11 March 2014
Glenn Greenwald Eyeball
How has the NSA surveillance story stayed live?
Barton Gellman: "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
Cryptome strongly disagrees with Barton 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
Contact with Edward Snowden
Greenwald was first contacted by Edward Snowden, a former contractor of the
U.S. National Security Agency, in late 2012. Snowden contacted Greenwald
anonymously and said he had "sensitive documents" that he would like to share.
Greenwald found the measures that the source asked him to take to secure
their communications, such as encrypting email, too annoying to employ. Snowden
then contacted documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras in January 2013.
According to The Guardian, what originally attracted Snowden to both Greenwald
and Poitras was a Salon article penned by Greenwald detailing how Poitras'
controversial films had made her a "target of the government". Greenwald
began working with Snowden in either February or in April after Poitras asked
Greenwald to meet her in New York City, at which point Snowden began providing
documents to them both.
According to Glenn Greenwald, he and Laura Poitras are the only two people
with full archives of the global surveillance disclosure initiated by the
former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.
In October 2013 Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill joined
to establish an on-line investigative journalism publishing venture funded
by eBay billionaire Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar's "concern about press freedoms
in the US and around the world" sparked the idea for the new media outlet.
The first publication from that group, a digital magazine called The Intercept,
launched on 10 February, 2014. Greenwald, Poitras and Scahill all serve as
Greenwald reportedly lives in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, near Tijuca National