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Former President George W. Bush has decided not to share an audience with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange at a leadership conference for young business executives this weekend in Denver.

Assange, who is outside of London fighting an extradition order to answer a sex offense complaint in Sweden, only spoke via satellite. But that was too close for Bush.

Bush "decided to cancel" his appearance before the Young Presidents' Organization after learning Assange was on the agenda, Bush spokesman David Sherzer said in a statement reported by Politico and the National Journal.

The former president "has no desire to share a forum with a man who has willfully and repeatedly done great harm to the interests of the United States," the statement said.

Officials in the Obama and Bush administrations have been horrified by the whistle-blower website's release of tens of thousands of classified documents, cables and e-mails related to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and other sensitive diplomatic matters.

Bush had been scheduled to keynote a Saturday session of the Global Leadership Summit, which brings together young CEOs and executives from 75 countries to share information on business issues, politics and philanthropy. Assange spoke in a video on Friday, the Denver Post said.

WikiLeaks, in a Twitter post, called Bush "thin-skinned" and said the organizers of the Denver conference "courageously refused to remove Assange as a speaker," according to Politico.

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minnieh6

O my, my favorite mentor and president of all times. Please clarify that. Surely some of Mr Assange's wikileaks revealed are extreamly necessary as a great deterent to future corporate crime and its widespread detructive consequences effecting. the people. Something we watched it happen and allowed it to go on and on. Now these are those that if there is proof of misconduct through wikileaks or any other source with pertinent information to combat this corporate crime that everyone is in some type dispair and destitute status. wikileaks from abroad, I bear less interest but my country,America is where my passion and love lie. Please at least make a distinction regarding the revealing of domestic corporate or inside crime as too many victims are in misery and the failure to reveal what we already know is too painful to indur. and definitely if the pretense to ignor this what you are already positively sure of will only get worse and signals or simply saying "keep doing it guys" this is what it seems to me I trust eventually you will acknowledge something about this even not mentioning Assange. Because for a truth the man risk his life to accomplish this. I assure you this requires more courage that several would not attempt. Please refect on wikileaks of domestic crime and see inquire of the combating of this evil. These are representing our country.

February 27 2011 at 4:25 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
joe

Wiki Leaks' files could be blamed for outing CIA agents and the Democrats wanted to publish records that would have done the same thing. So I can understand that President Bush would not want to appear on a program with Wiki Leaks founder Assange and I notice that he would shy away from appearing on a program with the Democrats too. Smart man that Bush.

February 27 2011 at 12:36 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
ellingt5

How refreshing! A man with principles that actually stands by them.

February 26 2011 at 4:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
oaklane13

GWB, a GREAT AMERICAN, and GREAT PRESIDENT! Thank you, Mr. Bush, for upholding the oath of your office all 8 years! SADLY, the current occupant can not uphold that oath for 5 minutes!

February 26 2011 at 3:23 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
oldengineera2

I thinks the decision reflects honor on a President who has stayed true to his expressed wish to steer clear of politics in retirement. The man has been very sparse in any comments undermining his successor, who has in contrast heaped criticism on his predecessor constantly for years now.
My respect holds for the office of the President, and the honorable acts of those who hold that office.

February 26 2011 at 6:19 AM Report abuse +7 rate up rate down Reply
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oaklane13

HONORABLE ACTS! In judging Obama, I have no respect for how he is so dis-honorable to the office and our GREAT REPUBLIC!

February 26 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Uncle Scruffy

Bush accusing Assange of causing great harm to the United States? Hah! That's the skillet calling the kettle black...

February 25 2011 at 8:12 PM Report abuse -5 rate up rate down Reply
Tom

WikiLeaks has never done as much damage to the United States as was done under the administration of W, his illegal wars and the ruination of the financial system will earn him a place in history that no thinking person would wish to attain.

February 25 2011 at 7:17 PM Report abuse -7 rate up rate down Reply

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