If Bradley Manning had gotten through to 'The New York Times'?
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Reports are filtering in about Bradley Manning pleading guilty to leaking classified U.S. intelligence documents while denying the more serious charge of "aiding the enemy."
But what everyone really wants to know is who are the reporters and/or editors he says he contacted at The New York Times, The Washington Post and Politico before taking his tips to WikiLeaks?
Greg Mitchell reports via Kevin Gosztola:
Kevin Gosztola is tweeting Manning's statement. Great stuff on his efforts to leak the "war logs" to mainstream news outlets. "Bradley Manning contacted WaPo, NY Times and Politico before providing war logs to WikiLeaks....Manning said he talked to person at WaPo who he did not think took him seriously ...Bradley Manning contacted NYT & left message it was very important. He had information. He left email/Skype address. No response....Bradley Manning tried to contact POLITICO. Weather conditions hampered travel to office."
And here's another question:
Had NYT, WaPo or POLITICO obtained war logs, would they have published? Notified govt? Only fraction would've seen light of day #Manning— Kevin Gosztola (@kgosztola) February 28, 2013
UPDATE: Former Times public editor Clark Hoyt, reportedly the person Manning left a voicemail for at the Times, tells Michael Calderone: "I have absolutely no recollection of ever hearing from him."
In other news...
The Bob Woodward-White House emails revealed. [Politico]
What The Atlantic learned from its Scientology advertising debacle. [paidContent]
Newspapers are in the crosshairs over gun-owner public records requests. [The Washington Post]
Scene magazine's one-year makeover. [W.W.D.]
Layoffs at BuzzMedia. [AllThingsD]
Poynter is hiring. [Poynter]
My freelance piece for TNR about Abu Dhabi's The National. [The New Republic]
Quote of the day...
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Manning story about calling the NYT is kind of painful... it is impossible to call the Times. Too arrogant to pick up.— Michael Wolff (@MichaelWolffNYC) February 28, 2013
Looking forward to the column by the Times public editor criticizing a previous Times public editor for not returning Bradley Manning's call— Jack Shafer (@jackshafer) February 28, 2013
Politico posts Sperling-Woodward emails. politi.co/VdnFwC Threat Level: Chartreuse— david carr (@carr2n) February 28, 2013
Sums up the day rather nicely, don't you think?RT @dylanbyers: Bob Woodward will be on Sean Hannity tomorrow night.— Jay Rosen(@jayrosen_nyu) February 28, 2013
Here's Woodward on CNN last night:
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It gives us great pleasure to announce that Caren Bohan is returning to Reuters as Domestic Policy Correspondent.
Caren left us last year – not long after her starring role at the White House Correspondents Dinner – to become Managing Editor for Policy at National Journal. At Reuters, she had been an important part of our White House team, covering the Obama and Bush administrations. She wrote about international summits, the federal budget, the war in Afghanistan and the Arab Spring. In 2008, she was the lead correspondent for Reuters covering Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.
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Caren is a natural leader whose years in Washington have earned her wide respect. She served as president of the White House Correspondents’ Association from July 2011 to July 2012.
Born in Boston, Caren earned a B.A. in English Literature at McGill University and holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. Earlier in her career, Caren covered economic policy and financial markets for Reuters, first in New York and then in Washington.
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