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• WikiLeaks made public many documents that revealed the names of individuals engaged in sensitive clandestine and military operations.

• The case of Mr. Kiriakou involved a leak to The New York Times‘ Scott Shane, who’s quoted in the column, but there is no reference to the relationship between Mr. Kiriakou and Mr. Shane.

• A source quoted in the column was publicly reprimanded for his anti-war comments by his former employer, The New York Times. Ms. Sullivan failed to mention that fact.

Back in Golden Gate Park in 1969, I was a naive 18-year-old. I didn’t know better. The public editor of The New York Times should know better than to try to make a case while avoiding key facts about the issue at hand.

Ms. Sullivan declined to comment, stating in an email that the column stood for itself.

• Christopher Harper is a professor of journalism at Temple University. He worked for The Associated Press, Newsweek, ABC News and “20/20” for more than 20 years. He can be contacted at and can be followed on Twitter @charper51.