8 June 2019 — ContraSpin
We’ve been so busy sifting through the ashes that too few of us have noticed what’s been staring us in the face all along.
Let’s change that.
23 April 2019 — Defend Wikileaks
…speaking of press freedom, there’s something that’s happened recently in the news with Julian Assange, and I know people immediately thought of you as well because you’re in asylum right now…
What was your perspective of how the us media has been dealing with this situation in particular, and how do you think this affects press freedom?
30 March 2019 — Mint Press
NEW YORK — On March 13, a report in the Daily Beast revealed that the New York-based outlet The Intercept would be shutting down its archive of the trove of government documents entrusted to a handful of journalists, including Intercept co-founders Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, by whistleblower Edward Snowden. However, that account did not include the role of Greenwald, as well as Jeremy Scahill — another Intercept co-founder, in the controversial decision to shutter the archive.
6 June 2017 — Moon of Alabama
Yesterday The Intercept published a leaked five page NSA analysis about alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. Its reporting outed the leaker of the NSA documents. That person, R.L. Winner, has now been arrested and is likely to be jailed for years if not for the rest of her life.
Intercepted source – R.L. Winner
25 May 2017 — FAIR
For the third time in a year, the Washington Post has promoted the prosecution of Washington Post sources.
Last September, the Post controversially published “No Pardon for Edward Snowden” (9/16/16), an editorial calling for prosecution of the whistleblower who helped the paper win a Pulitzer Prize in 2014.
In the past weeks, two Post columnists have joined the Post editorial board in calling for Post sources to be jailed—this time in regard to the Post’s major scoop (5/16/17) about President Donald Trump leaking classified intelligence to Russian diplomats.
24 June 2015 — Media Lens
George Orwell once wrote:
‘I really don’t know which is more stinking, the Sunday Times or The Observer. I go from one to the other like an invalid turning from side to side in bed and getting no comfort which ever way he turns.’ (George Orwell, quoted, Bernard Crick, George Orwell: A Life, p. 233, Penguin Books, 1992)
The competition remains fierce, but the Sunday Times edged marginally ahead with a recent front-page exclusive that stank to truly celestial heights. As we noted in our previous alert, the Sunday Times dramatically claimed that Russia and China had ‘cracked the top-secret cache of files stolen by the fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden’. The ‘exclusive story’ contained precisely no evidence for its anonymous claims, no challenges to the assertions made and no journalistic balance. In a CNN interview the same day, lead reporter Tom Harper trashed his own credibility, and that of his paper, when he blurted:
‘We just publish what we believe to be the position of the British government.’
17 January 2014 — Unredacted
[On the 17 January] President Obama delivered a speech announcing the reforms he will make to the operations of the National Security Agency (NSA). The reforms, drawing from some of the 43 recommendations made by an outside Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies established by the president, include curtailing some spying of foreign leaders, modest limits on the powerful National Security Letters surveillance tool, and –as yet not completely specified– modifications to telephone metadata collection and reporting.
2 November 2013 — WSWS
Wednesday’s debate in parliament’s Westminster Hall on oversight of Britain’s intelligence services was meant as a rebuttal to that initiated last week by Conservative MP Julian Smith on whether the Guardian had endangered national security by publishing surveillance leaks from Edward Snowden.
28 June 2013 — Red Ice Radio
Patrick Henningsen, an independent journalist currently based in London, is the managing editor of 21st Century Wire, which delivers news and exposés on intelligence, foreign policy, climate change, the war on terror, technology and Wall Street. In the first hour Patrick talks about the situation in Syria as Britain and France, together with Israel and US support are destabilizing the country. Continue reading
20 June 2013 — Black Agenda Report
by BAR executive editor Glen Ford
The U.S. reprises Iraq, inventing a WMD threat from Syria. The FBI concocts home-grown terror through stings, while the NSA claims it has secretly saved many lives. “Why this steady stream of government-invented terror, if the real thing is so abundant?” And, isn’t the U.S. arming and funding the same jihadists they are supposed to be listening for on our telephones? Continue reading