View Full Version : Greenwald:The personal side of taking on the NSA: emerging smears

Peace Piper
06-26-2013, 05:52 PM
Glenn Greenwald guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 26 June 2013

When I made the choice to report aggressively on top-secret NSA programs, I knew that I would inevitably be the target of all sorts of personal attacks and smears. You don't challenge the most powerful state on earth and expect to do so without being attacked. As a superb Guardian editorial noted today: "Those who leak official information will often be denounced, prosecuted or smeared. The more serious the leak, the fiercer the pursuit and the greater the punishment."

One of the greatest honors I've had in my years of writing about politics is the opportunity to work with and befriend my long-time political hero, Daniel Ellsberg. I never quite understood why the Nixon administration, in response to his release of the Pentagon Papers, would want to break into the office of Ellsberg's psychoanalyst and steal his files. That always seemed like a non sequitur to me: how would disclosing Ellsberg's most private thoughts and psychosexual assessments discredit the revelations of the Pentagon Papers?

When I asked Ellsberg about that several years ago, he explained that the state uses those tactics against anyone who dissents from or challenges it simply to distract from the revelations and personally smear the person with whatever they can find to make people uncomfortable with the disclosures.

So I've been fully expecting those kinds of attacks since I began my work on these NSA leaks. The recent journalist-led "debate" about whether I should be prosecuted for my reporting on these stories was precisely the sort of thing I knew was coming....

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tod evans
06-26-2013, 05:58 PM
Keep pluggin' Glenn, there's lots of us who respect your work and are grateful that you're helping get the truth out!

Rock on!

06-26-2013, 06:00 PM
show us the adult videos

06-26-2013, 06:29 PM
I'm not so sure that his Espionage-Act violation is so trivial as Greenwald portrays it.

CHENEY: ... I did think that the New York Times violated the law because there is indeed a provision that says it is a felony offense to publish information about communications intelligence in the United States. It's never been enforced. But it's a felony calling for a sentence of ten years to do that.

WALLACE: Should have prosecuted the New York Times?

CHENEY: I urged that we ought to investigate. And either the law is the law or it isn't. It's never been enforced. Nobody had the nerve to actually go after the New York Times. But it's on the books.

And I thought in this case obviously -- now admittedly, I'm a hard rock on some of these things. And it's probably wise that others said, no, no, we don't want to prosecute the New York Times. But there is a provision of law. It's very clear. It is publication of communication intelligence, and it has never been enforced.

WALLACE: But you think it should be.

CHENEY Well, either that or take it off the books.


06-26-2013, 09:24 PM
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06-27-2013, 09:11 AM
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I couldn't believe Jayel got this trending last night. There's someone trying to restart it this morning, but I'm tapped out.