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July 26th, 2010
08:18 AM ET

Afghan war documents released

From CNN intern Emily Landrieu:

Late yesterday, the infamous whistle blower website Wikileaks.org released what it claims to be over 900,000 U.S. military and diplomatic reports about Afghanistan ranging from 2004 until January of 2010. According to Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, the reports contain first hand accounts of numbers killed, casualties and threat reports among other things. Neither CNN nor any other source has confirmed the authenticity of the documents and Assange will not reveal where the documents came from. According to the New York Times, who had access to the documents before the official release, “the documents suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders." Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, said in a statement Sunday that the documents, "raise serious questions about the reality of America's policy toward Pakistan and Afghanistan.”

The video has stirred up much controversy within the United States and over seas alike. Many believe that the posting of this information poses a threat to U.S. security and the security of our allies.

We want to know- Do you think this information could be a threat? Should it have been released?

Comment below and Kyra will read some during the 10am ET hour of the CNN Newsroom.

Read more about the leaked documents here.


Filed under: Anchors • Kyra Phillips
July 26th, 2010
07:05 AM ET

U.S. Citizens Deported

Americans deported – the concept sounds so wrong, it's strange to even hear the words together.  But a researcher from Northwestern University says it happens everyday.  Political theorist Jackie Stevens,  States Without Nations,  estimates of the approximate one million people the U.S. government deports, less than one percent are American – a tiny percentage but that translates into hundreds of U.S. citizens wrongfully forced to leave the country.  And now there are concerns with the implementation of Arizona's new immigration law this week, the problem will get worse.  Don Lemon spoke with one American, Johann Ace Francis, who lost 10 years with his family after he was mistakenly deported.

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Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
July 26th, 2010
05:59 AM ET

A conversation about the women of the Civil Rights Movement

Charlayne Hunter Gault talks with TJ Holmes about Freedom Sisters exhibit, which profiles 20 leading African-American women.

July 26th, 2010
05:52 AM ET

Rock Band with a Higher Message

CNN's T.J. Holmes talks to Hillsong Live, a Christian rock band that has gained popularity through church choirs singing their music.

July 26th, 2010
12:52 AM ET

Mark Williams Sorry For “Sloppy Execution” Of Racial Blog Posting

Tea Party Express Spokesman Mark Williams resigned from the group Friday, saying the media coverage over his controversial comments on race had become too much of a distraction. In an interview with CNN, Williams discusses the posting on his blog that led to accusations of racism, explaining why he still defends the idea behind it, but laments his “sloppy execution” of it. He also criticizes the firing of Shirley Sherrod, and shares whether he thinks he has a future within the Tea Party movement.


Filed under: CNN Newsroom • Don Lemon
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