Glenn Greenwald verlässt ‚The Intercept‘: „CIA und Deep State sind die Helden der ‚liberalen Linken’“

02-11-20 01:48:00,

Wegen Zensur zugunsten Joe Bidens verlässt US-Journalist Greenwald das „eigene“ Medium. Seine Begründung ist beunruhigend und sie sollte auch in Deutschland Gehör finden: Wenn es nur gegen den richtigen Gegner geht, dann werden auch von „Linken“ sehr fragwürdige Allianzen eingegangen. Von Tobias Riegel.

Glenn Greenwald verlässt das von ihm selber mitbegründete Online-Medium „The Intercept“ – wegen Zensur zugunsten des US-Präsidentschaftskandidaten Joe Biden: Auf seinem neuen Online-Medium „” erklärt Greenwald den letzten von vielen Gründen für seinen Abschied:

„Der letzte, dringende Grund ist, dass die Herausgeber von The Intercept unter Verletzung meines vertraglichen Rechts auf redaktionelle Freiheit einen Artikel zensiert haben, den ich diese Woche geschrieben hatte, und sich weigerten, ihn zu veröffentlichen, wenn ich nicht alle kritischen Abschnitte über den demokratischen Präsidentschaftskandidaten Joe Biden entferne, der von allen in New York ansässigen Intercept-Redakteuren, die an diesem Unterdrückungsversuch beteiligt waren, vehement unterstützt wird.“

„US-Linke“, Joe Biden und die „russische Desinformation“

Greenwald kritisiert zudem, dass ‚The Intercept‘ die aktuelle Geheimdienst-Behauptung übernähme, die aktuellen Enthüllungen über Joe Biden seien „russische Desinformation“. Der laut Greenwald von Zensur bedrohte Artikel findet sich hier, die E-Mail-Korrespondenz, die die Zensur belegen soll, findet sich hier. Den aktuellen Vorgang der medialen Unterdrückung von kritischen Berichten über Joe Biden haben die NachDenkSeiten kürzlich in diesem Artikel thematisiert.

Greenwald ist US-amerikanischer Journalist. Internationale Bekanntheit erlangte der ehemalige Rechtsanwalt dadurch, dass er 2013 als erster Journalist über die Geheimdienst-Enthüllungen durch Edward Snowden berichtete. Ein Grund, „The Intercept“ im Jahr 2014 zu gründen, waren die Geheimdienst-Reaktionen auf diese Snowden-Berichte Greenwalds. Im aktuellen Fall Biden würden sich nun aber Mitarbeiter bei „The Intercept“ selber auf Behauptungen von Geheimdiensten stützen. Das betont Greenwald in einem aktuellen Interview mit Fox-News:

„Ein Grund, ‚The Intercept‘ zu gründen, war die höchste Skepsis gegenüber Behauptungen von Geheimdiensten. Schließlich wurden wir von Beginn der Snowden-Berichte an von der NSA, der CIA und dem tiefen Staat angegriffen. Wir wussten, sie lügen permanent und versuchten, sehr mächtige Propaganda zu nutzen. Wir sagten also: Wir werden diese Geheimdienste untersuchen.
Darum ist es mir sehr peinlich und ich bin wütend darüber, dass sogar mein Medium die aktuellen Vorwürfe gegen Joe Biden als ‚russische Desinformation‘ bezeichnet – auf Basis eines Briefes von Geheimdienstmitarbeitern!“

Die Sehnsucht der „Linken“ nach Zugehörigkeit

Das Phänomen,

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Glenn Greenwald: The Aftermath Of My Move Back To Independent Journalism

31-10-20 07:03:00,

Authored by Glenn Greenwald via

The last twenty-hours have been exhilarating. I had no idea what to expect when I decided to leave The Intercept and move my journalism here, but the outpouring of support — both words of encouragement from readers and those subscribing and supporting my work here — has been beyond what I can describe and it is incredibly gratifying and appreciated. Thank you to everyone who has subscribed and reached out.

This morning I discussed various aspects of my resignation from The Intercept on the outstanding YouTube program Rising with Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti. We discussed more in-depth my rationale for leaving, my response to various criticism and accusations from former colleagues and other assorted journalists, why I speak to both conservative and liberal media outlets, and what this episode reflects about broader media pathologies:

Last night, I was on with Tucker Carlson to discuss not only the reporting of mine that was censored, but also the severe acceleration of intelligence community propaganda and interference in our domestic politics and the increasingly restrictive media and political climate:

My appearances on Tucker Carlson’s programs typically provoke some controversy and even consternation among some of my long-term readers on the left. In addition to discussing my rationale for doing so in that above Rising interview, I also explained my reasoning on the Rolling Stone podcast “Useful Idiots” with Matt Taibbi and Katie Halper. Those interested can hear part of my answer in these two short clips:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 18, 2020

Finally, for those who did not see it, I appeared earlier this week, for the first time, on Joe Rogan’s program. It was an extraordinary three-hour discussion that covered a very wide range of topics, from my experience in reporting on the Snowden story and our exposés last year in Brazil, the state of free speech generally in the U.S. and in journalism, regulation of our discourse by unaccountable Silicon Valley overlords, the 2020 election, the need for dialogue across partisan and ideological lines, and a great deal of personal introspection and examination.

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Glenn Greenwald, who helped publish Snowden revelations, RESIGNS from outlet he founded after they censor his Biden reporting

29-10-20 09:36:00,

Resigning from the Intercept, Glenn Greenwald cited as the last straw the decision of “authoritarian, fear-driven, repressive” editors in New York to suppress his article critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Greenwald co-founded the outlet in 2014, with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, in part as a vehicle to publish the revelations from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Editorial freedom was supposed to be the Intercept’s core mission, he explained in a letter of resignation posted on Thursday.

