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Monday, July 30, 2012

Wikileaks Claims Responsibility For Fake Keller Column

Wikileaks claims it is responsible for a faked Bill Keller column in which the former New York Times executive editor is reported to have written that "journalism should work in unison with government" and had the Times had the Wikileaks cables exclusively it would have allowed the US administration to review them before the paper published them. The column appears to be payback for the Times's actions in persuading credit card companies to deny payments to Wikileaks.

According to the Guardian, Wikileaks apparently prepared the ground ahead of time with some diligence by created a fake New York Times domain some time earlier this year and by sending the fake piece out through two Twitter feeds, one which might have been Mr. Keller's own, suggesting that his feed may have been hacked. Some journalists were fooled by the fake opinion piece, and have now apologized for being duped. Mr. Keller has released the following tweet to his followers:

THERE IS A FAKE OP-ED GOING AROUND UNDER MY NAME, ABOUT WIKILEAKS.EMPHASIS ON "FAKE. "AS IN, NOT MINE. — Bill Keller (@nytkeller) July 29, 2012.

 

 

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