At stake are the chat logs.
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.
That doesn’t mean we’ll never publish them, but before taking an irrevocable action that could harm an individual’s privacy, we have to weigh that person’s privacy interest against news value and relevance.
But now that I’ve written critically about Wired, I’m suddenly converted into a dishonest, ethics-free, unreliable hack. That’s par for the course. That’s why so few people in this profession are willing to criticize other media outlets. Journalists react as poorly as anyone to public criticism; it doesn’t make you popular to do it; it can terminate career opportunities and relationships; it’s certain your credibility will be publicly impugned. But journalists need scrutiny and accountability as much as anyone — especially when, as here, they are shaping public perceptions about a vital story while withholding important information — and I’d vastly prefer to be the one to provide it even it means that the targets of the criticism don’t like it and lash out.
Ultimately, what determines one’s credibility is not the names you get called or the number of people who get angry when you criticize them. What matters is whether the things you say are well-supported and accurate, to correct them if they’re not, and to subject yourself to the same accountability and transparency you demand of others.
Wired said to have Bradley Manning’s chat logs. Doesn’t want to publish them all