First things first: no one knows who leaked the information from the US government to Wikileaks. The US have arrested Specialist Bradley Manning who they allege leaked the documents. Manning has not been found guilty of any crime, indeed hasn't had his day in court so it isn't proved to be him.
In the eyes of the law he is innocent.
More pertinently Wikileaks have repeatedly stated that because they have a system whereby any whistleblower can leak information to them anonymously they have no idea who leaked the information.
I've no idea if it's true, but I tend to believe them as their site is constructed to give whistleblowers protection.
It's how they get people to leak stuff to them. no protection for whistleblowers = no leaks. Without anonymity there can be no Wikileaks.
The above is the public line.
I'm not a journalist but I find the book written by two 'journalists' from the ever so right on paper, the Guardian sickening. They have written a book in order to make a few quid which brakes every journalistic convention and names Manning as the leaker of US secrets.
The authors, David Leigh and Luke Harding, are a disgrace.
Where is all this high sounding rhetoric about protecting confidential sources?
They did not name Manning because they were forced to by a court, though many journalists have gone to prison in order to protect their sources.
No they did it to sell a few copies of their book.
Wikileaks say they don't know who leaked the information. They are adamant that if they don't know the Guardian certainly don't.
Even if Wikileaks knew their source why should they blab to a newspaper?
What really disgusts me is the fact that these writers and the Guardian are eager to earn as much money as possible printing the leaks and now publishing their bloody book and willingly betray the person they say is their source. The same person who earned them their money in the first place.
I don't know who leaked the information or why. Three million people had access to the secrets I don't know who leaked.
But for the sake of argument say the information was leaked by "Joe". What type of journalist, much left a self-defined leftwing one would write a book telling people who it was who leaked the information in the certain knowledge that doing so would send their Joe to prison for life or get them executed?
Never mind what type of journalist; what type of person does that?
There are some real mercenary scum out there isn't there!
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