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11:08 PM on 01/26/2011
Remind me where the Times (and anyone else) would have gotten this stuff, without the work of Assange and his staff.
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11:02 PM on 01/26/2011
Just when we think the members of our fourth estate couldn't get any more untrustworthy, along comes Keller with his hatchet job. Yet another so-called "respectable" journalist making a buck and gaining notoriety thanks to his association with WikiLeaks and Assange, who, let's not forget, disseminate their info for free.

The American journos really excel at this, either condemning the man and his work outright, or smearing him in subtler ways, while using the info he's provided as well as his predicament to peddle their own expertise, including now this "book."

Shameless -- but then we've known that for a while.
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07:44 AM on 01/27/2011
Can you do a hatchet job on a snitch?
09:06 AM on 01/27/2011
obviously
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03:01 PM on 01/27/2011
The proper term is "whistleblower," and yes, smear campaigns with hatchet jobs against whistleblowers are de rigueur since time immemorial.
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Hiqutipie
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12:46 AM on 01/28/2011
Nice work Bella...Looks like the NYT is just a propaganda tool running interference for the government. I am dumbfounded by the Liberal media on Assange & Manning & the Constitutional Rights & Freedom of Speech. They use to be their issues now they are running away from them.
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lightnessandjoy
Is micro-bio a new disease?
10:40 PM on 01/26/2011
"...smart and well educated, extremely adept technologically but arrogant, thin-skinned, conspiratorial and oddly credulous."

Huh, drop the smart and technologically adept stuff and he sounds just like most Members of Congress.
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10:43 PM on 01/26/2011
Or Judith Miller, and, for that matter, probably most of the NYT staff, including Keller himself.
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10:50 PM on 01/26/2011
Well, that too.
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bascombe
Send the kids off to die, bleed their country dry.
11:37 PM on 01/26/2011
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10:02 PM on 01/26/2011
Good overview. I'll be reading the piece in its entirety later.

Nothing about it, especially about Julian Assange, is surprising. He's a lone-wolf type, smart, and virtually homeless, so peripatetic, we'd need a new name for "on-the-road."

And arrogant, of course. I rarely meet a smart*ss type that isn't. :)
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zlohcuc
"Serving millions from atop the Allegheny"
09:31 PM on 01/26/2011
Let's see who ends up breaking the most compelling stories in 2011...I am not entirely confident it will be the NYT.
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10:11 PM on 01/26/2011
... my bet is on the Guardian and al jazeera.
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zlohcuc
"Serving millions from atop the Allegheny"
10:28 PM on 01/26/2011
No disagreement here...but since they are foreign sources, the customary jingoism used to denounce anything unfamiliar to Americans will be in defacto condemnation mode.
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09:29 PM on 01/26/2011
I see the propaganda hasn't gotten any better over at the New York Times since Judith Miller left.
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ItWasntMeReally
Art of peace > art of war
09:10 PM on 01/26/2011
"but he was a man who clearly had his own agenda."
 
Well good for anyone who has someone else's agenda.  Like NYT.  Whose agenda do you have anyway?
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10:47 PM on 01/26/2011
Really. Since we are on the subject of different agendas, how about them war drums the NYT beat so persistently in 2002-03?

Sheesh...
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bascombe
Send the kids off to die, bleed their country dry.
11:39 PM on 01/26/2011
and editorials by cheney.
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ItWasntMeReally
Art of peace > art of war
12:57 AM on 01/27/2011
Language, such a great tool of manipulation.  They say "he has his own agenda" and that makes him evil.  We say country X has "weapons of mass destruction" and the population through its conditioning reflexively responds "then attacking them is justified".  What are all the A and H nu.kes in our arsenal, depleted uranium, the biological agents, germ and chemical weaponry?  Are they candy or also WMDs?  And language has become that tool of manipulation because the supposed "leftist" mainstream media led by NYT has always fully cooperated with MIC, contributing to the conditioning of the population with such language.
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bolduc999
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09:04 PM on 01/26/2011
Don't know what to believe here, but my initial impression is that this story was written with the sole intention of undermining Assange's credibility. Personally, I really don't care.

