The American military has been operating a secret base for drone aircrafts in Saudi Arabia, the New York Times revealed last week.
It turns out that some members of the American media, including the Times, knew about the base for about a year, and they knew about the operations taking place there because they had obtained copies of the document approving activities at the base. According to the Washington Post, the document concludes "the United States can lawfully kill one of its own citizens overseas if it determines that the person is a 'senior, operational leader' of al-Qaeda or one of its affiliates and poses an imminent threat."
The media had an informal agreement with the government not to reveal the details.
Should the Washington Post, New York Times and other news organizations have revealed the information when they first learned about it?
Is there a danger/problem with the media making deals with the government?