Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Guardian: Only 1% of Snowden files published

Pat Macpherson, Ashley Wells, CC Liu, Wisdom Quarterly;
Americans in D.C. protest NSA spying on us after Snowden's revelations (DN!)
The NSA illegally spies on citizens, allies, and anyone it wants to, and Obama knows it.
Cool, he's only published 26 of 58,000 leaks.
Mr. Rusbridger said the paper had "made very selective judgements" about what to publish.
Only 1% of files leaked by former US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden have been published by the Guardian newspaper, its editor has told members of Parliament (MPs).
1984: We laugh, but this is Orwellian spying
But Mr. Alan Rusbridger told the Home Affairs Select Committee the Guardian was not a "rogue newspaper."
He insisted the paper's journalists were "patriots," and he hailed the UK's democracy and free press.
A government spokesman said later it still believed that publishing the material had damaged national security.
"We're not going to be put off by intimidation but nor are we going to behave recklessly” - Alan Rusbridger
I hope the ol' chaps at the NSA won't be mad
Mr. Rusbridger told MPs that senior officials in Whitehall, the US administration and the US senate's intelligence committee had told the paper "no damage" had been caused. He also said criticism about damage to national security made by intelligence chiefs at a different committee hearing last month had been "very vague and not rooted in specific stories."
"There are different views about this," he said. "It's impossible to assess because no one has given me specific evidence."
Asked by committee chairman Keith Vaz MP if he "loved this country," Mr. Rusbridger said [yes but first asserted that] he was "slightly surprised to be asked."

"We are patriots, and one of the things we are patriotic about is the nature of the democracy and the nature of a free press and the fact that one can in this country discuss and report these things," he said.
A month ago the heads of Britain's three spy agencies used their first public appearance before parliament to launch an attack on the leaking [whistle blowing] of details about Britain and America's intelligence gathering capabilities. Today was a chance for the editor of the newspaper which published stories based on those leaked documents to make his case.

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