Green-Light for Greenwald: Government Duplicity or Government Duality?

Patterns play a major role in identifying entities. We get to know people, organizations and governments based on their record and their pattern of behavior and actions. This is a fact. What happens when an entity identified by a consistent set of patterns suddenly deviates and engages in actions and behavior that completely differ from all its previous ones? We question the sudden deviation. We question the reasons behind the differentiation. Because we must. Because we have to-especially when the entity in question is our government and the current ruler of our lives.

Allow me to present you with a pattern that has been the consistent modus operandi of the United States government when it comes to real whistleblowers and exposure of the government’s criminal deeds through unauthorized disclosures and leaks.

The following summarizes our government’s record and pattern when it comes to dealing with its whistleblowers and those who challenge the government by making incriminating information public via disclosures and or releasing (leaking) documents:

Elimination of the Messengers’ Jobs and Income

Prevention of Objective Publicity and Media Coverage via Government Media Partners

Utilization of the Courts as Their Tentacles’ Extension to Place Official Gag Orders

Utilization of the Courts as Their Tentacles’ Extension for One-Sided Prosecutions

Utilization of the Courts as Their Tentacles’ Extension for Imprisonment of the Adversary

Utilization of Blackmail & Pressure to Prevent Publication of Books and or Articles

Consistent Slander and Successful Attempts to Marginalize and Defame

Based on firsthand experience, my intimate knowledge of hundreds of whistleblower cases through my organization and relationships, and a decade of research, study and observation, I could take up hundreds of pages to list and elaborate upon case after case that demonstrate the pattern as consistent when it comes to our government’s response and dealings with its whistleblowers and adversaries. This is meant to be a brief commentary not a novella, so I refrain. However, I will list a few examples to illustrate the pattern, and also to honor those who have suffered greatly as a result of our government’s consistency when it comes to its dealing with the incriminating exposure and the messengers of the truth.

After three years of confinement Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in Jail for leaking incriminating documents on government wrongdoings and criminal activities.

After a years-long investigation, John Kiriakou was charged with three counts of espionage, one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and one count of making false statements as a result of his 2007 ABC News interview in which he said the CIA was torturing prisoners and that this torture was official US government policy.

For acting out of conscience and refusing to stand by as the NSA disregarded Americans' safety and privacy, Thomas Drake was criminally prosecuted.  The government conducted an armed raid of Drake's home. The DOJ indicted Drake under the Espionage Act with improper "retention" – not disclosure – of allegedly classified information, and Drake faced decades in prison.

Shami Leibowitz, a former FBI Hebrew translator, was sentenced to 20 months in prison in 2010 after pleading guilty to leaking classified information to a reporter.

Edward Snowden has been charged by the U.S. government for leaking details of the NSA’s illegal (unconstitutional) surveillance.

NSA whistleblower Russell Tice was fired and persecuted by the government for questioning and disclosing NSA’s illegal practices.

I could go on and list dozens of more known cases where those who challenged our government with disclosing illegal activities have ended up being fired, stripped of all income, persecuted, prosecuted, and or ended up in prison. This government pattern also extends to journalists- For example, in the case of James Risen.

Another commonality we see in the cases of Manning, Assange, Kiriakou … is the struggle these truth-tellers go through to secure legal representation, a defense fund, family income for basic survival, and so much more hardship inflicted by the government and its establishment tentacles- mental, psychological, financial, emotional. Remember how the public defense fund for Wikileaks was suspended. Remember how much hardship Manning’s defense fund had to go through. Recall how Russell Tice could not secure organizational support and even an attorney to represent him.

I believe based on what has been reported by the media, this brief overview, and more than a few examples, we get a good grasp of the government’s classic pattern of behavior and actions, and which is intimately paired up with its other establishment partners such as the mainstream media and publications.

Now allow me to present a case in which the government completely deviates from its well-established and well-known pattern and record.

