Gov't Officials Leak Classified Info To Journalists To Discredit Snowden For Leaking Classified Info To Journalists

from the we're-from-the-government,-we-don't-do-irony dept

We already mentioned the bizarre NY Times article from over the weekend that described how Snowden apparently used some basic web crawler software to collect the documents he later leaked. As we noted, the basic story itself is unremarkable, other than for how the NY Times tried to turn "man uses basic tool" into a story. However, there is a really good quote from Snowden himself (via his lawyers) in response to the article. Since most of it involves senior government officials telling NYT reporters about security problems at some NSA facilities, Snowden was quick to point out the irony:
"It's ironic that officials are giving classified information to journalists in an effort to discredit me for giving classified information to journalists. The difference is that I did so to inform the public about the government's actions, and they're doing so to misinform the public about mine."
Kinda puts it all in perspective, doesn't it?

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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Feb 2014 @ 10:15am

    Be very suspicious every time NYT publishes an article that gives gives masked praise to the NSA or makes them look positive and Snowden & Co bad.

    NYT has been doing it quite a lot lately, which is disappointing, before for a while I thought they finally "got it" and they would start being more like TheGuardian and WP and others in regards to these posts, but they still seem to mainly keep the side of the government. Shame. It's almost like it's not the same paper that protected Daniel Ellsberg several decades ago.

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