Friday, January 28, 2011

On dealing with the leaky Wiki

Bill Keller, who appears to be the Executive Editor of the New York Times (and they call him Bill?--how the Gray Lady has changed!), is peddling an e-book about his semi-coup in obtaining the Wikileaks information dump for the NYT. You can read the gist of it in the magazine section this Sunday or online now.

It does not seem to occur to Mr Keller that Julian Assange's motive in dumping this stuff was to damage the standing of the United States in the world. (Or perhaps it does, and that suits Mr Keller just fine. What the hey? It's not his end of the boat that's leaking!) Even more despicable is the way that the Gray Lady, the Guardian, and Wikileaks have imperiled the lives and freedom of people around the world who trusted in the security of their dealings with the United States. Perhaps they'd like to see all those Afghan interpreters kidnapped and murdered. But what about Morgan Tsvangirai, the duly elected prime minister of Zimbabwe, who is likely to be tried and executed for treason because of Mr Assange, Mr Keller, and their various collaborators? Mr Assange dismisses such tragedies as "collateral damage." How does the New York Times justify them? Blue skies! -- Dan Ford

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