The U.S. press has become increasingly accepting of officials speaking anonymously. Not identified by name, they can exaggerate and make claims they'd be reticent to make if they were personally identified.
The federal government still has a long way to go. In the mean time, can't the two camps in the open government world peacefully coexist? There's just too much work to be done for us to get bogged down in denigrating each others' agendas.