A whistleblower, Edward Snowden, risks everything to obtain over 50,000 pages of government documents that expose many criminal deeds committed by the government. He has to leave the country since he knows what happens to those who engage in this type of disclosure. He hands over all these documents to two self-proclaimed journalists-Greenwald and Poitras, and entrusts them with its disclosure, because that was supposedly his intention in the first place: For the public to know what its government (rulers) have been doing in secrecy and behind their backs. He goes to Russia and stays there in order to escape prosecution and imprisonment.

Our government publicly declares Edward Snowden a traitor, criminal and a thief. Our government says it doesn’t matter if these documents implicate us in outrageous criminal (unconstitutional) operations and activities. What he has done is theft: These documents belong to us, that they are highly classified and sensitive, and that the whistleblower has to be prosecuted and jailed under the Espionage Act. So yes, these are the claims our government has been making regarding Snowden’s documents, and his action to obtain and release them.

Are you with me so far? Very good. Because here is what happens next:

Once Edward Snowden gives Glenn Greenwald his entire cache, Greenwald then becomes the person who possesses the documents that the U.S. government considers stolen, highly classified. And when he starts releasing a very few pages of these documents (less than 1%), he becomes the person who not only has in his possession highly classified stolen government documents, but also is the person who is engaged in selectively releasing and publicizing some of these documents. According to the government, when Snowden engaged in these exact same acts, holding and distributing the documents, he was committing an act of treason, theft, and illegal disclosures, all prosecutable under the Espionage Act.

Please let me pause here and emphasize the fact that I oppose our government’s characterization of the documents and the whistleblower, and I view the government’s actions against whistleblowers and releasing incriminating documents as completely wrong. I have always sided with real whistleblowers, and I always will.

Now, let’s move on, and observe how, suddenly, our government changes its position, completely deviates from its consistent pattern when it comes to whistleblowing and leaking, and acts totally contrary to how it always has acted in response to its adversaries who disclose and publicize incriminating information that exposes its illegal activities and operations.

Glenn Greenwald has in his possession over 50,000 pages of highly classified government documents. The government comes out publicly and sanctions his possession of the documents it previously claimed to be stolen government properties.

Holder indicated that the Justice Department is not planning to prosecute former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald.

Glenn Greenwald continues his ‘selective’ release of a very few documents. The government takes an entirely new position that says, it is okay, and that it is not going to investigate and prosecute the person who is disseminating ‘some’ of this highly-classified and stolen material.

After stating that the Justice Department has not given up its efforts to repatriate Edward Snowden, Holder said that the department is not, however, planning to take action against Greenwald.

…He said: Unless information that has not come to my attention is presented to me, what I have indicated in my testimony before Congress is that any journalist who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by this Justice Department…

Now remember, this same Justice Department, Eric Holder, has been going after New York Times journalist, James Risen on a much smaller case, and for far less significant charges.

Glenn Greenwald puts some (Less than 1%) of these documents out for auction and invites book publishers to come and bid. He promises to reserve some of these highly-classified documents for the book deal offered by the highest bidder. The mainstream publishers take his invitation and start bidding on it so that they could publish some reserved and exclusive and juicy classified documents. The highest bidder offers millions of dollars and seals the exclusive deal. The government sees nothing wrong or illegal with this, and gives its consent with its silence and ‘go ahead’ nod.

Glenn Greenwald, the investigative reporter who broke the story on NSA leaker Edward Snowden and the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs, has inked a deal to write a book on the subject. According to the publisher, it will "contain new revelations exposing the extraordinary cooperation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s program, both domestically and abroad."

His new book was acquired by Bershtel from Dan Conaway at Writers House Llc. International rights have been sold in Brazil, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway and Sweden by Devon Mazzone, a director of Subsidiary Rights at Macmillan.

Glenn Greenwald puts himself as the holder of the 50,000-page cache on another auction bid. PayPal Corporation’s Billionaire Owner, Pierre Omidyar, bids high, $250 million, in return for only one thing: Getting access and ownership of ‘some’ of these stolen and highly-classified documents.

