http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/30/justice/manning-court-martial/index.html From the story: The young soldier from a small town in Oklahoma said that he first tried to give the information to The Washington Post, but a reporter there didn't seem like she took him seriously. He left a voice mail for The New York Times and sent an e-mail to the newspaper but, he says, he didn't hear back. So, he said, he decided to give the information to WikiLeaks. His mistake was that the wrong President was in office when he tried to give it to them. Yep, no connection between politicians and the media at all. No quid pro quo. No shared agenda.