Michael Calderone reports that the latest classified document dump from Wikileaks is imminent, and that the release will coincide with coverage from cooperating media outlets including NYT, CNN, BBC, and Al Jazeera:
The Pentagon has been bracing all week for online whistleblower WikiLeaks to publish roughly 500,000 classified Iraq war documents, perhaps again in collaboration with news organizations who provide context and analysis of what’s in the massive cache.
And now the wait is all but over. WikiLeaks, via Twitter, advised looking in the next few hours at the New York Times, The Guardian and Der Spiegel—the three publications worked with WikiLeaks before the release of a huge cache released Afghanistan war documents in July—and several others news outlets, including CNN, the BBC, Le Monde, Al Jazeera, Channel 4 (U.K.). “We maximise impact,” the tweet read.
The Upshot has learned from a source that the New York Times will publish its Wikileaks story online in the early evening on Friday. (Politico’s Mike Allen tweeted that the Times story on WikiLeaks’ publication of the Iraq documents will run on Saturday’s front page.)