What if Bradley Manning had leaked to ‘The New York Times’?

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If Bradley Manning had leaked the classified U.S. documents he is accused of giving to WikiLeaks to The New York Times instead, would the grave charges against him still be the same?

That's a question the judge overseeing Manning's military case asked the prosecutor who is trying the 25-year-old former Army intelligence analyst.

The answer? Scott Shane reports in today's Times:

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“Yes, ma’am,” said the prosecutor, Capt. Angel Overgaard.

The New York Times and other mainstream publications published hundreds of the documents Private Manning is accused of leaking. The Justice Department is carrying out an investigation of WikiLeaks to determine whether Mr. Assange or his associates can be charged with a crime.

Media advocates say such a prosecution would be a dangerous precedent for news organizations like The Times that frequently obtain and publish information the government considers classified.

Meanwhile, The Huffington Post's Michael Calderone asks whether the media has an obligation to Manning, noting: "Manning's case hasn't received significant U.S. coverage, including from the Times. That's even as the most serious charge leveled, of indirectly "aiding the enemy," carries implications for the news media."

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Robin Roberts soon heading back to "Good Morning America"? [Daily News]

Col Allan bids farewell to New York Post editorial page editor Bob McManus. [New York Post]

Scott Dadich has lined up his editorial team at Wired. [The New York Observer]

Business Insider has 23 million unique monthly visitors and more than one million visits per day. [Business Insider]

(Village) Voice Media Group has unloaded Seattle Weekly and SF Weekly. [Jim Romenesko]

Publishing projects raised more than $15 million on KickStarter in 2012. [GalleyCat]

Layoffs at Bloomberg Government. [Talking Biz News]

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The 2013 Michael Kelly award is underway:

Atlantic Media Company today issued a call for entries for this year's Michael Kelly Award. The deadline for submissions is February 4, 2013.

The Michael Kelly Award recognizes writers and editors at U.S.-based newspapers, magazines, and Web sites whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly's own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth. The award was established by Atlantic Media Company to honor Kelly, who died in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq. Kelly served as editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal.

In recognition of Kelly's career as a reporter and editor at a variety of newspapers and magazines, entries are encouraged from publications big and small, as well as from young journalists, whom Kelly took delight in mentoring.

"April will mark ten years since Mike's death, and yet the ideals by which he lived his life—fairness, compassion, a relentless pursuit of truth—are carried on by his family, his colleagues, and enterprising journalists around the country," Charles Green, editor of National Journal, said. "Since its founding in 2003, the Michael Kelly Award has brought out journalism's best, and I am excited to see what this year's entrants have in store for our panel of judges."

A prize of $25,000 will be awarded to the winning entry. Each entry selected as a finalist will receive $3,000.

Entry guidelines and forms can be found at www.kellyaward.com. Entries must be for work published in a U.S.-based newspaper, magazine, or Web site in 2012. Up to five articles may be submitted.

Additional entry information, as well as articles by Michael Kelly, can be found at www.kellyaward.com.

Questions regarding entries should be directed to Charles Green at cgreen@nationaljournal.com.