New York Times Plans to Launch Anonymous Leaks Site

Jan 27, 2011

The New York Times is considering launching a Wikileaks-style site to make it easier for sources to provide leaked documents to the news organization, according to an interview with executive editor Bill Keller. Speaking with Yahoo! News's The Cutline, Keller indicated that the system could potentially be modeled after Al Jazeera's Transparency Unit, a similar concept that launched earlier this month.

The New York Times has been one of a number of major news organizations, including The Guardian and Der Spiegel, publishing excerpts from Wikileaks's collection of leaked government and military documents, including diplomatic cables and reports from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Tensions have arisen between Wikileaks founder Julian Assange and the New York Times over its coverage of the leaks and a profile it published of the founder in October.

Keller indicated that a small group within the Times was discussing the idea with input from its legal and investigative news teams, but would not go into further detail.