The Madeleine Brand Show for January 28, 2011

Telecommunications break down in Egypt and Wikileaks reveals behind the scenes diplomatic pressure

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Egyptian demonstrators confront riot police during demonstrations in Cairo on January 28, 2011, demanding the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.

Protests were intensifying in Egypt Friday as tens of thousands of demonstrators threw rocks and police shot tear gas canisters into the crowd. The military was deployed to enforce a curfew and internet and cell phone service was cut off. President Obama spoke about his hopes for a nonviolent democratic resolution in an internet address Thursday. Looking back at the WikiLeaks cables reveals U.S. diplomats exerting pressure behind the scenes on Egyptian officials to enact democratic reforms. We talk to New York Times reporter Andrew Lehren.


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