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Checkbook Journalism & Leaking to the Highest (Greenwald) Bidders

A government whistleblower obtains over 50,000 pages of documents that implicate the government in severely illegal and unconstitutional practices. This whistleblower risks everything, including fleeing the country, in order to leak these documents and let the public know how its government has been breaking the nation’s laws and violating their rights. So he goes to another country and then entrusts all this evidence to a few reporters and wanna-be journalists. Why does he do that? He does it so that these reporters will present all this information to the public: not only those in the United States, but everyone all over the world.

Think about it. Why else would someone risk everything, including his own life, to obtain and leak such documents? Are you thinking? Because what would be the point to all this, to taking all these risks, if 99% of these documents remain secret and hidden from the public? Ludicrous, right?

Now, here is what happens next: The whistleblower hands over these documents, and goes through a surreal escape journey. So surreal that even Hollywood could not have matched it. Of the handful of reporters who were entrusted with 50,000 documents, a few do nothing. By that I mean absolutely nothing. A couple from this entrusted group does a little bit more. They meet with a few mainstream media outlets, they spend many hours around the table with their mega companies’ mega attorneys and U.S. government mega representatives (the same government that is implicated in these documents). Then what happens?

Here is what happens:

During the six-month period since they received the documents and the whistleblower’s story broke, the supposed-journalists released 1% (One Percent) of these documents: Out of reported 50,000 pages (or files, not clear which), about 514 pages (>1%) have been released over 5 months beginning June 5, 2013. At this rate, 100 pages per month, it will take 42 years for full release. Snowden will be 72 years old, his reporters hoarding secrets all dead. That’s right. A whistleblower breaks the law to obtain 50,000 documents, he flees the country to escape prosecution and jail time, he hands over these 50,000 pages to a handful of individuals in return for their promise to present these documents to the public, six months pass, and the public gets 1% of these documents.

But please, wait. This is not all.

Far more interesting and troubling things happen meanwhile. The main wanna-be reporter begins his relentless pursuit of high dollars in return for … for what? In return for exclusive interviews where he would discuss some of this material. In return for a very lucrative book deal where he would expose a few extra pages of these 50,000-page documents. In return for a partnership with and extremely high salary from a Mega Corporation (think 1%) where he would … hmmmm, well, it is not very clear: maybe in return for sitting on and never releasing some of these documents, or, releasing a few select pages?

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Dear Sibel,

If you are seeking credibility, and since you want to talk about "just release all the information already," I would strongly recommend that you immediately publish all information you have regarding 9/11 that you haven't in more than 10 years.

You testified for the 9/11 commission, they redacted almost your entire testimony and footnoted you as saying you had a few recommendations.

You said you would appear for any mainstream media broadcast interview if they broadcast its entirety in full with no censorship or redacting of what you presented.

So immediately release all information you have.



Glenn & Ed in 5 months did more than you have in 10 years

I am starting to really ponder the possibility

Glenn & Ed might have something on Sibel or those who work for her.

paranoid people always eat

paranoid people always eat their own.

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More D & C


Full post to come

Glenn Greenwald took exception to Sibel Edmonds’ recent article questioning his “Checkbook Journalism” approach to releasing all those “Edward Snowden Manufactured Hero” leaks he’s been selling here and there.

So Glenn, doing his level best to protect his new “brand” of journalism (worth all of a QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS FINANCED BY HIS BILLIONAIRE GLOBALIST SUGAR DADDY, Pierre Omidyar of Pay Pal ), went after Sibel in his usual way.

(The “Greenwald as hero” brand is worth a lot more than just that quarter of a billion dollars. He’s got a book deal out of “Edward Snowjob” and a movie deal in the works as well (hey, I hope that CIA director who did Zero Dark Thirty does Glenn’s movie. That would be GREAT). If he plays his cards right, Glenn could be a billionaire after leaking all this “truth” to us. BIG MONEY GREENWALD! Working his way up to Arriana Huffington status, huh? No more producing gay porn websites for Daddy Warbucks Greenwald! Hey, maybe he can finally pay off those tax debts)

Well, turns out, some other NSA whistle-blowers contacted Sibel and informed her that it is well known that PayPal had been in bed with the NSA forever and that likely, with 50,000 “leaks”, some of them would have to involve Glenn new investor sugar daddy’s company.

So, why hasn’t “truth teller Greenwald”, all American anti-establishment hero, revealed those “leaks”?

This guy ponders the notion that since Greenwald is effectively owned by Pierre and he’s sitting on all those “leaks” like they’re his property (I wonder why no one whacks Glenn prior to him releasing them or has him arrested and shipped back to the states?) , doesn’t that actually mean the “leaks” are now owned by PayPal?

