NYT & Guardian Team Up to Expose Snowden Leaks
Susanne Posel (OC) , - The Guardian has announced they are teaming up with the New York Times (NYT) to expose the National Security Agency (NSA) and their PRISM program through information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NYT will be given access to select “sensitive cache documents”.
The Guardian said: “In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are continuing to work in partnership with the NYT and others to report these stories.”
Since journalists in the US are protected by the 1st Amendment, the Guardian stated that these reports are “guaranteed free speech and in practice prevents the state seeking pre-publication injunctions or ‘prior restraint’.”
This collaborative relationship has been successful in the past. NYT reporter Scott Shane will be working with the Guardian. A source has revealed that “the internal arrangement has also been the cause of some tension in the newsroom, as other national security reporters working on the NSA story — Savage and James Risen, among others — are not centrally involved in stories based on the Guardian’s documents.”
In 2010, the Guardian teamed up with the NYT and Der Spiegel to publish documents leaked by Bradley Manning provided by WikiLeaks.
This effort is hoped to protect documents given to the Guardian by Snowden under the 1st Amendment.
Snowden has been informed of the plan.
The Guardian stated : “It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach.”
The mainstream media (MSM) wars have begun.
The Independent published a scathing story about Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, claiming that he provided “documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden” – disclosing that “Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies.”
The article asserts that there is a secret operation that is collecting emails, telephone calls and web searches. This scheme is based in the Middle East, funnels through the UK and is at the behest of the US government surveillance agencies.
This information is attributed to Snowden by the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).
This presents the question: what or who is the source of the disclosure being attributed to Snowden?
Snowden replied: “I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent. It appears that the UK government is now seeking to create an appearance that the Guardian and Washington Post’s disclosures are harmful, and they are doing so by intentionally leaking harmful information to The Independent and attributing it to others. The UK government should explain the reasoning behind this decision to disclose information that, were it released by a private citizen, they would argue is a criminal act.”
The GCHQ has demanded that the Guardian hand over documents provided by Snowden. So far the Guardian has refused.
Susanne Posel via Occupy Corporatism