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Weekend talking points: 7 top stories - July 6, 2012
What happened this week? WikiLeaks spilled Syria's secrets. Mitt Romney hit speed bumps. And America said goodbye to the beloved sheriff of Mayberry
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he secret-spilling clearinghouse WikiLeaks waded into Syria's bloody conflict on Thursday, when it began publishing a trove of 2.4 million emails to and from the embattled government of President Bashar al-Assad. The first batch of WikiLeaks' "Syria Files" — a cache eight times larger than the "Cablegate" dump of secret U.S. diplomatic messages that put the website on the map — appeared to show that Finmeccanica, an Italian defense giant, supplied communications equipment to the regime even after it began its deadly crackdown on protesters in March 2011.

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