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WikiLeaks Update: Justice Investigating

Some of the latest developments in the story of WiliLeaks' disclosures of more secrets the U.S. government didn't want revealed:

— The Justice Department is conducting an active criminal investigation, NPR's Carrie Johnson reports. Attorney General Eric Holder said today that the revelations may have put some U.S. diplomats and intelligence operatives in danger.

Attorney General Eric Holder, Nov. 29, 2010.

Attorney General Eric Holder, at the Justice Department today. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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"To the extent that we can find anybody who was involved in the breaking of American law and who has put at risk the assets and the people I have described, they will be held responsible," Holder said.

The Guardian, one of the news outlets that got the hundreds of thousands of e-mails and cables from WikiLeaks, says they reveal that Britain's Prince Andrew "launched a scathing attack on British anti-corruption investigators, journalists and the French during an 'astonishingly candid' performance at an official engagement that shocked a US diplomat."

The New York Times, which also was one of the news outlets WikiLeaks leaked to, writes that "governments around the world continued to react with disapproval on Monday to the first batch of disclosures from over 250,000 American cables, alternately brushing off revelations of problematic, embarrassing and impolitic comments and lashing out at WikiLeaks."

— President Obama, who held an event at the White House this morning to announce a two-year freeze on pay for federal civilian workers, declined to take questions about the leaks.

— Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is due to make a statement, and perhaps take questions, within the next hour.

— Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan, the senior Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, called the release very damaging, the Associated Press reports. "The catastrophic issue here is just a breakdown in trust,'' he said Monday, adding that many other countries — allies and foes alike — are likely to ask, "Can the United States be trusted? Can the United States keep a secret?"

The Guardian, by the way, continues to live-blog developments here.

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