A recent Rolling Stone profile noted that “Omidyar came to Greenwald specifically because of the Snowden leaks.” Given that those leaks deal primarily with how government agencies have accessed data from technology companies in the name of law enforcement, eBay’s eagerness to cooperate with those same agencies without so much as a subpoena is troubling.  It is notable, too, that aside from his continuing stockholding in eBay, Omidyar has jointly invested in at least one startup (Innocentive) with the CIA’s venture capital fund, In-Q-Tel.

The government gives its nod and consent to this deal as well: Basically, the government says, this billionaire and his news company are allowed to disseminate the documents we previously declared as stolen, very sensitive and highly-classified.

To make this most convoluted and outrageous story short: while the whistleblower who obtained and released the documents to two journalists had to escape the country, be threatened with death and prosecution and jail, the secondary owner of these same stolen and highly-classified documents was able to secure a $250 million joint venture with a government-connected American corporate mogul in the United States, strike multi-million dollar deals with American mainstream mega publishers and Movie Studios, charge mega bucks for exclusive interviews and information, show his face regularly on all American mainstream media outlets and pose for every single mainstream magazine …

Doesn’t this beg the question? Show me a single case of real whistleblowing and leaking involving thousands of pages of classified government documents implicating the U.S. government, where the whistleblower and or leaker and disseminator was not persecuted, prosecuted and or jailed. Point to one case where the leaker is officially rewarded with a $250 million business venture with a mega corporation who happens to be an intimate partner in the government’s surveillance operations, millions of dollars in book and movie deals, consistent mainstream media coverage and mega bucks for exclusive interviews and selective leaks.

You won’t be able to show a single other case where our government has deviated from its previous pattern of behavior and action when it comes to dealing with and punishing real whistleblowing and real leaking. Not one. Not a single one.

Then, what has caused this deviation? Has the United States government changed into a tolerant and open entity that encourages and rewards whistleblowing? Is this a case of duality, where the government is inflicted with multiple personality syndrome, and all of a sudden is showing its hidden personality no one had ever seen before? Or is it a case of government duplicity in a shenanigan created for reasons far more sinister and dark?

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Related articles in this series:

Greenwald-Omidyar Venture: Blurring Lines Between Being A Source & Being A Journalist

Greenwald Goes on Record: “I Don’t Doubt PayPal Cooperates with NSA!”

BFP Report- Omidyar’s PayPal Corporation Said To Be Implicated in Withheld NSA Documents

Checkbook Journalism & Leaking to the Highest Bidder

Sibel Edmonds is the Publisher & Editor of Boiling Frogs Post and the author of the Memoir Classified Woman: The Sibel Edmonds Story. She is the recipient of the 2006 PEN Newman's Own First Amendment Award for her “commitment to preserving the free flow of information in the United States in a time of growing international isolation and increasing government secrecy” Ms. Edmonds has a MA in Public Policy and International Commerce from George Mason University, a BA in Criminal Justice and Psychology from George Washington University.

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  1. Mgrdichian says:

    I dunno. My first thoughts go back to Ellsberg/Gravel and the Pentagon Papers. Ellsberg secured the documents and in 1971 Gravel read all of them (not 1%) into the public record. The govt wasn’t pissed? From the govt’s point of view, what Gravel did was more horrific than what Greenwald is doing, no? Yet Gravel was “allowed” to campaign for VP a year later and three years later was re-elected to the US Senate. So the govt was OK with Gravel? In some ways it’s apples and oranges because Gravel was a US Senator and Greenwald’s a journalist, yet at a basic level it’s a very similar dynamic.

    Like I said in a previous post, I’d love to hear you and Ellsberg hash this out…..cuz I dunno…..

    • Very good article and summary of the situation Sibel!
      We’ll have to wait and see how this one plays out.

      I see two possible scenarios with three explanations.
      Scenario one:
      NewCo is launched and Greenwald ceases to publish any more leaks from the docs;
      Explanation 1. Omidyar/PayPal/NSA put the muzzle on him.
      Explanation 2. Greenwald fulfilled his agreement with Snowden and released only those docs they agreed to release.
      Scenario two:
      NewCo is launched and Greenwald continues to publish more and more ‘damaging’ leaks from the docs; translation, Omidyar does not in fact have control over the docs.

