The American political website HotAir, just ahead of the release of WikiLeaks data had a post up saying that Julian Assange and his cohorts are playing against America, “They’re not anti-war, they’re just on the other side.”
I have to wonder what they think of WikiLeaks’ collaborators.
In agreeing to take the information that WikiLeaks provided, information stolen from the US government, the media outlets are doing more than publishing a story, they are helping facilitate a crime.
It is true that I have written stories on what is included in the leaked documents and my newspapers have published them but we wrote up our stories after the information was made public. The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel were all publishing the leaked cables already, the Wikileaks website was trying to post them online.
The Times, Guardian and Der Spiegel did something much different, they worked with WikiLeaks, essentially collaborating with an enemy of the US government. That’s not such a big deal for Der Spiegel and The Guardian but for The Times, this is a problem.
Just as with the last leak, The Times was given several weeks to go through this information and collaborated with WikiLeaks to get the leaked cables out to the public. While The Times may portray this as a story in the public interest but the simple fact is that they have, for a second time, collaborated with an enemy of the United States of America to embarrass the country and put lives at risk.
This view may seem quaint to my Canadian readers but I have no doubt that it will be a view taken by many in the United States. And at a time when even The Old Grey Lady is fighting a losing battle for readers, pissing on your own country may not be the best move.
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