Imagine if during WWll a newspaper had published a story revealing how our knowledge of German codes had enabled us to avoid a submarine attack. Would that be considered responsible journalism? Because of course, the Germans would have changed their codes, meaning that we would not have had warning of another attack.
This week we read that our ability to tap a conference call among Al Qaida leaders alerted us to a new terrorist threat. Was it responsible journalism to report that fact? Can't we now anticipate that Al Qaida will find another way to communicate with each other, closing off what could ave been a valuable source of intelligence about future planned attacks?