Obviously, there was no way we were going to prevent people from going to the Wikileaks website to see the documents, but as a matter of principle, we said that when we published our stories about the Afghanistan documents, we were not going to link to their website,” says Keller. “We feared that it could become hit list material for the Taliban. [Assange] was deeply offended, not just that we had not linked to his website, but that we had made a point of not linking to his website. He thought we had shown disrespect.
— New York Times Executive Editor Bill Keller, in a conversation on Fresh Air, talking about when things went south, with Julian Assange.