By John Mauer
In 1971, the secret Pentagon Papers were first published by the New York Times. They were not censored, except by the journalist himself. Contrast that with the recent release of secret U.S. documents by WikiLeaks, an online publication. WikiLeaks has been roundly reviled, perhaps rightly so. However, the attempts at government censorship were obvious and disgraceful; online journalism is currently extremely vulnerable. By moving away form the printed word, we are leaving ourselves open to electronic manipulation.