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“It’s like journalists are being removed from the equation,” said William McKeen, an author and chairman of the journalism program at Boston University.

“People are getting raw information with no interpretation or analysis or even the sense of judgment attached to it. Journalists have always been the gateway. Because journalism is public service, they serve that function of not withholding information, but also knowing how to use information they get responsibly,” Mr. McKeen said.

“With WikiLeaks, we have this tsunami of information and getting it is attractive, the novelty of the exposure. But I think the raw feed of it is not the way to go. It sort of marginalizes the whole concept of journalism and the ethical interpretation and presentation of important information.”

Sean Lengell contributed to this report.