Military Set to Release ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Report, WikiLeaks Founder Could Face Charges

BY News Desk  November 30, 2010 at 9:39 AM EDT


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[Update (2:30 p.m. ET): Read [the full report](http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2010/0610_gatesdadt/), released Tuesday afternoon by the Department of Defense]

Military officials will be on Capitol Hill Tuesday to brief members of Congress on the results of a survey of active-duty personnel and their families to assess the impact of allowing openly gay soldiers to serve.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, are expected to address the media this afternoon.

President Obama has openly called for a repeal of the ban, instituted in 1993 under President Bill Clinton, but has said he is obligated to defend the law as long as it is in place.

Last month a California court refused to enforce an injunction on the ban, making it the military’s active policy for the time being.

WikiLeaks Founder Could Face Charges, Secretary Clinton Travels to Asia

Attorney General Eric Holder says WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is the subject of an “an active, ongoing criminal investigation,” according to the Washington Post. Pfc. Bradley Manning, an Army intelligence analyst, is suspected of providing access to the leaked documents.


U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton comments on the recent release of some 250,000 classified cables released by WikiLeaks at the State Department Nov. 29, 2010 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who expressed regret Monday over the revelation of the State Department’s secret cables, begins a four-nation trip to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf today. Though the trip was scheduled before the documents surfaced, questions about the leaked documents will factor into her meetings with counterparts in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, a supply point for U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, and Bahrain.

European Union Launches Google Anti-Trust Investigation


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European Union regulators are investigating claims by rival search engines that Google abused its prevailing hold on the market — about 90% of online search in Europe.
Google is accused of “lowering the ranking of unpaid search results of competing services,”. according to EU officials.

Google has said it will cooperate with the investigation.

Leaked Cables Show China’s Frustration with North Korea

Though its most trusted ally and donor, leaked State Department cables show frustration within China over how to deal with neighboring North Korea. They also contain questions about what a possible collapse of North Korea would mean for South Korea and China, including a theoretical scenario of unification of the two Koreas.

The information comes at a particularly sensitive time, as China faces pressure to exert influence over North Korea in the wake of last week’s artillery attack. China has been loathe to openly criticize North Korea, instead calling for resumption of the six-party nuclear talks and urging caution on all sides.