The following was posted on cryptome.org in response to this article at the New York Times.
Sharing Secrets at Arm’s Length
October 30, 2010
Cryptome: This New York Times attack on Wikileaks and Julian Assange makes the case for why Wikileaks and those like it cannot trust journalists any more than spies. Both journalists and spies hide behind law and special privilege. In that process information is manipulated to serve their own interests foremost and the public’s interest second.
On a spectrum from lawful journalism to criminal espionage, Wikileaks-types fall in the middle. The two ends work in concert, repecting one another’s regime, aiding and abetting, and are disturbed by the interloper which does not play by the rules the two have evolved, or worse, use the techniques of one against the other in reaching the public.