Letters: WikiLeaks Coverage; Mens' Winterwear We've received many critical letters about our coverage of WikiLeaks and the arrest of its founder, Julian Assange. Also: What you thought of our interview on what's new in men's winterwear. NPR's Melissa Block and Guy Raz read from listeners' e-mails.
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Letters: WikiLeaks Coverage; Mens' Winterwear

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Letters: WikiLeaks Coverage; Mens' Winterwear

GUY RAZ, host:

Time now for your comments. We received many critical letters about our coverage of WikiLeaks and the arrest of its founder, Julian Assange.


I spoke with Mark Hosenball of Reuters about the case against Assange, which stems from encounters with two women in Stockholm this summer. Many of you complained that you didn't want to hear the details of those encounters, saying they were more gossipy than newsworthy. And Mark Hosenball's comments about one of those encounters really upset some of you.

Mr. MARK HOSENBALL (Investigative Reporter, Reuters): Allegedly, he had sex with her the next morning, perhaps while she was still asleep, if that's believable.

RAZ: Dayleen Berry(ph) of Morgantown, West Virginia, was just one of several women who told us, yes, it is believable because they had been sexually assaulted in their sleep.

Berry writes: Ask any woman who is, A, so exhausted from single-handedly caring for several preschool children all day long; B, who was sleep-deprived from caring for a newborn; or, C, who had fallen asleep while under the influence of medication or alcohol if it's possible for sexual relations to begin while she is sleeping, and I guarantee you will find they, too, will agree.

BLOCK: Annette Demers of Windsor, Ontario, takes issue with our WikiLeaks coverage for a very different reason. She writes this: Rather than painting everything as WikiLeaks embarrasses the government, why not tell it like it is: That governments around the world are embarrassing themselves and endangering democracy as we know it.

RAZ: Now onto a different subject, my interview about what's new in men's winterwear, which earns some chuckles from Dan Macon of Auburn, California. He's a rancher, a sheepherder, and he wanted to tell us what he's wearing this winter.

Macon writes: Some sort of woolen shirt, a Pendleton or Woolrich, Carhartt double-front pants with lots of room for long johns underneath. Muck Boots, not sure what the silhouette is but they do keep my feet dry and warm. Whichever jacket is reasonably clean - and waterproof, if necessary. I top it off with a woolen Stormy Kromer hat, the best winter work hat in the world. Keep up the good work.

BLOCK: Keep your comments coming too. You can write us at npr.org. Just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.

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