New York Times is a WikiLeaks collaborator

- November 29th, 2010

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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6 comments

  1. David says:

    this canadian does not find it quaint. on the other hand, the present potus seems to be the kind who would. it appears that no treason is treason enough to be condemned in the courts with hussein in office.

  2. Joseph Stalin says:

    What is more illegal. The stolen personal information or the fact that someone published the fact that the government stole information….

  3. Ghetty Rheal says:

    moral of the story

    do not whistle blow
    do not talk against the Reich
    do not think you are above the common sheep

    wow Hitler would be so proud!

    we’ve taken all his monstrous experiments, his social plans, and general politico ideology

    and made them our own!

    niiiiiiiiice

  4. Mark says:

    Brian, you are a twisted sick man. We live in a free country, and this is just freedom of information. We don’t live in a police state. Even the “SUN” is giving the same WikiLeaks information. Then we should put the “SUN” out of business and send you all to jail. If you believe what you say, then quit the “SUN” and go work for a local paper in some little town…but we all know that you are just another loud mouth hypocrite.

  5. Don MacIntyre says:

    This is another Canadian who agrees with your opinion on this. This is a disgraceful abuse of freedom of speech. How can anyone deliberately print such dmaging comments to the political leaders of their own country. We are all aware that such comments are made in private with the understanding they remain private to facilitate the more important negotiations which must take place between nations to maintain peace and advannce mutual prosperity and trade. The legal system in the United States should be empowered to prevent such abuses from taking place.

  6. posterboy says:

    Private Bradley Manning is the hacker/hooker. Ex-hacker Julian Assange is the hacker contractor/pimp. The New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel are Craigslist. And the ‘steal and disclose anything and everything’ zealots are the peeping Toms, voyeurs and Johns.

    I don’t understand how the self professed ‘freedom of info fighters’ (especially those who wield the mighty nazistalinfascist stick) can’t see that this is an ‘ends justifies the means’ argument with no apparent constraints – the notion that all confidential information is fair game obviously doesn’t apply to their info, so where exactly is the line and who’s going to keep it there?

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