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, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 1:53am

    you'd wanna be careful that these aren't fake wikileak copies where the idea is to catch leakers "discretely" rather than protect them...who knows

     

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    yogi, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 1:58am

    What's new?

    Hasn't this basically been the function of the mainstream press for years - just to publish information that is purposely leaked to it by government officials? Isn't that "reporting".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 2:27am

    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.

    See?

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 6:31am

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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.

       

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        Gabriel Tane (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 10:18am

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        I've been trying to publish a new saying and get it circulating:

        Only in America can it be patriotic to screw over people just so your party can be 'right'.

        Glad someone agrees with me.

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 28th, 2011 @ 2:51am

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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.

         

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    Kurata, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 2:46am

    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.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 3:08am

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      Exactly, Kurata.

      There exists somewhere out there a full series of television shows about how US television has taken the train to nutso town. I can't quite put my finger on it, but somehow the BBC funded it, and..

      Whoops, where did this come from:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2aEk864YrKw

       

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        Not an electronic Rodent, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 3:53am

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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:
        "DystopianFutureSciFiSatiricalShoutyPornSledghammerChanne­l Fox News"

         

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 4:02am

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        I want the talking oven glove LoL

         

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 3:07am

    I remember the time that people laughed about Wikileaks, I saw people write "that is a place for conspiracy nutts", that is all gone now, after the U.S. government freaked out, everybody take it seriously today.

     

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      The eejit (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 3:53am

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      IT has haunting mirrors to a Shakespearean play, and an awful novel series by J.K. Rowling.

       

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      Christopher (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 8:49am

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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.

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 5:20am

    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.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 6:22am

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

      Gasp and horror, a newspaper publishing lies and unsubstantiated rumours as if they were fact without proper background checking? That would be unprecedented!

      /Sarc

       

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    cc (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 5:27am

    Ok, but will this be inside or outside the paywall? :P

     

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    Overcast (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 7:34am

    This way the 'official media' will only disseminate 'official' leaks to the public that have been state approved first.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 10:11am

    "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"

    Let the straw man building begin!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 10:32am

    What I find funny is that one day the NYT is the most clueless company in the world, the grand builders of walled gardens, and the next day they are innovative and on the cutting edge.

    Make you minds up already.

     

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      Gabriel Tane (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 10:53am

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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.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Jan 27th, 2011 @ 3:40pm

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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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          techflaws.org (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 10:20pm

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          Well, putting word's into people's mouth doesn't work so well for you, is it?

           

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          Gabriel Tane (profile), Jan 28th, 2011 @ 5:57am

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          Do you feel emptier now that you've pulled something that big out of your ass? Relieved?

          Seriously man, if you want to take what Mike writes about the ludicrousness of a pay-wall and stretch it all the way to "he thinks they should be put down", you have issues.

          Just... wow.

           

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    RadialSkid (profile), Jan 27th, 2011 @ 11:09am

    Given the amount of bald-faced propaganda that the New York Times has published against Wikileaks (or more accurately, Julian Assange), I don't think I would trust the NYT with any sensitive material, or to protect the sources of said material.

     

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