Guardian clashes with Times over WikiLeaks

A Guardian journalist has criticised the Times for giving exposure to a WikiLeaks document the former paper deemed too sensitive to publish.

The Times detailed a secret list of critical infrastructure sites the US wished to protect, information made available by the WikiLeaks website.

The Guardian has been the chief exponent in the UK of leaked cables from the US government.

But its investigations’ editor, David Leigh, questioned this story via Twitter, saying: “Strange to see the Times publishing a sensitive WikiLeaks cable which the Guardian declined to do. Murdoch is helping terrorists?”

In July, the Times criticised the publication of sensitive information by WikiLeaks for putting “hundreds of Afghan lives” at risk.

But this week the paper detailed “hundreds of pipelines, undersea cables and factories across the world, including a number in Britain, that would cause most damage to US interests if destroyed”.

WikiLeaks attempted to justify the document’s release, claiming it did not reveal “specific locations”.

The Guardian has claimed its own coverage of the WikiLeaks cables “would have been important public interest stories in any circumstances”.

(Source: Press Gazette)

This article appears in issue 264 of Media Digest.




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