11 March 2014
Laura Poitras 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
Laura Poitras is an American documentary film director and producer. She
resides in Berlin. She is a 2012 MacArthur Fellow and one of the initial
supporters of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. According to Glenn Greenwald,
Poitras and Greenwald are the only two people with full archives of the global
surveillance disclosure initiated by the former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden.
In 2013 Poitras was one of the initial three journalists to meet Edward Snowden
in Hong Kong and to receive copies of the leaked NSA documents, and helped
to produce stories exposing previously secret U.S. intelligence activities.
She later worked with Jacob Appelbaum and writers and editors at Der Spiegel
to cover disclosures about mass surveillance, particularly those relating
to NSA activity in Germany.
She filmed, edited, and produced Channel 4's alternative to the Royal Christmas
Message by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013, the "Alternative Christmas Message",
featuring Edward Snowden.
In October 2013 Poitras joined with reporters Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy
Scahill 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. Poitras, Greenwald, and Scahill
all serve as editors.
Poitras is reportedly living in Berlin, Germany.