The big WikiLeaks dump ends not with a bang but a whimper; plus, advice from Davos, change at TechCrunch, and danger in Syria
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After months of quiet induced by its financial woes and its founder Julian Assange's extradition battle, WikiLeaks must have expected the publication of its latest document dump, more than five million emails from the Texas-headquartered "global intelligence" firm Stratfor (obtained with the help of the nebulous hacking collective Anonymous), to make news.
But the response in New York and Washington media circles yesterday was more of a collective yawn.
Below, a sampling of the underwhelming reactions:
Adrien Chen/Gawker: "Since Wikileaks' submission system is still in tatters, Anonymous is its best chance to regain relevance and keep from turning into Late Night with Julian Assange. And Anonymous, which has made some terrible missteps in past leaks, could benefit from even the modicum of professionalism provided by Wikileaks. But it's going to take something better than a bunch of office gossip from wannabe spooks."
Daniel W. Drezner/Foreign Policy: "Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz............... huh? Oh, I'm sorry I must have dozed off there for a second. Man, I sure can't wait for that extraordinary news to be relea-- wait, that's it?"
Max Fisher/The Atlantic: "Maybe what these emails actually reveal is how a Texas-based corporate research firm can get a little carried away in marketing itself as a for-hire CIA and end up fooling some over-eager hackers into believing it's true."
Jack Shafer/Reuters: "The closest WikiLeaks has come to making news today is the London Telegraph story that refers to Stratfor emails that make a variety of assertions about what Pakistani intelligence knew about Osama Bin Laden’s residency in Abbottabad and Hugo Chavez’s health."
Adam Clarke Estes/The Atlantic Wire: "The unusual mix of media organizations helping to disseminate WikiLeaks' latest release reveals how much the WikiLeaks founder's behavior over the last year has alienated onetime mainstream media collaborators."
Mathew Ingram/GigaOM: "Does moving away from media partners like the New York Times and partnering with a group like Anonymous mean WikiLeaks is gaining strength or losing it?"
In other news...
Legal experts say the likelihood of U.S. legal action over The Sun's "illegal payments" to British officials is increasing. [The Guardian]
Two injured journalists are said to have been safely evacuated from Syria. [The Guardian]
Details on how one of them was smuggled out. [A.P.]
Another journalist has been killed in the war-torn country. [C.P.J.]
Marie Colvin's mother is determined to bring her daughter's body home to New York. [CNN]
The Washington Post thinks Rick Santorum is the "wrong man" for the presidency. [The Huffington Post]
Coverage of Santorum has gone negative. [Broadcasting & Cable]
The fine print of Janet Robinson's $4.5 million New York Times Co. consulting fee. [Footnoted]
The New Yorker's Nick Paumgarten got some crucial advice from Arthur Sulzberger Jr.'s girlfriend at Davos this year: "Be humble." [The New York Observer]
"The New York Times today announced the launch of its Election 2012 app for Android, an essential destination and comprehensive resource for those following the 2012 presidential campaign. The app is available now on Google’s Android Market." [via press release]
The Times has created another Tumblr. [Poynter]
Michel Hastings' mission at BuzzFeed is to make covering President Obama's re-election campaign not boring. [HuffPo]
Did Patch lie about president Warren Webster not leaving a comment on a Business Insider article? [Business Insider]
Erik Wemple says Media Matters' new book about Fox News is filled with clichés. [Erik Wemple]
A.J. Daulerio talks about the newest incarnation of Gawker. [Business Insider]
An editor change at the top of TechCrunch. [TechCrunch]
Jeremy Lin has been on Newsday's sports cover for 20 days straight, a new record. [The Cutline]
Avenue magazine is staffing up. [New York Post]