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With Thanks to Wikileaks

A response to the editorial Betrayal of ‘Truth’ (VR Dec 2010) by Justin McCauley Wikileaks has accomplished a great feat – and one equal to many journalistic achievements in the history of the modern press. Simply to argue whether leaking technically is journalism, or to throw ad Homonym attacks at its figurehead is to overlook […]


As the late Tony Judt wrote in a New York Review of Books essay on Henry Kissinger, “‘secrecy’ [is] an inevitable component of policymaking in any sensitive area, and one for which there are appropriate and legitimate institutional structures.” Judt goes on to differentiate between secrecy, which is necessary, and deception, which is reprehensible. This […]

Is Open Diplomacy Possible?

At Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson is never far away. President of the university before he became president of the United States, his larger-than-life image looks out across the dining hall at Wilson College, where I am a fellow, and Prospect House, the dining facility for academic staff, was his family home when he led the […]

Betrayal of ‘Truth’

Let us be clear about one thing: Julian Assange is not a journalist. Receiving classified documents and uploading them onto the Internet is not journalism. Journalism has a professional code of ethics. When journalists come across classified material, they understand the seriousness of the situation, and the implications of their actions. They do their duty […]

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