In a recent press briefing, a US State Department spokesman was asked whether the State Department considered WikiLeaks to be a media organization:
Q: Do you know if the State Department regards WikiLeaks as a media organization?
A: No. We do not.
Q: And why not?
A: WikiLeaks is not a media organization. That is our view.
But what is really interesting is that when pressed, the spokesperson said “Mr. Assange obviously has a particular political objective behind his activities, and I think that, among other things, disqualifies him as being considered a journalist.”
That reminds me of an old quote: “News is what somebody somewhere wants to suppress; all the rest is advertising.” – Lord Northcliffe