A military appeals court on Wednesday declined to rule on a lawsuit seeking greater access for journalists to court filings and proceedings in the criminal case against Pfc. Bradley Manning, who has admitted to leaking 700,000 confidential government documents to WikiLeaks.
Reporters covering the government s prosecution of Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is being court-martialed for conveying secret information to WikiLeaks, have spent a year trying to pierce the veil of secrecy in what is supposed to be a public proceeding.
What if he had succeeded in delivering his pilfered documents to The Times? What would be different, for Manning and the rest of us? First of all, I can say with some confidence that The Times would have done exactly what it did with the archive when it was supplied to us via WikiLeaks: assigned journalists to search for material of genuine public interest, taken pains to omit information that might get troops in the field or innocent informants killed, and published our reports with a flourish. The documents would have made news - big news.
The story of WikiLeaks, once an exciting tale of overcoming government secrecy and empowering online activists and journalists, is now a story primarily concerned with the vagaries of diplomatic immunity, British-Ecuadorean relations, and Swedish rape laws. It's a safe bet that it's not the scenario that Julian Assange -- who is reportedly now holed up in a windowless backroom of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, sleeping on an air mattress -- had in mind when he founded the whistle-blowing website six years ago.
As the Boeing 777 from London arrived at the gate of Guarulhos International Airport in S o Paulo on December 2, 2010, its passengers queued up to deplane, many with the local newspaper under their arm. "Brazil fears terrorism at the 2016 Olympics, says US Embassy" blared the headline of the daily Folha de S. Paulo - a front-page story generated from the first of tens of thousands of classified US diplomatic cables obtained and released by the whistleblower website WikiLeaks. Unnoticed among those passengers was a young woman with a backpack slung over her shoulder. Concealed within a bundle of messy clothing inside her bag was a pen drive containing nearly 3,000 sensitive cables to and from the US Embassy and consulates in Brazil between 2003 and 2010 - a cache of documents provided by WikiLeaks
Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network financed by Qatar, named a member of the Qatari royal family on Tuesday to replace its top news director after disclosures from the group WikiLeaks indicating that the news director had modified the network s coverage of the Iraq war in response to pressure from the United States
Wikileaks has given us a flavour of the American embassy's reporting to Foggy Bottom on the vexed subject of Bulgaria's media. It could be a clever fake by Bulgaria's enemies (or America's) but it rings true.
WikiLeaks, the Web site responsible for publicizing millions of state secrets in the last year, has tried to pick its media partners carefully. But the site has become such a large player in journalism that some of its secrets are no longer its own to control.
It s not every year that classified histories of two wars and massive troves of diplomatic secrets appear in America s newspapers. So it may have surprised some to read through the list of Pulitzer prizes Monday and see no mention - among the winners or even the finalists - of wikiLeaks' revelations.
Business Insider's The Wire spoke to Mitchell about the unprecedented media impact of WikiLeaks, its tempestuous relationship with major media outlets, and the intense controversy and scrutiny Julian Assange has undergone.
This past June, Alan Rusbridger, the editor of The Guardian, phoned me and asked, mysteriously, whether I had any idea how to arrange a secure communication. Not really, I confessed. The Times doesn t have encrypted phone lines, or a Cone of Silence. Well then, he said, he would try to speak circumspectly. In a roundabout way, he laid out an unusual proposition: an organization called WikiLeaks, a secretive cadre of antisecrecy vigilantes, had come into possession of a substantial amount of classified United States government communications.
The collaboration between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the Web s notorious information anarchist, and some of the world s most respected news organizations began at The Guardian, a nearly 200-year-old British paper. What followed was a clash of civilizations and ambitions as Guardian editors and their colleagues at The New York Times and other media outlets struggled to corral a whistle-blowing stampede amid growing distrust and anger.