NY Times Creating Its Own Wikileaks?

from the catching-up dept

It’s been funny watching critics of Wikileaks assume that if Julian Assange was somehow takendown, or that Wikileaks itself was somehow taken offline, that this concept of intermediaries to help publish leaked documents would somehow go away. In the past few months we’ve seen tons of new such operations spring up, and I’m sure some will start to find success (while others will fade away). However, what may be most interesting is that the mainstream press is finally waking up to the fact that they probably should have been doing this all along. The NY Times is apparently planning to create its own version of Wikileaks in the form of an “E-Z Pass lane for leakers.” This idea of systems to help people leak info isn’t going away. And, I’m curious if those who think that Wikileaks is criminally liable for “inducing” leaks, also think that the NY Times is similarly liable?

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Anonymous Coward says:

What’s neat about Wikileaks is if the rumors are true, they were probably leaked or at least filtered through neo-cons.

Myself and others like E.J. Dionne agree in centrism.

NeoCon ideology is based in liberal ideology. Later in life, most liberals were driven to conservatism because they believed that liberalism failed.

NeoCons just want a hug. Do you need a hug? Find someone who was an asshole to you and give them a hug.

While Mike was visiting the Intel booth at CES, watching Will.I.Am, I was a row across at Monster Cables.


Anonymous Coward says:

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Liberalism this, conservatism that…. it’s funny how you irrationally assume that a title alone removes all ability to be correct. People who talk like this can’t even begin to discuss politics rationally because you’re too terrified of being in the “wrong” camp above everything else.

Anonymous Coward says:

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People who talk like this can’t even begin to discuss politics rationally because you’re too terrified of being in the “wrong” camp above everything else.

A lot of people like to be told what to think. They pick a party, and then rely on it to tell them what to think, because thinking for themselves is too hard.

Kurata says:

Though they might make their own Wikileaks, i’m actually afraid of hwo it’ll work, considering it’s an american newspaper.
While I do not know how the American system works, if the newspaper actually gets subsidies from the State, I’m afraid the government might cut them, and put into danger the NY Times, which might have to either give out the idendities of the “leakers” or just outright stop this experiment.

Not an electronic Rodent says:

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Whoops, where did this come from:

Haha hahahaha HA H… wait a second…. Actually that’s pretty distubing.

Though I’m actually not sure which is worse, this kind of frothing blatently biased rhetoric which shouldn’t convince anyone who doesn’t already agree with it and wants to shout “right on” at the TV a lot, or the more insidious “editorial slant” that does the same thing in the UK media. Unless of course it’s just to me it’s blatant and the target audience (presumably in the US) actually think it’s just enthusiasm.

Either way you have to be impressed with the descriptive:
“DystopianFutureSciFiSatiricalShoutyPornSledghammerChanne?l Fox News”

Anonymous Coward says:

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Is that the Davos play thing?

Medvedev quote:

“At the end of the day, I believe that this WikiLeaks story should make the spirit of international relations healthier, even if in itself this is an illegal activity in the understanding of several states.”

Source: CNN: Russia doesn’t need ‘lecturing,’ Medvedev says at Davos forum

Christopher (profile) says:

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Well, after they had GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS saying that the things that they had been saying and pointing out for years were right on the part of ‘conspiracy nuts’….. they couldn’t really keep saying that without getting a backhand to the face from the SMART Americans who hadn’t been brainwashed with American exceptionalism.

Anonymous Coward says:

As for the NYT, well, let’s just say they do run some risks. Creating an outlet like this may encourage people to break the law to get them material, which is an issue. But I think the bigger risk is in the big fake leak, where someone concocts a series of documents that fall in line with things that have been already made public (dates, times, places, whatever) that tell a big fat line to make someone look bad.

If the NYT or others are not careful, they could end up publishing lies, and put themselves in legal jeopardy.

Gabriel Tane (profile) says:

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Well, you see, we look at the world as more than just black and white… well, most of us do, anyway.

There’s nothing that says a company can’t do good things and also still do stupid things. There’s nothing that says innovation (which the paywall idea could be considered a part of) has to be good ideas. The nuclear bomb was ‘innovative’, but I think it’s safe to say it was a bad idea.

And if you read the article, you’ll see that Mike is addressing the fact that mainstream media is doing something, NYT is just the first one to do so.

Anonymous Coward says:

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How would he know? He shouldn’t be looking at the NYT is he believes in what he writes here, as the NYT is an evil walled garden building waste of an old media hag that should be taken out back and shot like an old horse that can’t pull it’s weight anymore.

So what was he looking at over there?

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