While I might not be comfortable with all the info he has put out there, you've got to respect his courage. Hate him or love him, Assange has put to shame all the main stream media, including the NYT, by showing the world just what real investigative journalism is all about.
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06:57 AM on 01/27/2011
I thought that He had put them all to shame, but He has shown Himself as being quite similar. His organisation accepts leaked documents, but threatens court actions for anyone going around Him and passing the leaks on. He does not own the information as much as He would wish.
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08:55 PM on 01/26/2011
were you expecting him to kow-tow to one of the newspapers that used every type of deciet and mis-information and out-right l1es to sell the Iraq war? get over yourself NYT you sold us out and now you demand groveling
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StopThePlanet
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08:26 PM on 01/26/2011
This is one seriously condescending hatchet piece. I wonder if any of it is true.
08:16 PM on 01/26/2011
"Keller also came to suspect that people inside WikiLeaks were hacking into the email of Times staffers after at least three of them reported suspicious activity in their accounts."

(ahem)

Who was paranoid and credulous again?
07:57 PM on 01/26/2011
Waitttt...so the Guardian had an agreement w/Assange and then went behind his back, and the Times actually just received the docs...which were...leaked?

I love that one-liner from Assange, but did the Times have a legal responsibility to not accept the docs? Why is Assange the only one who can be squirrelly?
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10:06 PM on 01/26/2011
Actually I believe Assange gave a green light for the Guardian to share with the NYT (per articles elsewhere).
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01:23 AM on 01/27/2011
no if you read the entire piece they had a falling out.
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07:16 PM on 01/26/2011
If Assange isn't Jesus Christ, then the leaks must mean nothing.

Isn't that the message they're attempting to drill into the minds of Americans?
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07:59 PM on 01/26/2011
Right? These people have no shame at all-- they say, of a man collecting secrets "conspiratorial" instead of saying "believable" which would mean he was making sense, "oddly credulous". "Assange was certain he was a hunted man."--no sheet Sherlock.

After trying to make it look like he was nutty and "conspiratorial" --We learn that "Keller also came to suspect that people inside Wikileaks were hacking into the emails of Time Staffers, after at least three of them reported suspicious activity in their accounts."

Now class, who was suspicious again?

And that Keller describing the man as a smelly bag lady--what did he expect from a true spy? The tight black T shirt and the fitted jeans?
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10:37 PM on 01/26/2011
"Credulous" means believing or willing to believe, not believable. Antonym: Skeptical. I'm not being the grammar police here. I'm just pointing out that the adjective "credulous," applied to Assange, challenges our expectations, and deserves the modifier "oddly." Is Assange oddly credulous? I have no idea. Do I question a man who seems to think that transparency in itself is an ideology? Yes, I do.
08:54 PM on 01/26/2011
if we could just get the leaks without all the noise................
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07:09 PM on 01/26/2011
The New York Times relies on its advertisers more than its subscriptions. With a few of its sugar daddies risking some bad PR how can we take anything they say seriously about this story?

Once again, defense secrets no big deal, but bank leaks...oh now that requires the Pentagon.
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10:09 PM on 01/26/2011
I might have missed all the talk but I thought the Gov is upset about their embarrassment over the cable leaks. We haven't seen the bank stuff yet.
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07:03 PM on 01/26/2011
This is just more moving away the focus from the leaks to Assange instead. One has to wonder if Bill Keller got a payment from the Pentagon.
jusathot
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08:01 PM on 01/26/2011
Bill Keller sounds like a very effeminate man making a Worst Dressed List to pass on to Joan Rivers.
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11:11 PM on 01/26/2011
No kidding. The American journos' obsession with Assange's appearance -- his dress code, hair styles, mannerisms, etc. -- borders on ridiculous.

No, I'll take that back. It IS ridiculous -- and, as you point out, it reveals them as a bunch of wussies they are.

That, and the ruling elite's puppets.