2011-01-17 Die Welt attempts to "Break the WikiLeaks Cartel"

Die Welt Online breaks "The WikiLeaks Cartel"

In an online editorial published today, Germany's Die Welt Online writes:

"Up until now, only a few newspapers and magazines have been allowed to release a small percentage of selected cables under the supervision of WikiLeaks boss Julian Assange. This cartel is now broken. Die Welt Online, thru the Norwegian paper Aftenposten, now has unimpeded access to all cables, without restrictions."

"Aftenposten received access to all of the cables in the middle of december last year. Die Welt Online will now sift through the cables without being bound to the approval of WikiLeaks, and the stories that result will be handled under the same research criteria and ethical guidelines as the rest of our stories."

"The material will be treated as "source material", and the editors of Die Welt Online will decide what is interesting, and what can be released under the standards of security or privacy concerns."

First Haugsjgerd for

First Haugsjgerd for Aftenposten claiming that WL exercised editorial control over releases, and now Die Welt presenting itself as rebelling against an authoritarian WL.

Nick Davies and David Leigh have clearly stated that none of the media partners are remotely constrained in any way in what they choose to publish. They have complete discretion. WL does not red-light any cables.

There is no "Wikileaks Cartel."

Die Welt attempts to "Break the Wikileaks Cartel"

If one knows "Die Welt" one can easily predict what they find:
1. Ahmadinedschad is the worst criminal on earth and a madman
2. Hugo Chavez is a communists dictator and also a madman
3. The US is fighting corruption around the globe

These are the stories they constantly promote.

herbert has a poinT!

Yes and the next thing is that die Welt will be calling wikileaks communists. This is the problem and even the existing "collaborators" have not exactly been ideal ideal. In the end there is a risk of MSM diluting wikileaks purity of info and this what Assange and others are concerned about. Am convinced it's all going to "blow" everywhere soon and then it will come down to crowd sourcing/journalism as X70 has shown is already being well set up.

Then the power will be taken away from MSM. Convinced it's only a q of time. Leaks happening all over the place and soon nobody will probably be talking about "redactions" anymore. As i've argued before it's not a q of whether u agree/disagree. it's destined to happen me feels.

in fact when I hear the DG of the BBC Mark Thomson talking about the BBC needing to become more like Fox News, then I begin to worry.. Al Jazerra helped the Tunisians get their feelings together but I am not sure that the Emir of Qatar owner is exactly clean clean either! New internet media is the only way forward and I feel sure that it's only time before the best MSM people will be setting up on their own anyway with camera crews etc In many ways it's already happening naturally anyways. I'm into this.

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