NYT Ombudsman Admits They Were Wrong to Leak Classified Information


Byron Calame, the reader Ombudsman for the New York Times, has reversed his earlier support for the NYT's decision to publish classified details of a secret government program to trace international terrorist financial transactions. It only took a few months and a Congressional Resolution condemning the Gray Lady's betrayal of the public trust for Calame to see the error of his ways.

The admission is buried on the second page of an article called, "Can ‘Magazines’ of The Times Subsidize News Coverage?" As noted by Michelle Malkin, the mea culpa is loaded with weasel words, but eventually it emerges that Calame thinks the New York Times should not have published details of the secret, and highly successful, program:

I haven’t found any evidence in the intervening months that the surveillance program was illegal under United States laws. Although data-protection authorities in Europe have complained that the formerly secret program violated their rules on privacy, there have been no Times reports of legal action being taken. Data-protection rules are often stricter in Europe than in America, and have been a frequent source of friction.
Expect massive coverage of the New York Times' hideous gaffe by their colleagues in the mainstream press, not.

Via Michelle Malkin.

Posted by: Bluto at 03:23 PM

Comments

1 THIS COMMENTER IS MISREPRESENTING HIMSELF AS A CONSERVATIVE IN ORDER TO SPAM JAWA'S COMMENTS WITH RACIST MATERIAL. HIS POSTS ARE THEREFORE BEING DELETED.

Posted by: Jackson Hewitt at October 25, 2006 04:59 PM

2 Jackson Hewitt, go suck on a lemon somewhere. You are nothing but a liberal troll.

Posted by: jesusland joe at October 25, 2006 05:46 PM

3 Jackson,
Just the NYT?

Posted by: Greg at October 25, 2006 06:24 PM

4 I too am somewhere to the far right of Atilla the Hun. My comment about the NYT, other than I seriously believe that they should be sacked, and then burned to the ground is:

"Benedict Arnold - Blazing a trail for Ted Kennedy and The New York Times."

That pretty much says it all for me. If I were GW I'd have them all swinging from a high yard arm by actually enforcing the sedition, treason, and secrets acts.

Posted by: Vulgorilla at October 25, 2006 06:28 PM

5 Ooooh! The rampant racism! Oooooh the blatant anti-semiticism! Ban! Ban! Delete! Delete! Ban! Ban!

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 25, 2006 06:51 PM

6 Jackson,
If you believe the Jewish Lobby is limited to using the NYT as their journalistic tool, yours is a simple world.

Posted by: Greg at October 25, 2006 07:24 PM

7 I get it, this is an episode of, "Girls Behaving Badly".
Where are the hidden cameras?

Posted by: Greg at October 25, 2006 08:06 PM

8
NYT admits they were wrong to leak classified info

New marching orders. One minute the leaks are good, the next minute the leaks are bad! What's a good Leftbot to do! LOL.

Posted by: Jesusland Carlos at October 25, 2006 09:31 PM

9 See how easy that was! Ban! Ban! Delete! Delete! Ban! Ban!

Posted by: Last gasp Larry at October 26, 2006 09:06 AM

10 Greg: You racist bastard. Friggin Nazi, bigot, KKK'r.

Posted by: Greyrooster at October 27, 2006 01:18 AM

11 I can't be bothered with anything. It's not important. I haven't gotten much done lately. I just don't have much to say , but what can I say? Today was a total loss.

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