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Cyber attacks can't keep WikiLeaks from continuing to pump out government secrets. Is it journalism? What's the lesson about the power of the Internet to shape society in the future? Also, President Obama in Afghanistan, and despite last year's last-minute agreement in Copenhagen, expectations are low for the climate change summit going on now in Cancun.

Banner image: A picture taken on December 3, 2010 in Paris shows a page of WikiLeaks featuring its founder Julian Assange. The noose tightened around WikiLeaks as cyber attacks temporarily forced the whistle-blowing website off the Internet. Photo: Thomas Coex/AFP/Getty Images


Tom Rosenstiel and Bill Kovach

Making News Beleaguered President Makes Surprise Trip to Afghanistan 7 MIN, 46 SEC

President Obama made a surprise visit to Afghanistan today, where he brought Holiday greetings to American troops at Baghram Air Force Base. He praised them for their success in pushing the Taliban out of their strongholds and affording more Afghans "a chance to build a more hopeful future." Richard Wolffe is author of Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House.  He also reports for MSNBC.




Richard Wolffe, Correspondent, MSNBC


Richard Wolffe

Main Topic WikiLeaks: Is the Internet Creating a New World Disorder? 36 MIN, 12 SEC

WikiLeaks has shaken up the US, its allies and its enemies by dumping hundreds of thousands of classified documents on the Internet for anybody to see. Yesterday, because of what it called "massive cyber attacks," the company that provided its domain name cut off service. But WikiLeaks has already re-appeared using different addresses.  Can it ever be stopped? We put that question to the computer scientist who sent the first Internet message. Is the WikiLeaks document-dump an act of journalism or something else? Are news consumers now on their own? Will WikiLeaks produce greater efforts at secrecy or greater transparency, both public and private?

Leonard Kleinrock, Professor of Computer Science, UCLA
Marc Cooper, University of Southern California (@marc_cooper)
Tom Rosenstiel, Executive Director, American Press Institute (@tbr1)
William Powers, author, 'Hamlet's BlackBerry'

Reporter's Notebook Negotiators Argue Under Hot Cancun Sun on Global Warming 7 MIN

Europe is gripped by bitter cold at the moment, but 2010 has been one of the hottest years in recorded history and carbon emissions may hit an all-time high. Against that background, another UN Climate Change Summit is under way in Cancun, with delegates eager to improve on last year's performance in Copenhagen. The summit has been going on for a week, but negotiations really don't get going until the end, says  Bryan Walsh, who reported from Copenhagen last week and who's on his way to Cancun for Time magazine.

Bryan Walsh, Time magazine (@bryanrwalsh)

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