      Personally, I see the damage having already been done with Snowden and his docs. The remaining docs can been seen simply as backup proof. We now know the NSA is actively spying on all of its citizens and those from countries worldwide, including government officials, corporations, etc. etc. I don’t think the remaining docs will reveal any new surprises in this respect, but rather corroborate what we already know.

      The fact that Greenwald and company can still profit from them is an entirely different matter.

      As far as the government’s deviation from its tried and true formula; I don’t know what to make of it at this point.

  2. andrei_tudor says:

    I have a few questions regarding Snowden himself, because I believe that the same reasoning regarding the government’s behavior can be applied to him as well.

    1. Why has the mainstream media covered him extensively, from the beginning, if he is a true, legit whistleblower? This runs contrary to the way they have covered the other whistleblowers.

    2. Is it believable that Snowden, an analyst working for an NSA contractor, could have gotten a hold of these highly sensitive documents, without any help?

    3. Is it believable that Snowden could have stayed in hiding for so long in Hong Kong, and then escaped to Russia on a commercial flight, if the US government really wanted to apprehend him?

  3. Olivier de Mirleau says:

    Let’s assume five things for a moment:
    1. Snowden is ‘for real’
    2. Greenwald is not
    3. There’s information in the remaining 99% of files that Snowden wanted to get out before date XYZ.
    4. Snowden kept a copy of the documents that Greenwald ‘owns’
    5. Putin is interested in publicizing the 99%

    Then after date XYZ and presumably some wiggling by Greenwald, Snowden will put his stuff on the net. Or as a preamble, he would publicize his ultimatum date XYZ.

    If this doesn’t happen, which one of the assumptions would not be true? Did Coleen Rowley check on assumption 3 when she met Snowden?

  4. Sibel wrote: ”
    “Consistent Slander and Successful Attempts to Marginalize and Defame”
    If I may also expound on your last criteria, Sibel: Successful ostracization of target by peers. Target becomes an untouchable and any association by peers subjects them to the same methods.

  5. A few thoughts:

    What is the public interest? I’ve seen a lot of comments about how it’s okay that a journalist “make a living”, but doesn’t our right to know take priority? I would like the libertarians to take note of the importance of the public interest in this situation.

    With the importance of the 1% of the docs released so far, don’t the crimes against the public, exposed by those docs, warrant the immediate release of all of the rest of the docs? I, for one, am not feeling the big concern for vetting the rest of it – certainly not entrusted to a small group of profit-motivated, oligarch-funded saviors.

    I have found that Sibel is very good at separating the wheat from the chaff. That is what is going on here. Some say it is a distraction from the leaked docs, which we don’t get to see anyway. I see it as removing the layer of BS that is encasing them.

    And not just the Snowden leak/docs. We’re starting to really see which side some of our sacred cows are on: This group of whistle blowers (and McGovern) that Peter Kofod has talked to – the ones he co-wrote the “come on out, all whistle blowers” article with. I already distrust McGovern because of his decision to pimp for Obama’s 2nd election and complain about the release of Classified Woman before the election. I don’t know Kofod, but he is definitely a pretentious asshole and I don’t like him already. I’ve been thinking Rowley was a straight shooter, but now would love to hear from her about this. Who is this group of people, writing with Kofod to ask for more whistle blowers to come out. Are they part of the stalk too? Is Binney simply bending to pressure? That’s where my mind is, anyway.

    Thank goodness for Sibel, the best thresher around.

    • Wayne Madsen has been reporting that the little award ceremony visit was exploited by British intel to try and narrow down Snowden’s network of contacts and locate them and him by cell-phone tracking. It doesn’t mean that McGovern and the rest were witting in this… but it does seem to me pretty stupid to meet with the guy when one should know that every little piece of information obtained through the visit can be milked to ultimately deprive the guy of his liberty -or of what liberty he has left… And for what amounted to little more than a photo op? That was really dumb….

      They haven’t caught him yet though… knock on wood.

