Times got White House OK on WikiLeaks story

Alex Pareene raises a good question about the WikiLeaks Afghanistan war documents at Salon.com. The New York Times reporters who had semi-exclusive access to the files briefed the White House before publishing their story, and they say the administration praised their careful handling of the information.

The White House did not, it appears, tell the Times that publishing stories based on the leaked documents would endanger our soldiers.

So why, Pareene asks, was the information classified in the first place? And why is it OK to praise the New York Times while blasting the guy behind WikiLeaks?

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