Anyway, the story goes even deeper than that. Apparently some former NSA spook claims that not ONLY are there specific documents in that pile of 50,000 “leaks” that pertain to PayPal and the NSA being in bed together handing over all your data, BUT… get this… there was actually a DEAL written up, a contract if you will, written up between the U.S. government and Greenwald

“BFP was recently contacted by a retired NSA official who claims that the documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden contain extensive documentation pertaining to NSA’s partnership with major U.S. financial institutions, including credit card companies and PayPal Corporation. The official, who requested anonymity, also alleges that a deal was made in early June, 2013 between the journalists involved in this recent NSA scandal and U.S. government officials, which was then sealed by secrecy and nondisclosure agreements by all parties involved.” BFP

What’s that? A contractual arrangement between the government (CIA?) and Mr. Greenwald regarding how and when and where to leak these “leaks”?

And why doesn’t he get busted or suicided by the CIA running around with 50,000 “leaks” that could bring down their empire of deceit? Oh, yeah, he has immunity apparently. and a book deal and a movie deal and a news network worth a quarter of a billion dollars.

Several REAL whistle-blowers (you know. the kind that aren’t invisible in transit hubs and don’t run away and hide from the press in Russia for no good reason… that kind) have spoken out saying the manner in which this is being handled by Greenwald is suspicious and downright insulting. They take exception to Mr. Greenwald signing on with one of the obvious culprits in this scheme.

Glenn is hemorrhaging brand value by the minute.

Well, it would appear that Glenn hasn’t taken all of this too well and the flame war is ON BABY!

According to Sibel, Glenn’s been pulling out all the stops. He’s calling her a “truther” (oh dead god no! [gasp]) and resorting to any and all die hard troll tactics he can come up with to protect his trembling empire to be. Calls her a “truther” calls her “stupid”…

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

Dear God

Please, enough with trying to assassinate the Profit motive. You know when people seek to BUILD a business, they still need to pay bills.

The new venture Mr. Greenwald is launching will allow people to send in documents encrypted right from the website ala an encrypted drop box.

Conducting REAL investigative journalism, REQUIRES money, for hotels, paying researchers, to fact check, traveling to sources, lawyers to get past the govenrment legalese.

Not everybody in the world donates 100% of their time gratis.

and what if a "leak"

Shines a light on some nefarious dealings of paypal? Will Mr GG bite the hand that feeds him?

Calling it attacking the profit motive is libertarian agitprop. Interesting you would take that route.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

Who Knows

Who knows if Mr. Greenwald will release documents implicating complicit action by PayPal? But even if he does shield PayPal are you seriously attempting to posit such action somehow cancels out the revelations to date?

The revelations to date

haven't been much more than what we've already known.

They spy on us. They spy on the world.

I think he's just being used to condition the people to accept that fact.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

It doesn't cost money

when the "leaks" are supposedly dumped in your lap for free. He should release everything, unredacted...1000 a month.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

Tell You What

You get to the point in YOUR career where an NSA contractor "dumps" documents in YOUR lap.

Do your best to keep an accurate accounting of the time, money, and other resources YOU invest along the way to getting that big dump of steaming hot documents.

I bet they have something on him

related to his Big Gay Porn Business. Running an operation like that could open oneself to some easy blackmail.

"If this mischievous financial policy [greenbacks], which has its origin in North America, should become endurated down to a fixture, then that government will furnish its own money without cost. It will pay off its debts and be without debts. It will hav

If GG REALLY cared that much

about exposing the corrupt, and protecting your freedoms, he could use the profits from his porn business.

This is simply a classic political tactic many have suggested

When docking a dogs tail it is best to cut once to spare the dog the pain of the procedure.

However to prolong the pain is of great discomfort for the dog, cutting just an inch of tail at a time.

The government is very unhappy about Glenn Greenwald and this trickling of scandals makes it that much worse for them.

Think the release of the Acorn videos. If you remember after the first scandalous video was released Acorn denied it, said it was a fluke. Then came the second video and it was a couple bad apples. Then came the 3rd and 4th and so on and it cemented in the public mind that there was a systemic problem, Acorn could not be trusted, and became the grandest defunding of an organization/project by the government in our history. All because O'Keefe took his time in releasing the evidence and utilized the news cycle.

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Yes that

and more. Greenwald says he is being careful not to release anything that would jeopardize individuals or the American people. It takes time.

