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George W. Bush cancels appearance over Julian Assange's presence

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In a Nov. 10, 2010 photo provided by NBC Universal, Inc., former U.S. President George W. Bush appears on the "Today" show to talk about his new book "Decision Points" . (AP Photo/NBC Universal, Inc., Peter Kramer) AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer

Former President George W. Bush has canceled a scheduled speaking appearance at the YPO Global Leadership Summit after learning that Wikileaks founder Julian Assange was invited to address the same summit, his spokesperson said today.

Mr. Bush's spokesman David Sherzer said in a statement that Mr. Bush accepted an invitation to speak at the Denver summit six months ago. The former president was slated to speak at the event tomorrow.

"This week, upon learning that Julian Assange had recently been invited to address the same summit, President Bush decided to cancel his appearance," Sherzer said. "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."

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