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The Propaganda & Yellow Journalism Which Undermines Snowden's Whistleblowing

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FRAN TOWNSEND, NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Yes. Absolutely. I think it's true both in China and in Russia. And by the way, he doesn't have to cooperate. They can -- they can do this without his even knowing it.

BLITZER: When you say that, because I've been told -- I've been to China. I went to North Korea. And security experts said to me, "Don't take your laptop. Don't take -- don't take anything, because within a few minutes if the Chinese want it or if the North Koreans, even for that matter, want it, they can get it pretty quickly with or without your knowledge."

Do you buy that, Fran?

TOWNSEND: Absolutely, Wolf. The only thing he might have done was to keep it on a thumb drive, which will make it a little bit more difficult for them to get access to it.

There are any number of articles that can be found online right now speculating about what Russia or China knows. There are no articles, as far as one can tell, that have been produced that consist of one hundred percent speculation about how Snowden's files are safe and how he might have taken precaution to ensure that foreign governments would not be able to access the files if he lost control of them or was put in a situation where he had to give them up.

During the same news program on Tuesday, CNN's Barbara Starr, a resident stenographer for the Pentagon, presented another segment that functioned much like the material on China and Russia getting access to files Snowden has but focused on how Snowden's whistleblowing had aided terrorists who want to do harm to America.

"What if Edward Snowden, the self-confessed leaker and computer expert, has one last cyber trick up his sleeve? U.S. intelligence officials worry  Snowden may have some type of cyber doomsday insurance, threatening to publicize an online link to all the classified material he took so that anyone could access it if he's taken into custody?" Starr wondered.

Starr said, "The US assumption is that China has already read everything Snowden brought with him to Hong Kong, but still to be determined, the precise damage Snowden has done by revealing eavesdropping and surveillance programs and what additional classified information he could leak."

From MSNBC's David Gregory to Glenn Greenwald: .Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With a Crime?. 06/23/2013
MSNBC's David Gregory to Glenn Greenwald: .Why Shouldn't You Be Charged With a Crime?. 06/23/2013 by YouTube

Here's how the rest of this piece of state-identified journalism played out:

GEN. RAYMOND ODIERNO, U.S. ARMY CHIEF OF STAFF: There's always concern that when information like this is leaked, what's the impact it has?

STARR: Intelligence officials are trying to figure out how many laptops  Snowden traveled with and the size of the hard drives. That may help them calculate how much material he still has or whether he has handed it off to supporters.

A U.S. intelligence official tells CNN -- quote -- "We are seeing indications that several terrorist groups are in fact attempting to change their communications behaviors since news accounts of  Snowden's leaks."

KERRY: It's possible the United States will be attacked because terrorists may now know how to protect themselves.

STARR: But former Air Force intelligence officer Cedric Leighton says some of the so-called damage is the red face the U.S. has been left with.

COL. CEDRIC LEIGHTON (RET.), U.S. AIR FORCE: Looking at what he's released so far, I would give it a 60 percent embarrassment ratio to a 40 percent security risk ratio.

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Kevin Gosztola is a writer and curator of Firedoglake's blog The Dissenter, a blog covering civil liberties in the age of technology. He is an editor for and a former intern and videographer for The Nation Magazine.And, he's the (more...)
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