Greenwald’s post: 912 words. This post: 187.
In the wake of the UK’s David Miranda detention scandal, a new revelation embarrassing to the UK has been published in The Independent. The information reportedly comes from “documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden.” However, Snowden insists that he has never worked with The Independent and that he has been happy with the judicious way that The Guardian has reported on his revelations. Snowden suggests that the UK government is attempting to sabotage his credibility as a conscientious whistleblower by associating him with reckless leaks. It is not unprecedented for governments to leak their own information to advance their interests. Indeed, this has long been a favorite tactic of Obama’s.
The Independent’s article also says “the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, agreed to restrict the newspaper’s reporting of the documents.” Greenwald says:
I’m not aware of, nor subject to, any agreement that imposes any limitations of any kind on the reporting that I am doing on these documents. I would never agree to any such limitations.
Those suggesting that possessing classified information is a crime should try applying that standard to some historical episodes. Did NYTimes reporters commit a felony when they received and published the Pentagon Papers or later with the warrantless eavesdropping program? How about the Washington Post reporters when they reported on the CIA black sites? Media figures should consider the precedent they are setting when they apply this standard of criminality to the Snowden leaks.
An Independent editor tweeted that they were not duped by the government into publishing the story, but that was never the charge. The question is, did they see the documents themselves, and where did they come from?