Pentagon Papers….Part Two?

November 30, 2010 § Leave a comment

That is what some people are calling the recent classified material leaked to theNew York Times and other European publications by WikiLeaks-an organization that claims to be dedicated to exposing official secrets.

WikiLeaks is headed by Julian Assange (shown above), and the organization’s goal is to obtain government documents from as many countries as possible and show them to the world. Assange is best known for exposing U.S. secrets. He and his staff have gotten their hands  on hundreds of thousands of classified government documents on subjects that include the war in Afghanistan, the war in Iraq, and most recently, U.S. Embassy cables.

On Sunday November 28, 2010 the embassy leaks began; becoming the largest set of confidential documents ever released to the public. The documents will give allies and enemies alike unprecedented insight into U.S. Government foreign activities.  The some 250,000 telephone logs will release  numerous conversations between the State Department and over 270 American global diplomatic outposts. New York Times publishers claim to edit out information that would endanger American informants or compromise national security, but many say this is impossible. Times’ Public Editor Arthur Brisbane says the paper did take a reputational risk in doing business with WikiLeaks.

I am torn. Does this exemplify journalists as “watchdogs,” or is this just plain anti-American?



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