I just looked at the New York Times cover story on Wikileaks. They managed to cover the story with an admirable whitewash – virtually nothing embarrassing was reported. With the press like this, why worry about leaks?
One, I think better publications have already done a good job of covering most of these issues — very little in the leaked papers that wasn’t already known to readers and listeners of the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, NPR, BusinessWeek, Newsweek, Time, and the PBS Newshour, and BBC, among others. It was embarrassing enough when it happened, but old news now.
Two, I am concerned about the bias in Wikileaks. Why is it they never find the secret e-mails of al Quaeda, or the secret files of Muammar Qaddafi, or Kim Jong Il?
What we need to worry about is the stuff revealed that was so unexpected no one noticed yet.
Other than that, though, of course you’re right.
Evidence again that the US corporate media is a mouthpiece for the US government and its capitalist and imperialist policies of exploitation, oppression and endless war.
when the information contained in the secret cables is legally available to over 2 million people, how “secret” can it be?
i heard on the radio today that the military and state department cables have been separated from each other.
it seems i grossly overestimated the number of people allowed access to the cables.
according to no less a light than Leslie Gelb only 300,000 to 800,000 people had legal access.
The reaction to Wikileaks is more than a bit schizophrenc- It’s the worst thing ever ! But nothing was revealed !
The ruling class can’t get it’s story straight.
Perhaps the New York Times editors or publishers prefer to wait and see which way the wind is blowing. There does not seem to be much in the way of solidarity these days among journalists, especially if a journalist works for a large news corporation, such as the New York Times. They probably suspected retaliation from political spheres higher than them, so they let someone else take the heat. Much could be ascertained if the owners of the New York Times and its parent company are known. The fact Mr Assange is not a US citizen, makes it easy for “the company” and others to move its influence and collect data on him inside and outside of US jurisdiction. He probably already has been labeled with the T word, and legally that makes his file grow very fast. His nominal source inside the Pentagon may also be appropriate cannon fodder, according to the higher ranking publishers in the New York Times. It is not so much what they published online, as the fact they dared to disclose [publicly] details of poor conduct, incurred by high level officials inside the State Department.
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