The publication “now bears absolutely no resemblance to what we set out to build – not in content, structure, editorial mission or purpose,” Greenwald wrote.

My Resignation From The InterceptThe same trends of repression, censorship and ideological homogeneity plaguing the national press generally have engulfed the media outlet I co-founded, culminating in censorship of my own articles.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) October 29, 2020

Instead, it is “rapidly becoming just another media outlet with mandated ideological and partisan loyalties, a rigid and narrow range of permitted viewpoints (ranging from establishment liberalism to soft leftism, but always anchored in ultimate support for the Democratic Party), a deep fear of offending hegemonic cultural liberalism and center-left Twitter luminaries, and an overarching need to secure the approval and admiration of the very mainstream media outlets we created The Intercept to oppose, critique and subvert,” Greenwald wrote in a Substack post explaining his decision to leave.

Adhering to principles, and taking personal risk to maintain them, is a totally foreign concept to most of today’s chronically smug media members — who posture as brave, defiant truth-tellers but are the most banal and conformist people you’ll ever meet in your entire life

— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) October 29, 2020

While the problems between Greenwald – who lives in Brazil – and the New York-based editors have been mounting for some time now, the last straw was their decision to refuse to publish an article he wrote until he removed all criticism of Biden. Moreover, they tried to block him from publishing the article elsewhere as well.

Greenwald explained that he could have lived with the editors using his name as a shield “while pursuing an editorial mission completely anathema to what I believe,” so long as he could at least publish freely.

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald slides ‘Pardon Snowden’ into Trump’s Twitter feed, gets a nod from fugitive whistleblower

08-09-20 04:25:00,

A call to pardon Edward Snowden has appeared on President Donald Trump’s Twitter page, courtesy of a presidential retweet of Glenn Greenwald and some creative renaming of the journalist’s account.

Greenwald won a George Polk Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the global mass electronic surveillance by US intelligence, which was based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden in 2013. On Monday, he managed to deliver a call to pardon the whistleblower to the 85.8 million followers of the US President.

It started with CNN national security reporter Ryan Browne lashing out at Trump for suggesting that US military commanders had a vested interest in perpetrating wars and keeping US taxpayer money flowing to defense contractors. Browne called it “an unprecedented public attack” on the Pentagon by a sitting US president only to be confronted by Greenwald, who called him a “drama queen” and said he was obviously wrong.

President Dwight Eisenhower famously warned the country about the dangers of an unchecked military industrial complex in his farewell speech as he was stepping down in 1961. Greenwald shared clips from the address, and Trump retweeted one of them on his page.

Here’s a lesser-known part of Eisenhower’s Farewell Address. He had 16 minutes on TV to warn Americans of what he thought they most needed to know, and used it primarily to emphasize the dangers of Pentagon growth, weapons spending, and the threats of Endless War:

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) September 7, 2020

This gave the journalist a chance for a bit of advocacy on behalf of his former source. He changed the name of his Twitter account into “Pardon Snowden”. Trump earlier floated the idea of stopping US attempts to prosecute the NSA whistleblower, who currently lives under political asylum in Russia, but never acted on it. Snowden himself apparently appreciated the gesture, wondering if Trump keeping the retweet meant he “made up his mind”.

Greenwald is not the first person to slide some activism into Trump’s feed. Fellow journalist Max Blumenthal used the same trick in June to deliver to the President’s followers a barrage of slogans like “Defund the police”, “Free Julian Assange” and “Free Palestine,

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An Open Letter to Glenn Greenwald on the Occasion of his Release from Charges – Activist Post

22-02-20 09:32:00,

Op-Ed by Janet Phelan

Mr. Greenwald,

Those of us watching the attacks on the press were acutely aware of the implications of the charges levied against you, and now dismissed, concerning “cybercrimes.” The charges were redolent not only of the questionable charges against Julian Assange, but also were tinged with the sorts of “crimes” that have forced whistleblower Edward Snowden into exile and have resulted in an ongoing saga of contempt charges which are keeping whistleblower Chelsea Manning in an extended incarceration.

Increasingly, journalists are using data mined from internet sources, some of which may be considered to have “national security” implications. The fact that The Intercept has chosen to shutter the Snowden archives, with a mere 5% of the documents having been published, also buttresses growing concerns that press freedom is now under siege. The timing of this decision by The Intercept, which was virtually coincidental with Assange’s removal from the Ecuadorian Embassy and arrest by British police, did not escape the attention of press freedom advocates. Apparently, people are scared and are making decisions based on this emotion.

But it is not only documents which are being withheld from public oversight. There have been a rash of reports of journalists under extreme siege. Bilal Abdul Kareem, whose case in federal court got significant media attention when first filed, is now simply hanging out there, with no protections whatsoever, after Judge Collyer dismissed his case following government assertions of “national security.” Kareem, if you recall, is a US born journalist whose credits include CNN and Al-Jazeera, whose case revolved around allegations that the US was trying to kill him with drones.

A search of The Intercept finds no mention of the Kareem case dismissal, however. In fact, there appears only one search result on Kareem, a story back in 2016 when Kareem was attacked in Syria by a drone.

Kareem is not the only reporter under extreme duress. As you may know, Mr. Greenwald, I have contacted you more than once following my being attacked by chemical weapons-laden drones in Latin America. A rash of US whistleblowers, including several former NSA employees, are also reporting extreme and potentially life threatening attacks with unconventional weapons.

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