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Over half of 2011 New York Times issues to date contain articles sourced to WikiLeaks

Despite attempts by the federal government to delegitimize WikiLeaks, a new review from The Atlantic indicates that the whistleblowing organization has a great

Jul 31, 2020
Despite attempts by the federal government to delegitimize WikiLeaks, a new review from The Atlanticindicates that the whistleblowing organization has a great deal of impact on the media conversation over international relations, particularly in coverage from the news organization WikiLeaks has quarreled with the most, The New York Times.
The Atlantic’s Caitlin Dickson reports:
By our count, on 63 days so far this year the paper’s reporters have relied on WikiLeaks documents as sources for their stories. Since April 25th is the 115th day of the year, that’s over half of all their issues this year. And just to be clear, we didn’t count stories that merely mentioned WikiLeaks or Julian Assange or Bradley Manning, only the ones that used documents from the site as a reporting source.
It now seems routine for WikiLeaks to serve as a source when it comes to American diplomacy, especially regarding the Middle East. Sometimes these stories are billed as revelations from WikiLeaks’ cache, such as the March 2 story by James Risen on the Qaddafi sons’ bitter business battleswhich was headlined, ”2 Qaddafis Fought Over Business, Cables Show.” But often the WikiLeak-ed documents are used as a stand-in for an American diplomatic spokesperson, source or expert.
The Atlantic’s review of the prominence of WikiLeaks as a source for The New York Times comes the same day as the Times reported on just who’s been detained at Guantánamo Bay since 9/11, part of another round of leaked secret files — though, interestingly, the Times had to get access from a different sourcegiven its relationship with WikiLeaks. The newly-leaked documents reveal that nearly 20 percent of the detainees were completely innocent civilians. Another 49 percent were low-ranking guerrillas of little utility to American intelligence.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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