Perhaps it’s coincidence that New York magazine chose Veterans Day to publish its controversial story on the late war reporter, Michael Hastings.
The posthumous profile has been criticized for its attention to the failings of the young journalist, who died in a mysterious car crash this June, at the age of 33. Many believe he was murdered by powerful interests, either as revenge for stories already written or to protect themselves from his ongoing investigations.
A hero-turned-martyr to the WikiLeaks set, Hastings could also be reckless, with a history of mental health problems and uneven sobriety. And there were those who questioned his methodology as a journalist.
The story reminded me of my own experience with criticism of his work, in a story I researched but never published.
Poor Julian Assange … even his bowel movements are being censored.
The WikiLeaks founder was granted asylum in Ecuador today, after two months holed up in the the country’s British embassy, where he was avoiding the long arm of Sweden’s justice system. (Britain, understandably, is not happy about this.)
Despite the good news for Mr. Assange, a tweet from the official WikiLeaks account took offense at The New York Times’s coverage of the story, which, it claims, “alleges that Mr. Assange neglected to flush a tiolet” [sic] even once the whole time he was in the embassy.
“We’re not joking.”
They’re not? Because search as we might, we couldn’t find a single reference to toilets in the entire NYT piece from last night, or in any of its follow-up articles. We were about to chalk it up to a misread (after all … “tiolet”) on WikiLeaks’ part, until a Google News search revealed that the original article did mention Toilet-gate:
off the record
Patch Adams, MD, the clown doctor portrayed by Robin Williams in the eponymous 1998 film, has joined several dozen prominent figures of the American Left in asking Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa to grant WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange political asylum.
“The ‘crime’ that he has committed is that of practicing journalism,” states the letter, delivered to the Embassy of Ecuador in London yesterday by American advocacy group Just Foreign Policy.
Media and Tech
The Nation is publishing a series of articles based on United States and United Nations diplomatic cables obtained by WikiLeaks, and it didn’t even have to wrestle egomaniac Julian Assange for them!
The Nation’s cache comes secondhand, from Haitian newspaper Haïti Liberté. According to Nation executive editor Betsy Reed, the series reflects a new approach for Read More
It’s an article, it’s a Nook! It’s Bill Keller’s Wikileaks piece available online, in print and for download.
The 8,000 word opus went online on Wednesday, will appear in the NYT Magazine on Sunday and, for $5.99, can be read on the Nook as “Open Secret: Wikileaks, War and American Diplomacy.” Read More
Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of leaking classified military documents to Wikileaks, has spent the last seven months in solitary confinement that some say amounts to torture while the government builds its case against him.
Today, however, NBC reports that investigators have been unable to link Manning with Wikileaks front man Julian Read More
Wikileaks, the controversial secret document-driven site that has lately made sport of unsettling major banking institutions, has gotten its mitts on a whole new set of data relating to Swiss banks that may be providing tax shelters to business leaders, celebrities and gangsters.
Rudolf Elmer, a former employee of Swiss bank Julius Read More
Like all great men of mystery, Julian Assange is famous for his varying appearance. And while his current situation, fighting extradition back to Sweden on sex charges, may be quite serious, the internet would prefer to explore the lighter side of things
The Julian Assange Coloring Book allows users to stay inside the Read More
Julian Assange has a cache of super sensitive documents that he has threatened to release if any harm should come to him.
Today, reports Daily Intel’s Nitasha Tiku, Assange told British reporters that these files include, “504 US embassy cables on one broadcasting organization and there are cables on Murdoch and News Corp.” Read More
In response to vague threats by Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, Bank of America is working scrupulously to try to figure out how the heck anyone could have gotten their hands on the company’s secret documents. BofA’s chief risk officer, Bruce Thompson, and 15 to 20 employees of the bank are checking through records to Read More