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U.S. reaches out to ElBaradei

For the first time, the United States has acknowledged speaking with opposition leader Mohammed ElBaradei.

The notice came in a tweet this morning from P.J. Crowley, the chief spokesman for the State Department:


The New York Times reports that the United States is trying to determine whether ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize as head of the U.N. nuclear agency, is someone it can work with:

Mr. ElBaradei, 68, had a fractious relationship with the Bush administration, one so hostile that Bush officials tried to get him removed from his post at the atomic watchdog agency. But as Egypt’s powerful Muslim Brotherhood and the secular opposition on the streets of Cairo have increasingly coalesced around Mr. ElBaradei to negotiate on their behalf, the Obama administration is scrambling to figure out whether he is someone with whom the United States can deal.