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Whoa: NYT Now Has Snowden Docs Carried By Secret Courier into the US

The New York Times is in the Snowden game.

And get this:

Now the Times or an agent for the paper, too, appears to have carried digital files from the United Kingdom across international lines into the United States. Discussions of how to partner on the documents were carried out in person between top Guardian editors and Times executive editor Jill Abramson, all of whom declined to comment on the movement of documents. But it appears likely that someone at one of the two papers physically carried a drive with Snowden’s GCHQ leaks from London to New York or Washington — exactly what Miranda was stopped at Heathrow for doing


To paraphrase Winston Churchill:
The New York Times can always be counted on to do the right thing after it has exhausted all other options.

per Emptywheel .. the NYT reporter this is assigned to ... is noted gov't bootlicker Scott Shane:

That reporter is not James Risen — who of course broke the original NSA story with Eric Lichtblau. It is not Charlie Savage — who had an important story based on the Snowden leaks already.

It is Scott Shane.

The Times’s Charlie Savage and other reporters have chased the NSA story aggressively, despite Snowden’s choice to go to fillmmaker Laura Poitras, theGuardian’s Glenn Greenwald, and Barton Gellman, who has written about the documents for the Washington Post. Snowden said he did not go to the Times because the paper bowed to Bush Administration demands to delay a story on warrantless wiretapping in the interest of national security; he was afraid, he said, the paper would do the same with his revelations.

Now, Times reporter Scott Shane is at work on a series of stories expected to be published next month jointly with the Guardian, a source familiar with the plans said. The source said the internal arrangement has also been the cause of some tension in the newsroom, as other national security reporters working on the NSA story — Savage and James Risen, among others — are not centrally involved in stories based on the Guardian’s documents.

Scott Shane has an increasingly consistent ability to tell grand tales that serve the interests of The Powers that Be. And somehow his stories about extremely sensitive subjects like drones don’t get chased for leaks.

- See more at: http://www.emptywheel.net/2013/08/23/how-to-get-the-government-to-ease-up-involve-scott-shane/#sthash.SUr1gc4B.dpuf

and why we should worry:

Chelsea Manning Turned Down Lesser Sentence To Not Sell Out Julian Assange

Just don't know how to confirm this source, so take it easy with this info (& let me know what you hear):

“Part of that would be to cooperate in testifying, so obviously we didn’t do that,” said Coombs at a press conference. “If the Department of Justice got their way, they would get a plea deal in this case, and my client would be named as one of the witnesses to go after Julian Assange,


NSA used against Kim Dotcom in NZ copyright battle

Here's the NSA, part of the United States military, doing the bidding of large international corporations who howl about intellectual property. Not military threats, not terrorism, not violent crime, perhaps not even a crime at all:

A blog postby New Zealand-based Keith Ng http://publicaddress.net/onpoint/ich-bin-ein-cyberpunk/ spills the beans. New Zealand's intelligence agency is the GCSB, the Government Communications Security Bureau. Ng reports, based on a redacted government document, how GCSB worked with NSA's PRISM program.

Once the GCSB's lawyer had a look at it, the Police provided a list of "selectors" to the GCSB (we now know from the PRISM documents that "selectors" is the term used to describe the search terms used to make PRISM requests):

The selectors were entered into , in an email classified as "SECRET/COMINT/REL TO NZL, AUS, CAN, GBR, USA". In other words, the selectors were entered into a secret communications intelligence system, and this secret system was considered related to Five Eyes:
The email from the GCSB then described "traffic volume from these selectors": i.e. This secret system was capturing live traffic.
What does this mean? It means that GCSB assistance is NSA assistance. It means that government agencies can tap into these powers as part of bread-and-butter law enforcement.

So the PRISM program is not only collecting information on terrorists, it's collecting information used in a criminal investigation of copyright violation. True, it was "overseas", but it was a US long-arm operation against a business not located in the US with the help of a compliant government.


"I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia." -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the Houston Chronicle

"I am secretly a citizen of Ethiopia."

-- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), quoted by the Houston Chronicle, poking fun at the flap over his citizenship issues.



Source: Guardian


Guardian partners with New York Times over Snowden GCHQ files
Some of Edward Snowden cache shared with US paper after 'climate of intense pressure' from UK government

The Guardian has struck a partnership with the New York Times which will give the US paper access to some of the sensitive cache of documents leaked by the National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The arrangement was made when the Guardian was faced with demands from the UK government to hand over the GCHQ files it had in its possession.

"In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, the Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden. We are working in partnership with the NYT and others to continue reporting these stories," the Guardian said in a statement.

Journalists in America are protected by the first amendment which guarantees free speech and in practice prevents the state seeking pre-publication injunctions or "prior restraint".

