Nick Davies: 'It's not our job to get people killed'
The Guardian's Nick Davies, who brokered the deal to have access to the WikiLeaks Afghan War Logs, is adamant that their publication in the paper has not endangered lives. Davies is quoted in the Guardian'sOpen door column today saying: "The first time I spoke to Julian Assange [the founder of WikiLeaks] in Brussels in mid-June, before I saw the documents I said there are two issues: one, there may be nothing of interest here, and two, there must be a risk that publication would put people on the ground at risk. There was always a big shining light on that right from the outset. It's not our job to get people killed and I am not interested in publishing anything that might get someone killed. "There were 92,000 documents and we published fewer than 300 of them. Each one was read from top to toe with the conscious aim of excluding anything that might endanger people on the ground. "You can't have governments decide what should be published and what shouldn't, therefore we, as journalists, have to make our own judgments." Open door also quotes Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger: "In the end you weigh up what you believe to be public good against public harm, you try to minimise the harm by highlighting public material of most public interest. You have a discussion about whether journalists should make those decisions but what it comes down to is whether you believe in the fourth estate. "Alternatively you leave these decisions to be taken by elected officials or parliament but I believe that would mean that virtually no material would be released."
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