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Are the secret US diplomatic cables published by WikiLeaks simply an exercise in sensationalism - or is the whistle-blowing website doing the job of the mainstream media?

It has been a cyber-campaign of shock and awe with the US at the receiving end. Tens of thousands of cables from US missions around the world have been posted online detailing stark assessments of critical issues by diplomats.

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Some of the communiqués claim Saudi King Abdullah repeatedly urged Washington to attack Iran's nuclear programme and that China directed cyber attacks against the US.

Many Western leaders have condemned the leaks as irresponsible. The WikiLeaks website has been kicked out of servers in the US and France, and its founder Julian Assange has been arrested in the UK.

On Tuesday's show we will be discussing the issues with American journalist and blogger Glenn Greenwald who has covered the rise of WikiLeaks extensively, former US prosecutor Baruch Weiss and ex-Canadian diplomat Scott Gilmore.

This episode of Riz Khan aired from Tuesday, December 7, 2010.

Source: Al Jazeera