Just Like Old (New York) Times: Treason Masquerading as Journalism

treason, n.
1. Violation of allegiance toward one’s country or sovereign, especially the betrayal of one’s country by waging war against it or by consciously and purposely acting to aid its enemies.
2. A betrayal of trust or confidence.

In August, Marc A. Thiessen wrote in The Washington Post:

Let’s be clear: WikiLeaks is not a news organization; it is a criminal enterprise. Its reason for existence is to obtain classified national security information and disseminate it as widely as possible–including to the United States’ enemies.

Today, Paul Richter of the Los Angeles Times wrote that WikiLeaks:

provided several hundred thousand [classified] cables to the Guardian of Great Britain, Der Spiegel of Germany, Le Monde of France, El Pais of Spain and the New York Times. The information is to be made public in batches in coming days.

This is not journalism. This is at best receiving stolen property–although I’d go for the more accurate characterization and call it espionage, straight up.

Also back in August, Julian Ku wrote in Opinio Juris:

The Espionage Act has long been held to apply to foreign nationals who commits acts while abroad (see U.S. v. Zehe, 601 F.Supp. 196 (D. Mass 1985).). The only problem seems to be actually capturing Assange. It is worth noting, of course, that abducting Assange, even in violation of the sovereignty of a country where the U.S. has an extradition treaty, would not prevent a U.S. court from trying him. (See U.S. v. Verdugo-Urquidez, 494 U.S. 259 (1990)). And finally, Wikileaks may or may not have a First Amendment defense, and even if it does, the precedent of NY Times v. U.S., 403 U.S. 713 (1971), (the Pentagon Papers case) only seems to prevent prior restraint. Post-publication prosecution is probably OK under the First Amendment.

The New York Times and its foreign counterparts are not engaging in journalism prior to the public dissemination of classified material by WikiLeaks itself, they are abetting espionage.

Or, if you prefer, the Old Grey Desiccated Corpse of a Newspaper Lady is committing treason.

But whatever you call it, it sure as hell isn’t journalism.

I would wish the New York Times a slow and painful death, but why wish for something that you are seeing with your own eyes.

The New York Times knows that the current administration doesn’t have the spine to prosecute WikiLeaks, let alone the NYT. They are playing “journalistic” brinksmanship to sell papers, damn the cost to the nation.

As a Supreme Court Justice said in another context, I can’t define it, but I know it when I see it.

And the New York Times is at this very moment in flagrante delicto with anti-American operatives.

I see…dying “liberal” newspapers lashing out at the nation they hate.

I see…treason.

Just like old Times.



I am not naive. I know the kind of horrifying crap .gov has done, is doing now, and will continue to do. But exposing governmental malfeasance is not the purpose of WikiLeaks. They want to bring America down. And I can’t quite work up the belief that the NYT doesn’t want the same thing.


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