Bradley Manning is in prison in part because of some chats between him and Wired source Adrian Lamo. As John posted on Monday, Wired has refused to release those logs in full. Last night, Wired responded with two lengthy posts that hinge on this point:
We have already published substantial excerpts from the logs, but critics continue to challenge us to reveal all, ostensibly to fact-check some statements that Lamo has made in the press summarizing portions of the logs from memory (his computer hard drive was confiscated, and he no longer has has a copy).
Our position has been and remains that the logs include sensitive personal information with no bearing on Wikileaks, and it would serve no purpose to publish them at this time.
This makes no sense. If Lamo is summarizing parts of the logs from memory, then those portions of the logs should be released to evaluate his credibility as a source. If there’s personal information in those logs, it can be redacted. This doesn’t seem that hard, and the fact that Wired is making it difficult arouses suspicion rather than confidence.
The other sketchy part of this response is that it spends most of its time bemoaning Glenn Greenwald’s lack of journalistic ethics and touting Wired’s sterling grasp of the canons of the Society of Professional Journalists. Let’s
just stipulate assume that Glenn Greenwald is a non-journalist and a complete asshole. Wired has a golden opportunity to make him look like even more of a jackass by releasing the rest of the logs, and they passed it up. That, in itself, is the biggest tell of the whole story.