Mr. Greenwald remains furious that "media figures" continue to refuse to do what Mr. Greenwald tells them to do; that they "never talk about the actual revelations" and "only" talk about Snowden:
Media figures: the focus should be on the NSA revelations, not Snowden - and I'll never talk about the actual revelations, only Snowden.— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) July 13, 2013
At almost the same time he was taking to Twitter to issuing this latest, sweeping denunciation of "media figures" for talking about Edward Snowden instead of what is really important, Reuters published this interview with media figure Glenn Greenwald talking about Edward Snowden and how the United States government had god damn well better mind its fucking P's and Q's if it knows what's good for it:
Fugitive former U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden controls dangerous information that could become the United States' "worst nightmare" if revealed, a journalist familiar with the data said in a newspaper interview.Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the documents Snowden leaked, said in a newspaper interview published on Saturday that the U.S. government should be careful in its pursuit of the former computer analyst."Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had," Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion."The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare."...
So this is the new journalism.
Well, as I said last month:
...the world is also full of people who would be...[t]hrilled to death to see this situation to go wildly tits up, which is why it is an altogether different and jaw-droppingly stupid thing to loudly announce via the world press that if any country or faction or war lord or cartel kingpin or terrorist organization or highly-motivated anti-gummint nutjob on Earth wants to see the United States humiliated and its most intimate secrets splashed all over the media, all they have to do is kill one guy.
It's why they call it Dead Man's Switch, cowboy, so for the love of Mike, please shut the fuck up long enough to build yourself a fortress of lawyers and stop letting Mr. Greenwald filter whatever it is you are trying say through the swamp of his grudges and agendas and gargantuan ego.
And, right on time, Mr, Greenwald rides to his own rescue by insisting that quoting him verbatim in an interview he voluntarily gave is all part of the plot!
Like everything in the matter of these NSA leaks, this interview is being wildly distorted to attract attention away from the revelations themselves. It's particularly being seized on to attack Edward Snowden and, secondarily, me, for supposedly "blackmailing" and "threatening" the US government. That is just absurd.Which, as a tactic, is not entirely without precedent.