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How to follow the WikiLeaks story
By Dave Winer on Monday, December 20, 2010 at 9:23 AM.

Bijan Sabet writes that he plans to dig into the source material on WikiLeaks. I imagine a lot of people are in the same place. Hearing conflicting news about this and that, and not hearing enough substance to form an opinion. The story isn't actually all that hard to follow. But you have to go just a little below the surface to see what's going on. Following CNN and reading the home pages of the news sites is where the confusion is published. To get the clarity you have to pick your sources more carefully. permalink

I was in the same place last weekend, and decided to do something about it. I created an aggregator that streams WikiLeaks stories from the four major news organizations that have all the cables, and other news organizations who are downstream from them. They are the ones who decide what to write and when to write it and they release the cables if they need to. There's been a lot of misinformation spread by the press about WikiLeaks.  permalink

However a few news outlets have been doing outstanding work to clear the fog. By far the most productive and useful reports are coming from the Guardian. Great stuff.  permalink

WikiLeaks itself has a feed where they point to other news orgs that have been working on it. And I supplemented all this with a feed I'm managing myself from scattered stories I pick up from other sources, including people on Twitter. permalink

Key point: You don't have to dive into the source material, the reporters are doing that for us. permalink

This is where all those streams come together... permalink  permalink

Not looking for a plug, or a link -- I just want to help myself and don't mind sharing what I came up with.  permalink

PS: While I was writing this piece, a Spiegel interview with the German Interior Minister was published. He says "WikiLeaks Is Annoying, But Not a Threat." permalink

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