10 March 2014
John Cook 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
First Look Media Adds Editor of Gawker
First Look Media, the online news venture backed by the technology billionaire
Pierre M. Omidyar, is adding John Cook, the editor of Gawker, to its growing
stable of journalists, the publication announced on Monday.
The project became public in October with the news that Mr. Omidyar would
initially invest $250 million and was bringing in the national security reporters
Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill. In December, Mr.
Omidyars organization said he had already made an infusion of
Mr. Cook will become the editor in chief of The Intercept, a digital magazine
introduced in February and currently edited by Mr. Greenwald, Mr. Scahill
and Ms. Poitras. ...
Mr. Cooks hiring is the latest in a series of notable additions to
First Looks staff, including the Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi,
who will be running his own digital magazine.
Like Mr. Taibbi, who has built a reputation as a brash and determined critic
of Wall Street, Mr. Cook has enjoyed sparring directly with the subjects
of his reporting, particularly Roger Ailes and Fox News. Mr. Cook shepherded
the Fox mole, whose behind-the-scenes dispatches from inside
the network in 2012 were popular on Gawker. (The mole was revealed to be
an associate producer on The OReilly Factor, and was promptly
We are trying to build an operation that takes risks, said Mr.
Cook of his and Mr. Taibbis hirings.
To find stories that pick fights and pick the right fights. The model
is to be adversarial and fierce and aggressive and yes, that is on