When the US government began its harsh crackdown on WikiLeaks, mainstream journalists and media organizations in the US did not condemn it as much as they should, partly I believe because they were resentful that WikiLeaks had exposed their own failings by exposing wrongdoing that they should have uncovered if they were doing their job. At that time, some of us warned that what the US government was doing to WikiLeaks, if unchecked, would eventually be turned against the mainstream media as well.
Sure enough, as Trevor Timm writes, it is now dawning on the media that the attacks by the Obama administration’s war on whistleblowers and the journalists to whom they give information, such as data requests without a warrant, equating journalists and reporting to spies and espionage, and using “conspiracy to commit espionage” charges against them, are merely extensions of its war on WikiLeaks.
People never seem to realize that it is never a good idea to support bad policies by a government simply because they are being used against people you dislike. Eventually they will end up being used against you too.