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"Fully half the quotations found on the internet are either mis-attributed, or outright fabrications." - Abraham Lincoln

Cadre of NSA whislteblowers are credible?

The past month has seen a stream of circumstantial evidence released.

Suddenly it coalesces, but it's still circumstantial evidence.

Am I supposed to believe:

Ed was a dope who was duped. (Whistle blower slam?)

Glenn betrayed his source for cash. (Journalist slam)

Businesses cooperating, just following regulations.

Sibel connected some dots. Will the plot thicken?

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I told you so so soon? Will wonders never cease?

The book deal is very troubling.

This info won't be published unless its cleared through the government (else the publisher is closed down)

So now it appears to be that somehow the government has blessed this book ? (while protesting it of course)

Disinfo much?

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Hear hear, Sibel. An extremely well-documented account. Up to about 30 minutes ago I was singing the praises of Glenn Greenwald.

Then I checked his twitter where he pulled an ad hominem on Sibel's reporting...where BFP reported on Alex Jones citing the Tsarnaev brothers being CIA patsies.

Ah...now I get it. GG is part of the "controlled opposition" psy-ops. I should have known.

That is disturbing, and disappointing, and yet somehow understandable.

Maybe someday soon, after this $250MM heist of "independent" journalism is exposed as just being another layer in the onion...maybe GG will come back to roost in honest journalism...and not some quasi-alternative "independent" bought out illuminati controlled opposition schema.

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Time to INVESTIGATE the investigators of 9/11. PROSECUTE the prosecutors. EXPOSE the cover-up.

At what rate

would we expect a few journalists to turn out papers and documents. If they had to go through a bunch of documents and then extract and write something publish worthy, I wouldn't expect more than a few stories a week. No document dump? Retaining painful documents for insurance? Maybe, part of the strategy here is a slow bandaid approach. Make some money, get air time, and ensure that the issue of surveillance doesn't turn into just a hiccup in public apathy, by keeping that bandaid tugging on the hair.

The alternative is worse ...

and I think you missed a few things.

My guess is that Snowden has buried (literally buried in the ground) a few extra copies of his data.

And if not happy ... boom.

Additionally, I think the trickle keeps the subject in the headlines longer. Yes, there is a profit motive, but it also abets the altruistic motive.

You write as if profit is a bad thing.

Or as if propaganda is a bad thing.

No motive is a bad thing unless it comes from government. And when it comes from government all motives are bad even despite an angelic intention. And it isn't because it simply came from government, ... but because government has the power of force.

God Bless.



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Michael Nystrom's picture

Interesting. Thanks for posting this

A hall of mirrors it is. A hall of mirrors we live in.

Sibel's full of shit on this

Sibel's full of shit on this one. Sadly, she's not unique in this respect. GG's been addressing this line of baseless nonsense and speculative hyperbole for weeks now (some of the points, for months). As but the latest example, see: http://utdocuments.blogspot.com.br/2013/12/questionsresponse..., and see his Twitter timeline from tonight (and/or as far back as the announcement of the new venture, for that matter).

Skepticism is warranted, of course, particularly when it comes to Omidyar, but including GG as well. No argument from me there.

But illogical and paranoid ramblings filled with easily-refuted outright fabrications topped off with attempted character assassination (OMG, he was an investor in a porn venture!) -- an apt description of this ridiculous tripe from Sibel -- is unworthy of the bump I'm unfortunately giving it by posting this comment.

P.S. You've got mail. :-)


Michael Nystrom's picture

I'm about to go check my mail

Sorry for the delay. Not only am I in a timezone diametrically opposed to yours (didn't you say you were a Pats fan, too?), but I'm also plagued by an unstable living situation (lots of moving around), and a not so stable internet connections, either.

But I was thinking about the email you wrote yesterday, and have some thoughts on it.

Then I saw your name over there in the comments section.


As for Siebel's accusations, I don't know what to think anymore. I know what I want to believe about GG, and Ed, but I've been emotionally attached to public figures before which blinded me to some of the realities which I only came to terms with long after the fact.


Anyway, off to check my mail.

Why do you post under different names?

Just wondering.

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Why do you downvote all of his posts?

Just wondering.

Is this another point in time ...

when you are going to arbitrarily decide that my content is no longer welcome here.

And you wonder why this site is slowly becoming irrelevent.

I have temendous respect for your entrepeneurial spirit Mr. Nystrom.

But I have very little respect for your choice in whom you wish to surround yourself.

If it means anything, I would like to stay as long as I am welcome.

God Bless.

Is a reason required?

I up vote mine and down his for a single purpose.

To give the impression that mine is more well liked than his.

God Bless.