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Is WikiLeaks Driving Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa?

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Has WikiLeaks influenced the uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa? Media Fix's Greg Mitchell thinks the organization's diplomatic cables leaks have played a significant role in the past few months' events in the region. Mitchell, author of the recently published book The Age of WikiLeaks: From Collateral Murder to Cablegate (and Beyond), also available as an e-book,  joined Antiwar Radio this morning to talk about WikiLeaks' savvy decision to release batches of cables from Bahrain and Libya, as it has done for Egypt and Tunisia in past weeks.

Though the media may attack WikiLeaks on their editorial pages, Mitchell says many outlets depend on the cables for juicy details about Libya. Where else could we learn that US diplomats consider Qaddafi and Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez "revolutionary brothers"?

For the latest on all things WikiLeaks, read Greg Mitchell's live blog.

—Kevin Gosztola

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