Where do all these claims about WikiLeaks doing something on Iraq today (Monday) come from? A single tabloid blog at Wired Magazine!
That's right. Over 700 articles, newspapers all over the world, and newswires fooled by a tabloid blog--and each other.
Of course you won't see this blog cited, generally, in the mainstream press articles, because that would lessen the credibility of these articles back to where the belong -- unsubstantiated, and indeed, false claims made by a source that is not credible. What is journalism coming to?
But, Wired's blog is not just any source that lacks credibility. It is a known opponent and spreader of all sorts of misinformation about WikiLeaks. This dramatically ramped up since we demanded an investigation into what role they played in the arrest of the alleged journalistic source, US intelligence analyst, Bradley Manning:
We condemned Wired magazine for that conduct and the magazine has been oppositional ever since. The two blogs concerned, "Threat Level" and "Danger Room", while having produced some good journalism over the years, mostly now ship puff pieces about the latest "cool weapons system" and other "war tech toys" as befits their names -- "Threat Level" and "Danger Room".
These two blogs, and in particular editor Kevin Poulsen, have been responsible for a tremendous amount of other completely false information WikiLeaks.
A post today on "Danger Room" begins with:
"We’re still waiting for WikiLeaks to make good on its pledge to reveal hundreds of thousands of U.S. military documents on the Iraq war."
WikiLeaks does not speak about upcoming releases dates, indeed, with very rare exceptions we do not communicate any specific information about upcoming releases, since that simply provides fodder for abusive organizations to get their spin machines ready.