Snowden Drops Latest Bombshell: NSA Targeted Journalists Critical Of Government After 9/11
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In a new Edward Snowden interview
released Tuesday by the New York Times, Edward Snowden drops another
bombshell by revealing that after the attacks on 9/11, the NSA began
targeting all journalists who were critical of the US government. Why
would the NSA and the US government do that? At that point in time,
wouldn’t the NSA had much better things to worry about, such as tracking
down Al-Qaeda terrorists and those intending to harm Americans, not
those attending to do their jobs and get ‘truth’ out to Americans?
Leaker Edward Snowden accused the National Security Agency of targeting
reporters who wrote critically about the government after the 9/11
attacks and warned it was “unforgivably reckless” for journalists to use
unencrypted email messages when discussing sensitive matters.
Snowden said in an interview with the New York Times Magazine published
Tuesday that he came to trust Laura Poitras, the documentary filmmaker
who, along with Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, helped report his
disclosure of secret surveillance programs, because she herself had been
targeted by the NSA.
“I was surprised to realize that there were people in news
organizations who didn’t recognize any unencrypted message sent over the
Internet is being delivered to every intelligence service in the
world,” he said. “In the wake of this year’s disclosures, it should be
clear that unencrypted journalist-source communication is unforgivably
reckless.” More below.
Then Snowden told us about the obvious; after 9/11, major news
organizations around the country and the world dropped the ball by
failing to report truth and taking up the ‘nationalism’ that the
government had strived for. In doing so, the mainstream media has also
lost countless readers and viewers while alternative news continues to
thrive as shared in the rest of this story.
“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in American
abdicated their role as a check to power – the journalistic
responsibility to challenge the excesses of government – for fear of
being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of
heightened nationalism,” he said.
“From a business perspective, this was the obvious strategy,” he
continued. “But what benefitted the institutions ended up costing the
public dearly. The major outlets are still only beginning to recover
from this cold period. Laura and Glenn are among the few who reported
fearlessly on controversial topics.”
Earlier this month, the Russian government granted Snowden temporary
asylum. The U.S. government wants the NSA leaker sent back to face trial
on espionage charges.