    • “don’t the crimes against the public, exposed by those docs, warrant the immediate release of all of the rest of the docs?”- Very important point.

      Also, think about it, if Snowden is a kind of a person who sanctions selling documents, commoditizing the documents, then, what does that say about him? This is why he needs to come out and take a stand on this. All it takes, and I mean ‘all,’ is for one bad apple to destroy the reputations of all whistleblowers. WB’s already suffer from the smear campaigns, being portrayed as disgruntled traitors, now, if start getting people, individuals, who leak and disclose for money and profit, we’ll start seeing a major shift of opinion toward- whistleblowing bad, whistleblowers traitors, way of thinking among the population.

      I am drafting my next piece which will be addressed to Snowden.

      • That’s great. For what it’s worth, I think that time is another thing to consider. Do we have time to wait for the drip-drop leaks? How many will die, as we wait for evidence to prosecute the criminals who use our government for these crimes? How many compromised, coerced, blackmailed, representatives and executives in our government will do the bidding of the oligarchy, while we sit and hope that Greenwald can raise public awareness about what are almost compartmentalized aspects of the surveillance state? Too many.

        Once we all realize that we are dealing with a totally corrupt system, we will use brute force to knock it down. Overwhelming public outrage. That’s why Snowden’s leaks were important. They caused Russ Tice to give us more information, for one. He had some good thoughts about what might be in the rest of the documents, such as information about the targeting of powerful people (POTUS, SCOTUS, etc.).

        Releasing all the documents will bring out more whistle blowers, not an opinion piece by people who defend the hiding away and pimping out of what we need to know.

  6. Possibly there was a bit of an internecine spat which came to a head in Libya, but now the parties involved have come to their senses and decided to patch things up before serious damage is done. What has been released can probably be integrated into a psy-ops. There may be a way to game all this paranoia for the benefit of something they’ve been wanting to do, anyway.

    Anyone with a grasp of modern technology already knew everything is being squirreled away. Data is not something you just throw away, if there is even the remotest chance it could be useful later. It cost so little to store, and you can never predict which tidbit might be oh-so-valuable years from now. Just pack it all into the database, and wait for advances in hardware and algorithms to make it ever easier to correlate.

    The parties have probably reached an understanding regarding “loose ends”, as well. Greenwald may not be able to live with himself, you see? Snowden? I think he’s OTJ and always has been. Brilliant move, putting him in Russia. The Russians dare not lay a finger on him, nor even express the suspicions they must have by now. I don’t know what the next play is for Snowden, and possibly his handlers are mulling it over too. If he gets pardoned and brought home, it will become obvious the Russians were played for fools. It might be better for all if he just stays in Russia and fades from public awareness.

    So, on the whole, the Snowden/Greenwald thing looks like it’s reaching the “nothing to see here, move along” stage…

  7. Edward Rutland says:

    Dear Sibel, keep pressing on with your tough minded upfront honesty and don’t let the whining fawning bastards get you down. You are are not God with his all seeing eye but you are definitely shining your light on the source of the disgusting puss filled stench assaulting our noses.
    Hit um again. 🙂

  8. Mgrdichian says:

    Xicha: “I already distrust McGovern because of his decision to pimp for Obama’s 2nd election and complain about the release of Classified Woman before the election.”

    First I’m hearing about this. Would like to read more about it. Got references? (can’t find any myself)

    • Hi Mgrdichian,

      It was discussed here during a post about Paul Jay and the “Real” News Network, just over a year ago.

      For example: In 2007-2008 Ray McGovern was Not happy when I exposed Rep. Waxman’s office on whistleblowers’ cases, including his majpr ‘compromise’ to save the ‘Democrats’ involved in some of these WB cases. He believed that the concentration of our rallies and focus should have been placed ‘solely’ on the ‘other’ side. We survived that disagreement. Same with my book: he obviously didn’t like the timing of my book release, thus withheld all support(s) until elections result. That was OK too. And finally, whether McGovern or Ellsberg, people have the right to choose the path they believe in, and if BFP’s stand on elections is contrary to their stand, then be it. I truly disagree with whistleblowers becoming pundits for establishment parties. But that’s me. Whether they like it or not: We will continue to voice that. Perioid.

