Reporters, beware of bogus information

Christian Science Monitor
by Daniel Schorr

06/09/06

There are leaks from the Ship of State, and then there are leaks. There are punitive leaks, like the outing of a covert CIA officer, whose husband had offended the White House by contradicting its position on Iraq's interest in nuclear weapons. There are public-spirited leaks by whistle-blowers, lifting the veil on secret prison camps and warrantless wiretapping. And then there are leaks of bogus information, sometimes called disinformation, intended to influence public opinion in some direction. Such a leak was the planting of information that Wen Ho Lee, a Taiwan-born nuclear scientist working at the Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, had been identified as a spy for China...

http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0609/p09s02-cods.html


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