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/aug/23/guardian-news-york-times-partnership


In an article on its website, the Guardian elaborated on its reasons for the partnership, and said Snowden had been informed:

Journalists in America are protected by the first amendment which guarantees free speech and in practice prevents the state seeking pre-publication injunctions or "prior restraint".

It is intended that the collaboration with the New York Times will allow the Guardian to continue exposing mass surveillance by putting the Snowden documents on GCHQ beyond government reach. Snowden is aware of the arrangement.


---so what you are saying, is we would be BETTER OFF --- NOT KNOWING THESE THINGS?:

reposting hat tip: JDPriestly

Below is a list of 10 revelations disclosed by Manning’s leaked documents that offer insight into the breadth and scope of what he revealed, help explain his motivation for leaking, and provide context for the ongoing trial. The list, in no particular order, is far from comprehensive but encompasses some of the most significant information brought to light by the leaked documents.

During the Iraq War, U.S. authorities failed to investigate hundreds of reports of abuse, torture, rape, and murder by Iraqi police and soldiers, according to thousands of field reports.

There were 109,032 “violent deaths” recorded in Iraq between 2004 and 2009, including 66,081 civilians. Leaked records from the Afghan War separately revealed coalition troops’ alleged role in killing at least 195 civilians in unreported incidents, one reportedly involving U.S. service members machine-gunning a bus, wounding or killing 15 passengers.

The U.S. Embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country that opposed genetically modified crops, with U.S. diplomats effectively working directly for GM companies such as Monsanto.

British and American officials colluded in a plan to mislead the British Parliament over a proposed ban on cluster bombs.

In Baghdad in 2007, a U.S. Army helicopter gunned down a group of civilians, including two Reuters news staff.

U.S. special operations forces were conducting offensive operations inside Pakistan despite sustained public denials and statements to the contrary by U.S. officials.

A leaked diplomatic cable provided evidence that during an incident in 2006, U.S. troops in Iraq executed at least 10 Iraqi civilians, including a woman in her 70s and a 5-month-old, then called in an airstrike to destroy the evidence. The disclosure of this cable was later a significant factor in the Iraqi government’s refusal to grant U.S. troops immunity from prosecution beyond 2011, which led to U.S. troops withdrawing from the country.

A NATO coalition in Afghanistan was using an undisclosed “black” unit of special operations forces to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. The unit was revealed to have had a kill-or-capture list featuring details of more than 2,000 senior figures from the Taliban and al-Qaida, but it had in some cases mistakenly killed men, women, children, and Afghan police officers.

The U.S. threatened the Italian government in an attempt to influence a court case involving the indictment of CIA agents over the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric. Separately, U.S. officials were revealed to have pressured Spanish prosecutors to dissuade them from investigating U.S. torture allegations, secret “extraordinary rendition” flights, and the killing of a Spanish journalist by U.S. troops in Iraq.

In apparent violation of a 1946 U.N. convention, Washington initiated a spying campaign in 2009 that targeted the leadership of the U.N. by seeking to gather top officials’ private encryption keys, credit card details, and biometric data.


adding these as well (for those who don't think the above is enough):



Um, excuse me NSA/Mike: there's no Friday October 6th in the last three years.

Um, there's no Friday October 6th in the last three years.
2011: Friday Oct. 7
2012: Friday Oct. 5
2013: Friday Oct. 4

An earlier newsletter, which is undated, states that the Prism providers were all given new certifications within days of the Fisa court ruling. "All Prism providers, except Yahoo and Google, were successfully transitioned to the new certifications. We expect Yahoo and Google to complete transitioning by Friday 6 October."

Leaked to the Guardian, the documents reveal that technology companies including Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook incurred the costs to meet new certification demands following the court's October 2011 ruling.


Obama says Republicans privately tell him they're scared of Rush Limbaugh

From President Obama's CNN interview that aired Friday morning:

So the question is ultimately, if you are putting the American people first, if you are prioritizing them, then this shouldn't be that difficult. And I've made this argument to my Republican friends privately, and, by the way, sometimes they say to me privately, "I agree with you, but I'm worried about a primary from, you know, somebody in the Tea Party back in my district," or, "I'm worried about what Rush Limbaugh is going to say about me on the radio. And so you got to understand, I'm -- it's really difficult."


"Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither." Benjamin Franklin

US Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer
Date: August 23, 2013 - 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Speaker(s): Senator Ron Wyden; Congressman Earl Blumenauer

To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither. As useful technology expands, so do the threats to individual privacy and liberties brought about by the misuse of that technology. Recent revelations about the National Security Agency - how it collects information and from who - has raised serious concerns about whether we are protecting our liberties while ensuring security. Join us for a unique City Club event on August 23 when Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman Earl Blumenauer will share their perspectives on privacy and surveillance in the age of the internet.


USA To Internet Companies: "We pay you because we know it is illegal"

The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.

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