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ElBaradei: Mubarak 'Should Leave Today'

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak "has to leave" and should do it today, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Mohamed ElBaradei said on CBS-TV's Face the Nation moments ago.

And ElBaradei, who also spoke with CNN today, told CBS that the U.S. government is "losing credibility by the day" because it appears to be "lending support to a dictator."

As we reported earlier, the Obama administration continues to say that Mubarak must allow free and fair elections and put his nation on a path to "real democracy," but has stopped short of endorsing the calls of Egyptian protesters for him to step down.

ElBaradei has said he is prepared to lead a transitional government while his nation prepares a new, more democratic Constitution. He was awarded the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize for his work leading the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Update at 11:59 a.m. ET: Reuters now adds that ElBaradei also just told protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square that "I bow to the people of Egypt in respect. I ask of you patience, change is coming in the next few days."

Update at 11:53 a.m. ET: ElBaradei has told protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square that "what we have begun cannot go back," Reuters reports.

Update at 11:28 a.m. ET: Reuters says it's been told by a witness that ElBaradei is now with the protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Update at 11:05 a.m. ET: Several reporters in Cairo are saying that ElBaradei is headed to Cairo's Tahrir Square, where the protests have been focused, to address the demonstrators.