Will Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, BofA & Apple Terminate Relationships With The NYTimes For Revealing Military Secrets?
from the consistency-is-all-i-ask dept
Glenn Greenwald has a post highlighting how a NY Times’ investigative report on US military action in Pakistan appears to reveal key military secrets concerning plans that have not yet been put in place, and which could certainly put Americans and others in danger:
Indeed, the NYT reporters several times acknowledge that public awareness of these operations could trigger serious harm (“inside Pakistan,  the movement of American forces has been largely prohibited because of fears of provoking a backlash”). Note, too, that Mazzetti and Filkins did not acquire these government secrets by just passively sitting around and having them delivered out of the blue. To the contrary: they interviewed multiple officials both in Washington and in Afghanistan, offered several of them anonymity to induce them to reveal secrets, and even provoked officials to provide detailed accounts of past secret actions in Pakistan, including CIA-directed attacks by Afghans inside that country.
As he notes, all of this seems a lot more revealing than anything that Wikileaks has done, and a lot more likely to put people in danger. Yet, there’s been almost no response, and certainly nothing like the attention paid to Wikileaks — with calls for trials or even killing the head of Wikileaks. Seems odd, doesn’t it?
But, an even bigger point is buried towards the end in an update, where Greenwald asks:
Why aren’t Visa, MasterCard, Paypal, their web hosting company and various banks terminating their relationships with The New York Times, the way they all did with WikiLeaks: not only for the NYT’s publication of many of the same diplomatic and war cables published by WikiLeaks, but also for this much more serious leak today in which WikiLeaks was completely uninvolved?
And, I think, we can add Apple to that list. After all, if these companies keep claiming that Wikileaks “broke the law” (as most of the companies listed here are saying), why do they not feel the same way about the NY Times?