N.Y. Times Got Leaked Cables From UK Guardian—Not From WikiLeaks

November 29, 2010

(ChattahBox U.S. News)—New York Times executive editor Bill Keller confirmed this morning that the venerable newspaper acquired thousands of leaked government cables from the UK Guardian newspaper—and not from WikiLeaks, Yahoo News’s The Cutline reports.

The Guardian was one of five news sources that had access to the cables, and one of the newspaper’s editors told The Cutline that it gave copies of the cables to the Times. The Guardian had access to the cables since August and shared a copy with the Times because British law could have halted the Guardian from printing the leaked cables via injunctions if the paper printed them on its own.

Although WikiLeaks was previously on good terms with the Times, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange had harsh words for the paper last month after the Times ran what Assange deemed as an unflattering profile of him on its front page, The Cutline reports.


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