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Participants Annoyed at How 'Wikileaks' Gitmo Docs Got Out

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, April 25 2011

Pentagon press secretary Geof Morrell

When it comes to Wikileaks, there's the story, and then there's the backstory. Today, you might have noticed, we've seen a sudden deluge of news stories on just who has been held at Guantanamo Bay, based on detainee files. HuffPo's Michael Calderone walks us through how, as far as we the reader can know, news organizations like the New York Times, NPR, the Guardian, and the Washington Post came to possess and make use of more than 700 Gitmo files.

The fight over who had what when, and was supposed to use it how, is leading to some especially hard feelings, including between folks who once got along. The gist seemed to be, "Is there no decency anymore?" Over here we have Wikileaks (presumably Julian Assange), tweeting annoyance over former colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg's alleged sneakiness.
"Domschiet, NYT, Guardian, attempted Gitmo spoiler against our 8 group coalition," tweeted the Wikileaks account. "We had intel on them and published first." And over there we have Pentagon press secretary and former NBC correspondent Geoff Morrell complaining about the New York Times' Easter offensive. "Thx to Wikileaks we spent Easter weekend dealing w/NYT & other news orgs publishing leaked classified GTMO docs," Morrell tweeted earlier today.

That Wikileaks earns the sarcastic thanks in Morrell's account, considering that Times executive editor Bill Keller says in Calderone's piece that "WikiLeaks is not our source." But I guess it's still a bit easier and less relationship damaging for the Pentagon to go after Assange and company than Keller and his team.

Even in all this rush, news organizations found time to put together visualizations of the Gitmo docs. Here's the New York Times', the Guardian's, and NPR's. (via Ben Smith) The Washington Post gets on the board with a walk-through of the Guantanamo facility.