by Dan Ward
I’ve often questioned anyone who labels WikiLeaks a “news organization” (as it proclaims itself to be) or calls it a peer of the news media. The organization’s refusal to abide by ethical principles of journalism and eagerness to release information that puts lives at risk eliminates its credibility as an objective resource.
WikiLeaks does share one thing with mainstream media, however. It’s leaking cash. In a statement released today, WikiLeaks announced that it is suspending publishing until it can raise funds to pay for its operations, costs that include $500,000 for salaries, $300,000 for “campaigns” and $400,000 for productions.
In the interest of full transparency, I wonder whether WikiLeaks will now also reveal the details behind those costs. Will the publications such as The New York Times and Guardian that so often publish its leaks press the organization for information on how it spends its money?