From Editor & Publisher's story
on Jill Carroll's release:
"There are indications that [the demand] was for money, but we don't know if any changed hands," said Steve Butler, Knight Ridder foreign editor who had been in touch with his reporters in Baghdad today. He said learning too much about what occurred behind the scenes could be harmful. "These things are sometimes better left unresolved," he added. "It could harm the next one or close off options in the future if too much is known."
I know it's thorny and complicated, and I know that lives are at stake. But a newspaperman should never ever say things like that.