Newsbusters' Lachlan Markay has a good discussion on the Gray Lady's standards for publishing purloined documents:
The New York Times has taken an admirable stand on the potentially-criminal release of diplomatic cables by the online “whistleblowers” at WikiLeaks. Said one Times reporter: “The documents appear to have been acquired illegally and contain all manner of private information and statements that were never intended for the public eye, so they won't be posted here.”
Oh, wait. That wasn't in reference to the WikiLeaks documents. That was the Times's former environmental blogger Andy Revkin discussing the so-called ClimateGate emails.
I recommend the whole thing.
Note: Markay was once an Examiner intern.