Tim Dickinson – “Why Shouldn’t Freedom of the Press Apply to WikiLeaks” (2010)

December 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm (Life & Politics, Reviews & Articles)

Tim Dickinson makes some interesting points in this Rolling Stone blog from Dec. 15th about the whole WikiLeaks controversy…

Here’s a thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that the quarter of a million secret government cables from the State Department had been leaked, not to Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, but to Bill Keller, the executive editor of the New York Times.

First, let’s state the obvious: The Times would never have returned the confidential files to the Obama administration. Most likely, the newspaper would have attempted to engage with State to try to scrub life and source threatening details from the cables — as Assange and his lawyers did. Read the rest of this entry »

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