents. "They can damage national security, are not in the national interest and, as the U.S. [has] said, may put lives at risk," the office said in a statement.

The full set of documents includes 251,288 cables sent by American diplomats between the end of 1966 and February 2010, WikiLeaks said in a statement announcing the release. Of those, 8,017 originated from the office of the secretary of state, and more than 15,600 are classified as secret, WikiLeaks said.

Today on American Morning, John Roberts interviews WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson about the latest document dump.


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