3 October 2013
Questioning Snowden Truth
Provocative comments and disclosures in recent days about truth of the Snowden
1. Glenn Greenwald and Janine Gibson answered questions on Reddit over two
days, elaborating on how Snowden documents publishing decisions are made
in consulation with governments.
2. Twitter furor today on Jacob Appelbaum's charge that The Guardian's James
Ball is withholding documents related to Tor, including attacks and
counterattacks concerning Appelbaum, Greenwald, Rusbridger, WikiLeaks, Assange,
Manning, Snowden, Michael Hayden, The Guardian, New York Times, and many
3. Appelbaum's accusation that Glenn Greenwald is being tarnished by Alan
Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian, as well as inept operations security
based on a New Yorker profile of Rusbridger:
4. From these unbridled, some unhinged, insults, snarlings, roilings, apologias
and exculpations arise significant questions of public manipulation through
5. To what extent, which, and how, are governments being consulted on publishing
the Snowden releases by the principal Snowden releases outlets, most of which
have admitted doing so, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Der Spiegel, The
New York Times, ProPublica.
6. Which documents are being selected for government consultation, how are
they selected, and what is specifically being consulted about.
7. Who specifically in government has been consulted.
8. What are the specific responses of the governments consulted.
9. What is being offered by governments as incentives to continue consultation
and to control publication.
10. What threats have been made by governments.
11. Have secrecy agreements been set with governments.
12. Have governments advised on how to manipulate public understanding of
13. Have governments advised against total release of the documents, instead
to gradually release them in consultation with governments to assure least
14. What has been done by the outlets and changed over time in response to
government consultations, incentives, threats, coordinated secret keeping
by the outlets, varieties of public manipulation.
15. Who from the outlets appear to have been co-opted, ensnared, coerced,
bribed, implanted, turn-coated, impostured.
16. Will all the documents ever be released, if not all, how many and how
long will it take.
17. What will cause Snowden and NSA interest burn out.
18. Can increased suspicion, infighting and betrayal among the outlets be
19. Who is being the least truthful.
20. Is truth the first casualty of the release war.
21. Why pandering to so many governments for journalistic privilege and
protection, not only for Snowden but also WikiLeaks.