On December 11, 2013, at 4:16 pm, after the publication of our report on NSA-PayPal partnership and long-going cooperation, Glenn Greenwald responded via twitter, and here is what he said-verbatim:
“I don't doubt PayPal cooperates with NSA - that this is in the docs that we've been paid to withhold are total lies.”
Let’s remain completely verbatim and verified:
@ggreenwald Come on. Docs aside, you deny PayPal arrangement with NSA, or consider it irrelevant? Not accusing you, seeking clarification.
@jrs7000 I don't doubt Paypal cooperates with NSA - that this is in the docs that we've been paid to withhold are total lies.
All right, even though I find it repulsive, I am going to try putting on a Greenwald Hat, respond to his statement the way he is used to responding to inquiries he finds unpleasant and tough. Here I go.
Mr. Greenwald, in your response to our report you stated that you had no doubt about PayPal-NSA cooperation and partnership as claimed in our report. Please respond to the following:
1- Please tell us how you have come to have this information: That, PayPal does work and cooperate with the National Security Agency (NSA)?
2- You are saying that you know this with one hundred percent certainty. You are an attorney, when you say you have no doubt, you mean you have zero doubt, meaning you are one hundred percent certain. Please tell us how you arrived at this knowledge and conclusion with one hundred percent certainty.
a. Have you been told by the involved parties, NSA and or PayPal, that yes, they indeed are partners and have a cooperative working relationship? If so, who informed you of this cooperative partnership? When? Where?
b. Have you been given or shown any legitimate and or official documents that proved unequivocally that PayPal has been cooperating with the NSA? If so, where are these documents, and how did you come to possess such documents that establish, with one hundred percent certainty, leaving zero doubt (aka no doubt), that there indeed exists this cooperative relationship and partnership between PayPal and the NSA?
3- Assuming you act pro transparency, anti-secrecy, and provide us with documents and or verbal sources of this one-hundred percent certain claim, now please tell us when you arrived at this knowledge with one hundred percent certainty? Was it prior to your own $250 million business venture arrangement with PayPal’s owner Mr. Pierre Omidyar? Or was it after your $250 Million joint business arrangement with him?
4- Do you believe having an owner, a boss and a partner who is in a cooperative partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA) has no implication or bearing on 50,000-page documents you possess which implicate your boss and partner’s partner, the NSA? If so, how have you arrived at this way of thinking and this stand?
5- Do you believe there exists no conflict of interest in entering into a business partnership, wherein your business partner, whose existing business is in a cooperative partnership with an agency (NSA) you claim you are set to expose, puts on the table the entire capital, and is therefore the controlling owner of your information (and documents)?
Mr. Greenwald has confirmed the main premise of our news report: PayPal is among corporations that have been providing NSA with our data. However, Mr. Greenwald denies that Edward Snowden’s 50,000-page cache contains any evidence implicating his new boss’ corporation-PayPal. Yet, this same Mr. Greenwald refuses to publicize the documents and prove this claim. At the same time, this exact same Mr. Greenwald demands that we make public all our sources and all our communications with our sources.
Now I am asking Mr. Greenwald to prove his publicly-made claim: That he knows, without a doubt, with one hundred percent certainty, that his new billionaire owner and boss Omidyar’s PayPal Corporation is in fact one of the corporations that has been cooperating with the NSA’s illegal surveillance.
For nearly a decade Glenn Greenwald had justifiably attacked all mainstream media outlets as Corporate Media. However, after he came in possession of the 50,000-page documents implicating the NSA, he entered into a business venture with a Major Corporate Mogul, the billionaire owner of PayPal & eBay Corporations, for $250 million, whom he will be reporting for and under. There exists no doubt that the billionaire Corporation-ist is at least as Corporate as the corporate mainstream media Greenwald spent ten years attacking.
In my book, and I believe in many people’s book, this is called hypocrisy. This is also considered covering up facts and the truth. Simply put, it is called selling out for money-hoarding and whoring information for money and fame. For those of you who still give Mr. Greenwald some benefit of doubt, please do yourself a favor, and ask him to answer these questions. Ask him. Ask him how he knows without a doubt with 100% certainty that his boss, PayPal Corporation’s Omidyar, has been a cooperative partner of the NSA. Have him tell you, and show you the proof. And then, ask him to explain how suddenly he found having a billionaire corporate boss totally justified and acceptable for journalism. Have him tell you, loud and clear, that as of now, he considers corporate media the best and only viable media.