The Guardian published the leaked Guantanamo Bay files despite being “double-crossed” by WikiLeaks, according to the paper’s investigations editor David Leigh.
The whistleblowing organisation released almost 800 secret classified documents regarding the US military prison via a new set of media outlets, but the New York Times secured the cache of files from an “anonymous source” and passed them on to the Guardian.
As relations became increasingly strained with its original newspaper partners, Julian Assange’s organisation has turned to the Daily Telegraph, Washington Post, Al Jazeera and others.
Leigh told Journalism.co.uk: “This is all because of Julian Assange’s feuding with the Guardian and the New York Times, and what he’s decided to do now is cut us out of it and distribute the files to a range of right-wing newspapers, including the Telegraph.
“When people try and double-cross you, that probably is the end of a relationship.”
Leigh wrote on a Guardian liveblog that WikiLeaks had reneged on the agreement because the of the paper’s coverage of the allegations of sexual misconduct brought against Assange in Sweden, which included full details of the accusations from police transcripts.