In the spirit of New York magazine’s we-almost-revealed-the-JT Leroy-hoax press release a few months back, The Nation‘s publicity director, Mike Webb, fired off a release this afternoon–in the wake of USA Today‘s exclusive NSA data-mining blockbuster–about his own magazine’s coverage of NSA data-mining.
Webb’s message cites the work of writer Tim Shorrock:
So was it The Nation that really got the scoop that the NSA is running pattern analysis on the phone calls of tens of millions of Americans? Helpfully, Webb appends the full text of Shorrock’s story, including the relevant passage–in context and without ellipses (emphasis added):
communications, sifts through this data for key words and phrases that could indicate communication to or from suspected terrorists or terrorist sympathizers and then tracks those individuals and their ever-widening circle of associates.”