      • Mark Green says:

        Thanks very much Sibel for the Rolling Stone link. It proved to be quite enlightening to me.

        Let’s assume for a moment that the $250 million investment by Omidyar in NewCo is finalized.
        It would be highly unlikely that he would dump a quarter of a billion dollars cash into Greenwald’s lap and say, “Go ahead with this venture, I give you my seal of approval and wish you the best of luck!”
        A much more likely scenario would be seven figure salaries for Greenwald and the top staff and a well-funded reserve to get the business infrastructure up and running.
        That said, Greenwald has to be sitting very pretty financially, at the moment.

        If the Rolling Stone article was accurate information-wise (and I have no reason to doubt it wasn’t) then Greenwald and Snowden talk regularly via encrypted chat.

        Put yourself in Snowden’s shoes. He reads all the information that we read. He knows about the $250 million Omidyar deal, Greenwald’s $ million book deal etc. Do you think that he’s sitting idly by saying to Greenwald “I am so happy for you, that you have been able to use the NSA data I provided to you so you could become rich and famous beyond your wildest dreams! Don’t worry about me, I’ll get along.”

        Or do you think it is more likely that the two have worked out a deal to split the financial windfall coming Greenwald’s way?

      • Funny, I was just reading through the comments on the link I referenced for the quote:

        and I saw myself arguing with one Jay22, who asks me, rhetorically:

        Should we not listen to Glenn Greenwald, because he gets a paycheck from The Guardian which has done endless amounts of war pimping?

        It’s amazing how we find the consistency and connections between BFP posts at such disparate points in time 😉

  9. Mgrdichian says:

    Thanks for the links, Xicha, though now I almost wish I hadn’t asked. I read Sibel’s open letter to RM twice, and Mathew Edmond’s comment, too. I’m terribly disheartened. I’ve always put Sibel and Ray on a special pedestal, but now I see I should never put anyone there. This totally re-enforces my perceptions about why most people completely disconnect from the the political/governmental process. It’s one big cluster f*%#, even among the most sincere. I think my 2014 resolution will be to seek a whole new set of subscriptions — like Playboy, Car and Driver, and Sports Illustrated. Hey, did you see Tom Brady and the Patriots score two touchdowns with one minute left to play against the Cleveland Browns? Truly amazing. No controversy there. Boston Strong.

    Sorry to be off-topic. I’m just flabbergasted and disgusted.

    • 🙂

      Don’t lose heart, Mgrdichian. I can empathize with what you’re feeling, but want to point out that it is simply a pre-cursor to a new found BS detector and, I hope, an even greater respect for Sibel’s very necessary threshing. Courage.

      BTW, my cousin is a defensive line backer coach for the Colts and I played on a travelling little league all-star baseball team with Adam Venetari, yet, I have never been a sports fan.

      • @Mgrdichian — Xicha is right!
        I remember going through a phase of such utter confusion; having no clue how to tell fact from disinformation… but, instead of giving up I was determined to get to the bottom of things and I kept on digging (for truth). Sure enough, just as Xicha says, my skills at honing in on bullshit became sharp as a tack. What you eventually come to realize is that it’s a mistake to go looking for a source to place your trust in. Because there will always be the possibility, no matter how small, that your source could give in to temptation or threats and end up crossing-over to the dark side… OR that their words could be changed by an editor (or some other party). You can not control that. You can only control YOU. So, you MUST — above all else — be able to trust YOURSELF (that is, your own critical thinking skills and ability to analyze information/evidence in order to draw logical conclusions). Really, I can not stress this enough! There is no shortcut around this. You need not be an expert to achieve this, and they don’t even teach it in schools or universities anyway (at least not any located in the USA). PRESS FORTH, BROTHA. It can be done! =D

        @Xicha — I still miss philosophizing with you! Hope you are doing AWESOME! =)

