Dec. 26, MoA “In May 2013 Edward Snowden fled to Hongkong and handed internal documents from the National Security Agency (NSA) to four journalists, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill of the Guardian and separately to Barton Gellman who worked for the Washington Post. Some of those documents were published by Glenn Greenwald in the Guardian, others by Barton Gellman in the Washington Post. Several other international news site published additional material though the mass of NSA papers that Snowden allegedly acquired never saw public daylight.
In July 2013 the Guardian was forced by the British government to destroy its copy of the Snowden archive.
In August 2013 Jeff Bezos bought the Washington Post for some $250 million. In 2012 Bezos, the founder, largest share holder and CEO of Amazon, had already a cooperation with the CIA. Together they invested in a Canadian quantum computing company. In March 2013 Amazon signed a $600 million deal to provide computing services for the CIA.
In October 2013 Pierre Omidyar, the owner of Ebay, founded First Look Media and hired Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras. The total planned investment was said to be $250 million. It took up to February 2014 until the new organization launched its first site, the Intercept. Only a few NSA stories appeared on it. The Intercept is a rather mediocre site. Its management is said to be chaotic. It publishes few stories of interests and one might ask if it ever was meant to be a serious outlet. Omidyar has worked, together with the U.S. government, to force regime change onto Ukraine. He had strong ties with the Obama administration.
Snowden had copies of some 20,000 to 58,000 NSA files. Only 1,182 have been published. Bezos and Omidyar obviously helped the NSA to keep more than 95% of the Snowden archive away from the public. The Snowden papers were practically privatized into trusted hands of Silicon Valley billionaires with ties to the various secret services and the Obama administration.
The motivation for the Bezos and Omidyar to do this is not clear. Bezos is estimated to own a shameful $90 billion. The Washington Post buy is chump-change for him. Omidyar has a net worth of some $9.3 billion. But the use of billionaires to mask what are in fact intelligence operations is not new. The Ford Foundation has for decades been a CIA front, George Soros’ Open Society foundation is one of the premier “regime change” operations, well versed in instigating “color revolutions”.”
One commenter brought Arthur Silbur’s Nov. 28: “Earth-shattering!” Bah! Humbug!‘
“In recent years, one of the most offensive and destructive of these charades has been and continues to be the Snowden Follies, also known as The “Massive” Leak that Changed Nothing Except to Make a Terrible Situation Worse, Which People Would Understand if Only Our Public Debates Weren’t So Goddamned Stupid. We can now incorporate into our joyful holiday celebrations the latest risible sketch in this fifth-rate vaudeville show. Among other offenses, this “new” routine is one that has been performed countless times in endless variations; any slight novelty or interest that the sketch might have offered in a bygone era was worn away at least a hundred years ago. Yet our rulers continue to offer us stale and inedible morsels as if they constituted a seven-course gourmet meal. And many of us eagerly savor and swallow the nauseating swill. A lifetime of propaganda and control will reliably erase the possibility of serious resistance.”
But his Dec. 2 ‘The “Intelligence” Fraud (1)‘ is more detailed, part of a series he hopes to write, with internal links to much of his other work on the subject.
“In a post earlier this week, I remarked that I’m working on a new article about the monumental fraud represented by “intelligence,” a fraud that includes “intelligence” itself — that is, the supposedly vital need for “secret information” about everything under the sun, to hear the so-called “intelligence” experts tell this fable — to every aspect of the State’s insatiable appetite for “intelligence,” including all the operations of the “intelligence community.” I’ve decided to start a series of posts documenting the endless “intelligence” failures of the State. Stories about these failures appear with stunning regularity, even in our gutless, monochrome, propagandistic news media.
I included links to earlier essays that explore this issue in detail. The second half of this article offers a good summary of the argument I’ve developed over a number of years. Two other articles I mentioned were this one and this one. (There are many, many more posts about this issue in the archives.) I can state my theme very briefly. Insofar as “intelligence” is concerned, such “secret information” is almost always wrong; on the rare occasions when it is correct, it is likely to be disregarded, especially if it goes against a policy that has already been decided. “Intelligence” is most commonly used as propaganda, to justify policy decisions that have already been made to an alarmingly gullible public.”
Admittedly, my comments are a bit overly-represented on the thread, but as you know, this whole subject is of keen interest to me.
And remember how Ed Snowden said he’d just want to start a conversation, in case people wanted to vote to be spied on?
Snowden to the NY Slimes: “So long as there’s broad support amongst a people, it can be argued there’s a level of legitimacy even to the most invasive and morally wrong program, as it was an informed and willing decision,” he said. “However, programs that are implemented in secret, out of public oversight, lack that legitimacy, and that’s a problem. It also represents a dangerous normalization of ‘governing in the dark,’ where decisions with enormous public impact occur without any public input.”
Pffffft. But meanwhile, the FBI, DEA, Homeland Security, and the CIA ll spy on us, and share their spying among themselves.
From Counterpunch (h/t Mr. wd), December 26, 2017: ‘Lenin Moreno Steers Ecuador Rightward and Betrays the Revolution that Elected Him’ by Joe Emersberger, illuminated the context of these tweets:
He’s got to be pretty concerned that Moreno might evict him from the Ecuadorian Embassy. Remember: ‘WikiLeaks publishes ‘entire hacking capacity of the CIA’, March 17, 2017, Café Babylon