New York Times Defends Its Publishing Of WikiLeaks Documents: They Illuminate

Posted by | October 22, 2010 19:28 | Filed under: Top Stories

The New York Times makes its case for publishing information in the WikiLeak documents on the Iraq war, saying it “helps illuminate several important aspects of this war.”

WikiLeaks has been under strong pressure from the United States and the governments of other countries but is also fraying internally, in part because of a decision to post many of the Afghan documents without removing the names of informants, putting their lives in danger. A profile of WikiLeaks’s contentious founder, Julian Assange, will appear in Sunday’s newspaper.

The New York Times told the Pentagon which specific documents it planned to post and showed how they had been redacted. The Pentagon said it would have preferred that The Times not publish any classified materials but did not propose any cuts. Geoff Morrell, the Defense Department press secretary, strongly condemned both WikiLeaks and the release of the Iraq documents.

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