Wikileaks: the new journalism? the new threat to national security?

I just saw the Apache airstrike footage that recently exploded around the web, thanks to Wikileaks, a non-profit organization that serves as  a repository for sensitive, classified or otherwise secret information from often anonymous tipsters. While the video seems to reveal nothing newly horrific about the nature of war (those more familiar with military procedures and war crimes have been editorialising - rightly so - on that point eg Roger McShane of the Economist), it's more the nature in which this story was broken that interests me. The tapes being classified, no traditional journalism organisations, including Reuters, has been able for three years to bring it to the public. Wikileaks did, and it is increasingly presenting a special … [Read more...]