New York Times distorts what Bradley Manning said about his effort to alert the New York Times

Bradley Manning testified that he tried repeatedly to get through to the Times, leaving voice mail messages for the public editor and several journalists:

[After trying to Washington Post], Manning turned to the New York Times. He called the public editor of the paper but only got voicemail.

He then tried other numbers on the paper but also got put through to voicemail, and though he left a message with his Skype contact details, nobody called him back.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/28/manning-washington-post-new-york-times

According to today’s Times, however, Manning tried to get through to the Times by leaving a message for the public editor:

He said he then tried to reach out to The New York Times by calling a phone number for the newspaper’s public editor — an ombudsman who is not part of the newsroom — and leaving a voice mail message that was not returned.

In January 2010, around the time when Mr. Manning called the public editor’s line, voice mail messages were checked by Michael McElroy, the assistant to Clark Hoyt, then the public editor. Both Mr. Hoyt, now the editor at large at Bloomberg News, and Mr. McElroy, now a staff editor at The Times, said on Thursday that they had no recollection of hearing such a message.

And that’s all she wrote:

Private Manning eventually decided to release the information by uploading it to WikiLeaks. To do it, he said, he used a broadband connection at a Barnes & Noble store because his aunt’s house in a Maryland suburb, where he was staying, had lost its Internet connectio in a snowstorm. [And so on…]

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/01/us/bradley-manning-admits-giving-trove-of-military-data-to-wikileaks.html

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