Minimalistic journalism = journamalism, a term coined (along with many others) by Atrios, but I prefer to call it mindless suckass establishment newspaper writing.
If you're a journo school graduate looking for work, the bad news is there's not much opportunity out there. However, there's lots of work for bright, cooperative stenographers, who are willing to follow instructions and possess enough editing moxie to rewrite government handouts.
The unnamed intelligence official, quoted extensively and without any rebuttal or even a question, must be pretty important, because he gave specific instructions to the "reporter," and had total control of the message, as whoever reads even a little of it can easily see.
If this woman is a journalist and Julian Assange isn't, we're going to have to revise our dictionaries, because that word no longer means what Doc Webster said it means.