How WikiLeaks Operates
The Associated Press has an interesting article regarding how WikiLeaks prepared to release its cables. Of particular interest:
1. WikiLeaks approached the U.S. Ambassador for advice as to how the State Department would like the cables redacted and was denied assistance.
2. WikiLeaks worked with several news outlets on how to approporiately redact the cables to protect people from harm and sought advice as to whether some information should not be published.
3. Those news outlets published the cables before WikiLeaks did.
Clearly, there was some antagonism between WikiLeaks and the other media outlets — primarily over which cables were newsworthy. (The most hostility came from the New York Times, incidentally.) Overall, though, the article seems to belie the common perception that WikiLeaks just “dumps” information, with no care to the consequences.