WikiLeaks Day 2, How The Papers Are Covering Story

Here is how the major papers are tackling the leaked State Department cables.


–The Guardian lead: “China ‘ready to abandon North Korea'”: “China has signalled its readiness to accept Korean reunification and is privately distancing itself from the North Korean regime, according to leaked US embassy cables that reveal senior Beijing figures regard their official ally as a ‘spoiled child’. … China’s moves to distance itself from Kim are revealed in the latest tranche of leaked US embassy cables … The leaked North Korea dispatches detail how … China’s vice-foreign minister told US officials that Pyongyang was behaving like a ‘spoiled child’ to get Washington’s attention in April 2009 by carrying out missile tests.”

–NYT off-lead – “State’s Secrets, Day 2”: “North Korea Keeps World Guessing … Cables Depict Coaxing By U.S. in Bid to Clear Guantánamo’s Prison.”

–WP 2-col. lead, “U.S. Downplays impacts of leaks – EMPHASIZING THE POSITIVE: but Korea, China cables worry some officials … WikiLeaks founder could face charges.”

–WSJ, A6, “China Stood Aside on Iran … U.S. Rethinks Access to Data.”

–USA Today, below fold: “Clinton blasts leaks as ‘an attack'”

–Financial Times lead photo of Secretary Clinton, with tease to story: “WikiLeaks: Clinton goes on the offensive over disclosures”

–N.Y. Post wood, with photo of Secretary Clinton: “WikiLeaks Outrage — AMERICA’S RED FACE: Hill in frantic ‘spin’ cycle on revelations.”

–LAT 2-col. lead: “U.S. rushes to reassure edgy allies”

–The (London) Times lead: “‘Cocky’ Prince attacked British fraud inquiry: WikiLeaks reveals Andrew’s unguarded comments”

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