WikiLeaks revealed long ago that it had files on all of the detainees at Guantánamo Bay, at least through 2009, but their release only arrived tonight, via seven news outlets around the world. Adding to the intrigue: the New York Times claims it received its own files and so was able to scoop everyone else.
Here’s how I covered the evening over at my daily WikiLeaks blog. Go here for today’s many updates and surprises and shocks.
11:25 Who leaked the WikiLeaks files to the Times? To summarize: WikiLeaks gave its Gitmo files to seven news outlets but not the NYT or the Guardian, probably due to falling out with them over previous leaks. But someone leaked the files to the Times, which in turn gave them to the Guardian and NPR. The Times decided to go ahead tonight with covering/publishing files tonight, and WikiLeaks and partners apparently then rushed to lift embargo and come out with their coverage an hour or two behind the Times. At least that’s all suggested by McClatchy and the Guardian. Or did NYT learn that embarge was about to be broken and so moved "abruptly" first? In any case: Who leaked the files to the Times? Remember, the Times is not claiming that it got them from a government or Gitmo or military source, or from the original leaker—it says these are the WikiLeaks documents. So does that mean they came from one of several disgruntled ex-WikiLeakers?
11:20 Guantánamo piled lie upon lie through the momentum of its own existence by Julian Glover at the Guardian.
11:15 The @WikiLeaks feed at Twitter ontinues to link to individual detainee files, including Australia’s David Hicks.
11:10 Assange tormenter David Leigh talks about the Guardian‘s take on the Gitmo files—which he says they obtained from NYT, not WikiLeaks. This is sure to make Assange get madder. Here’s site for Guardian coverage.
11:05 @WikiLeaks notes: "If you read Wikileaks’ ‘Gitmo Files’ please do so with extra caution. ‘Confessions’ made under torture are suspect."
11:00 Now McClatchy publishes its stories based on Gitmo files (co-author is my old friend and ace Iraq reporter Tom Lasseter). Also reveals that seven outlets in all got files on "embargoed" basis last month from WikiLeaks. And mystery solved on timing and NYT getting first from another source: "WikiLeaks abruptly lifted the embargo Sunday night, after the organization became aware that the documents had been leaked to other news organizations, which were about to publish stories about them."