11 March 2014
Barton Gellman Eyeball
How has the NSA surveillance story stayed live?
"Snowden paid very careful attention to what had happened to other whistleblowers
that hadn't had a long-term impact, and was careful to produce the documents...
If Snowden had asked me 6-8 months later [if this story and still been live]
but he has got to have exceed every plausible estimation about impact. It's
because he didn't realise the documents all at once."
That pace was less about Snowden releasing the documents slowly but about
the work journalists need to do to verify and interrogate before they publish.
How did Snowden get the documents out?
Asked whether he has been harassed when writing about Snowden, Gellman said
"I have not been harassed. I've had some interesting exchanges with government
reps of various temperatures. But I speak to them before every story. If
they want to demonstrate falsity I want to hear it, and if they want to tell
me about specific damage I would be doing then it want to hear that too.
I get warnings about the espionage act and I assume that I'm more interesting
than I used to be. And Google has warned me that they believe a state-sponsored
hacker is attempting to compromise my computer... I assume that is more likely
to be a foreign agency."
"Do I worry about doing harm and putting lives at risk? Of course I do. There
are things in the documents I don't think should be published and there are
things Snowden doesn't think should be published...
Gellman reportedly is living in New York, NY.
Cryptome strongly disagrees with Gellman and, according to Gellman and Greenwald,
allegedly the view of Snowden, on releasing only a few documents out of the
thousands being withheld. This paternalism toward the public self-deputizes
the document holders as de facto government officials and the elective
secretkeeping supports what the spy agencies do to deliberately keep the
public in the dark. The vaunted debate remains restricted to a tiny few with
access to the documents, all of them exploiting their withholding for commercial
purposes. This is an inexcusable travesty based on the special privileges
of journalists working in concert with officials.
Cryptome, 21 January 2014: This is an FOI request to Snowden, Greenwald,
Poitras, Gellman, NY Times, for full release of Snowden's de facto declassified
USG documents. Send to: Cryptome, 251 West 89th Street, New York, NY 10024.
Cost of digital reproduction on USBs will be paid. Public key for encrypting
<cryptome[at]earthlink.net>: Fingerprint=5D02 335F 26A1 BD73 BFE3 F519
3755 7319 F9FC 4719
Barton Gellman Eyeball
|Journalists Cory Doctorow (L) and Barton Gellman speak onstage at "Snowden
2.0: A Field Report from the NSA Archives" during the SXSW. (Travis P. Ball/Getty
Images for SXSW)
Pulitzer prize, national reporting - Columbia university
Pulitzer prize, national reporting (team entry) - Columbia university
Goldsmith prize for investigative reporting - Harvard university
Los angeles times book prize, nonfiction
George polk award
Henry luce prize - Time inc.
Rhodes scholarship - The rhodes trust
Overseas press club award - Opc of america
Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Bronze Medallion (1999),
SAIS-Novartis Prize for international reporting (2000), American Society
of Newspaper Editors award for deadline writing (1995).
The son of Stuart Gellman of Tucson, Arizona, and Marcia Jacobs of Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania. He lives with partner Dafna Linzer in New York City. A previous
marriage to Tracy Ellen Sivitz ended in divorce in 2007. He is the father
of four children: Abigail, Michael, Lily, and Benjamin Gellman.
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