The journalist Luke Harding’s book, The Snowden Files, came out earlier this month. But judging by Mr. Harding’s assertion that his words were somehow deleting themselves while he wrote about the NSA, it’s a wonder it came out at all.
While he was working on the book about Edward Snowden’s exploits, Mr. Harding writes in the Guardian, the sentences he wrote about the NSA would periodically garble or delete themselves.
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Recent concerns about privacy have centered on domestic spying by government agencies.
Clemency for Edward Snowden and FBI surveillance of Americans in the ‘70s have both been in the news this week. And Sunday brought the return of Jill Kelley, the infamous air force base yenta who was the catalyst for the downfall of CIA director, Gen. David Petraeus.
Well, I was in the domestic spying business for 10 years as a gossip columnist, and let me tell you: it’s not the government you need to worry about.
It’s your friends, family and neighbors who know everything about you. And they’re the ones who sell you out.
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Los Angeles ladies take notice: Rupert Murdoch is back on the market. (The New York Times)
Tim Armstrong is finally winding down Patch, which David Carr terms the AOL CEO’s “White Whale.” (The New York Times)
Totally unsurprisingly in the age of social media, a bunch of people misreported a bunch of information as news was breaking about yesterday’s Navy Yard shooting. CBS and NBC both initially identified the suspect as Navy chief petty officer Rollie Chance, only to retract their reports when the suspect’s real name, Aaron Alexis, was released. (Slate, Politico)
Staffing up! Times Union political reporter Jimmy Vielkind is Capital New York’s first major hire since Politico owner Robert Allbritton announced that he had bought the website last week. Mr. Vielkind will continue to cover the (state) capital for Capital’s Albany bureau. (Capital Confidential, Times Union)
The Daily News posted a story last night from today’s paper about Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald’s past. The article, which was titled “Glenn Greenwald, journalist who broke Edward Snowden story, was once lawyer sued over porn business,” also pointed out that Mr. Greenwald was sued in 2003 by his condo board for having a dog that was larger than was allowed by the building’s bylaws (the dog ended up staying), and it outlined some financial difficulties that the lawyer-turned-reporter has faced.
But in a column that ran in the Guardian before the Daily News story was published, Mr. Greenwald scooped the News by explaining that he had been contacted by the paper and going on to give his side of the story.
ha ha funny
In outing himself as the source behind the stories about massive government surveillance programs, Edward Snowden brought global attention to himself, which may or may not have been his intention. The story certainly has shifted, with the media now focusing on Mr. Snowden’s past, his whereabouts and his future. Bloggers and talk-show hosts furiously debate Read More
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With the knowledge that the White House is spying on your every move, you just gotta laugh, right?
Amidst the controversy surrounding the NSA’s Internet and phone monitoring program comes the newest Tumblr sensation: “Obama is Checking Your Email.” The parody page, which quickly went viral after its Sunday debut, shows images of Read More
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The New York Times published a scathing editorial yesterday in the wake of the N.S.A. phone surveillance scandal titled “President Obama’s Dragnet.” It declared, conclusively: “The administration has now lost all credibility.”
Since then, however, the editorial, which appears in today’s paper, has been tweaked. “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue,” the line now reads (emphasis ours), with additional sentences related to new reports published by The Guardian, which broke the news of the domestic surveillance, and The Washington Post.
The National Security Agency is probably spying on you. A few weeks ago, the Associated Press reported that the Department of Justice had subpoenaed two months of their phone records—not the actual conversations, but information on which phone numbers they had called and when they had made the calls. Yesterday, The Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald revealed that the NSA has a secret court order allowing them to collect that info from all Verizon users—including journalists—in the United States.