Jun 16, 2011

WikiLeaks spokesman: Guardian, NYT wanted to rush war logs

The doyens of the mainstream media were the ones flirting with danger over Wikileaks material, not the site itself, Kristinn Hrafnsson reveals. Bernard Keane and Matthew Knott report.

Wikileaks spokesman Kristinn Hrafnsson has savaged The Guardian and New York Times for attempting to rush the publication of WikiLeaks material, suggesting the issue contributed to the falling-out between the online whistleblower site and the doyens of the progressive mainstream media.

The Guardian and The New York Times were the key English-language vehicles for the release of both the Iraq and Afghanistan “war logs” and the initial tranche of diplomatic cables WikiLeaks continues to release via over 50 outlets around the world. However, relations between the newspapers and WikiLeaks soured and both outlets and their senior staff have since launched stories highly critical of Julian Assange. The New York Times has also been revealed to have allowed the State Department to veto and censor WikiLeaks material.

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3 thoughts on “WikiLeaks spokesman: Guardian, NYT wanted to rush war logs

  1. zut alors

    ‘The contrast has regularly been made with more “responsible” mainstream media, which would have vetted and redacted the material more carefully.’

    It’s difficult not to split one’s sides laughing at the prospect of Pagemasters getting their mitts on such material.

  2. davidk

    ‘Mainstream media’ and ‘responsible’ do not sit well together.

  3. AR

    Surely the point of Wikileaks was to obviate the soi disant gatekeepers? Why would Wiki have expected them to behave otherwise than for their own selfish benefit?

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