On OutFront, CNN's Erin Burnett spoke to Wikileaks founder Julian Assange about his new book "Cypherpunks: Freedom and the future of the Internet."
Assange is one of the world's most controversial people. The 41 year-old Australian has posted hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents, videos and diplomatic cables on his website, and the U.S. government is still scrambling to find out where he got them.
The government believes his source is Army private Bradley Manning, who stands accused of stealing classified documents in 2010 and giving them to WikiLeaks. The former intelligence analyst in Iraq is facing 22 charges, including aiding the enemy which carries a life sentence.
Assange won't reveal his sources and has not been charged in this country, but for the past five months he's been living in the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador granted him amnesty. He's seeking protection from extradition to Sweden, where he faces allegations of sexual assault – allegations that he denies.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein spoke with Wolf Blitzer after his meeting with President Obama about his thoughts on preventing the looming fiscal cliff. A full transcript of the program will be posted on http://archives.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/sitroom.html .
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BLITZER: So does that mean you would support the president when he says go ahead and increase that highest marginal tax rate from 35 percent to 39.6 percent, where it was during the Clinton administration, for families - for incomes above $250,000 a year?
BLANKFEIN: I think if that's what it took to make the math work, when you look at what - when you look at the entitlement side and when you look at the revenue side, I wouldn't - I wouldn't preclude that. Of course, we would have to do that at the numbers - if the numbers drive that way.
CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon reports on her tour of Northern Syria with opposition fighters.
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Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) tells CNN’s Soledad O’Brien that entitlement programs should not be on the negotiating table to avoid the fiscal cliff and “mandatory spending cuts in other areas” and tax revenue are the best options. When O’Brien asks how he can assure entitlement programs will be reformed after the fiscal cliff negotiations, Sen. Durbin says that she has “a right to be skeptical.”
Sen. Durbin says, “The Social Security is a separate thing. It does not add a penny to the debt. We should deal with its long term survival and solvency. We can do that in a separate setting other than this last minute fiscal cliff negotiation. I will put Medicare into the long term negotiation here because, as I said, it runs out of money in 12 years.”
He adds, “What we need to put on the table in short term is actual deficit reduction. We can do that through mandatory spending cuts in other areas. We can do it through the tax revenue that the President has called for. I think, for instance, if the Speaker of the House decided today to call the measure passed by the bipartisan Senate to protect all families making $250,000 or less from any income tax increase, December 31, that would put enough revenue on the front end of this conversation to move us toward a solution.”
Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien airs weekday mornings from 7-9a ET on CNN.