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04/13/2011 05:11 pm ET Updated Jun 13, 2011

Bill Keller And Julian Assange Go At It At UC Berkeley

Julian Assange is a paranoid, misguided, smelly bag lady -- not an open government hero. And New York Times executive editor Bill Keller? Well, he is a cynical dissembler interested more in covering his own ass than telling the truth.

A couple hundred journalists, including yours truly, assembled over the weekend at U.C. Berkeley, awaiting a prize fight -- and we got one.

If, like me, you've been following with fascination the feud between Keller and Wikileaks founder Assange, this Reva and David Logan Investigative Reporting Symposium offered up a fight of Rumble in the Jungle proportions between the two.

​They went at it live for the first time since the battle became public on Jan. 26 in a 8,000-word New York Times Magazine story by Keller, "Dealing with Assange and the WikiLeaks Secrets."

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