It’s a mistake to consider Wikileaks as a media organization, because they are generally anti-curation. There’s little rhyme or reason to the leaks they host, because they put up anything that’s submitted that they have reason to believe is legitimate. This makes them closer to a repository for leaked information — which is, of course, what they’ve been claiming to be the whole time. To the extent that they perform any kind of extra work — from redaction to supporting internal search (as they did with the cables) — it’s because they had something of such great importance that they felt the need to improve accessibility even if it damaged the correctness in minor ways. This should be seen as a divergence from their goals, rather than part of their core goal set.

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