        @Sibel – I am consistently impressed with your honesty. I feel that you are something of an anomaly …like a unicorn or luck-dragon, perhaps. 😉 My very favorite thing about you is that you are not afraid to speak the whole naked (sometimes harsh and ugly) truth — in so far as you know it — and no matter how well (or not so well) it is received. You take a lot of risks with the bold statements that you make here …risks of offending or possibly even alienating your readership with truths that they are not yet comfortable reconciling. Every time you do this I am quietly cheering you on in the background, because that’s exactly what we need right now (and forever), whether we like it or not! And so many people just do not have the courage to give it. Please, don’t EVER stop! <3

        – Amanda

  10. Ring the bells. HOLDER says: “not going to prosecute any journalist involved in true journalist activities”.
    Sure Eric.
    Did anyone hear any ‘true journalist activities’ covering JKF’s 50th on mainstream anywhere in the world? true journalist activities…..on 911? Sandyhook? ‘GLADIOBoston strong’ … That man, saying that, is bullshit.

    ‘Snowden engaged’ these exact same acts’ as treason/theft/prosecutable under Espionage Act’ = irrefutable.
    Greenwald holding ‘these exact same acts’ writing a book and a 250Million ‘newsite’ with Scarhill via paypal/ebay money=irrefutable. By virtue of the fact, SANCTIONED.
    Only 1% of data disclosed under Greenwald – has not been disputed.
    Disclosures having dried up under Greenwald – has not been disputed.
    The flow is stemmed. And that would be the essence, to stop that flow.
    Snowden reported having ‘no copies’. No copies? Doesn’t make sense.
    Snowden needs to let something go here. Reliably signal.

    To the memory of JFKennedy :
    “For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence—on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations. Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed.” ~John F. Kennedy April 27th, 1961

  11. BennyB-DoubleD says:

    I’d really like to hear something from Edward Snowden at this point. I’m inclined to believe he doesn’t have the documents (not to be too morbid here) because he appears to be alive and in good health. The US government has effectively put a bucket under the leak: Eric Holder can pretend he respects Greenwald’s constitutional rights and freedom of the press knowing that whatever makes it into the book that they Really don’t want released can be syphoned off before publication on the grounds that the information is classified. Whatever reaches the bookshelves will be just scandalous enough that the government can pretend that it’s upset about what secrets are revealed and Greenwald sell lots of books under the facade of tough hard hitting journalism. I also think it’s pretty safe to say that any “leaks” before the book is published will fall under the same protocol. One wild card that would align itself more neatly under the typical whistleblower VIP treatment Sibel refreshed our memories with above would be that Greenwald was offered some sort of opportunity he ‘couldn’t refuse’, legally, financially, privacy-wise? Blackmail and bribery seem to be some of the key components of the rationale behind the NSA/Hoover data vacuum. I don’t think it’s that unreasonable to consider that possibility, but that’s just me…

    Great article Sibel =]

  12. donilo252525 says:

    If I may digress somewhat, only in the sense that this isn’t related directly to the Snowden-matter-at-hand, I’d like to share a poem by e.e. cummings. This is likely known to many/all of you; for me it captures a sense of dealings between people who attempt to “understand” life and the problems life offers to them. This is not to denigrate any posters here, nor is it meant to disparage the process of trying to understand life. For me, the poem simply places the issue in stark clarity and in a context of taking a step back from the immediate fray.

    by: e.e. cummings (1894-1962)

    O sweet spontaneous
    earth how often have

    fingers of
    prurient philosophers pinched

    , has the naughty thumb
    of science prodded

    beauty, how
    often have religions taken
    thee upon their scraggy knees
    squeezing and

    buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive

    to the incomparable
    couch of death thy

    thou answerest

    them only with



    I might also add that I feel Sibel’s contribution of simple truths to our specific situation strikes me in somewhat the same manner in which the Earth offers a simple answer to those who seek answers: “Spring!”

    • Nicely done, donilo252525. Thanks for the poem. There are those who search for truth and those who manipulate and exploit that search, then demand the label of truth and authority be written on every dollar they steal.

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