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U.S. Journalists Back Away From Assange, WikiLeaks

01/11/2011 12:04 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Not so long ago, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange could count on American journalists to support his campaign to publish secret documents that banks and governments didn't want the world to see. But just three years after a major court confrontation that saw many of America's most important journalism organizations file briefs on WikiLeaks' behalf, much of the U.S. journalistic community has shunned Assange -- even as reporters write scores, if not hundreds, of stories based on WikiLeaks' trove of leaked State Department cables.

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