I have a Gab account. I barely use it, but I guess my data could be compromised. Will The Intercept investigate me, discover a small messageboard named in honor of a known monarchist and come after me and the rest of you? Be aware, be very aware...
Whatever the case, this smacks of trying to continue to milk Trump and his loony diehard followers for clicks/attention, to the point that they'll smear anyone even remotely associated with something with Trump's stench on it. It also seems a bit illegal, given that it's stolen data, but I'm not sure (not a lawyer).
Regardless, it seems motivated by a sick, extreme form of "guilt by 6-degrees-of-separation." If you used the same product, service, or public bathroom stall as someone who knows someone who knows someone else who once smiled in the general direction of a Trump supporter, then you're obviously treasonous, racist, Qanon garbage who should be publicly shamed on Twitter and have your life ruined by a mainstream media outlet, amirite?
Just over ten years ago, on July 25, 2010, Wikileaks released 75,000 secret U.S. military reports involving the war in Afghanistan. The New York Times, The Guardian, and Der Spiegel helped release the documents, which were devastating to America’s intelligence community and military, revealing systemic abuses that included civilian massacres and an assassination squad, TF 373, whose existence the United States kept “protected” even from its allies.
The Afghan War logs came out at the beginning of a historic stretch of true oppositional journalism, when outlets like Le Monde, El Pais, Der Spiegel, The Guardian, The New York Times, and others partnered with sites like Wikileaks. Official secrets were exposed on a scale not seen since the Church Committee hearings of the seventies, as reporters pored through 250,000 American diplomatic cables, secret files about every detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and hundreds of thousands of additional documents about everything from the Iraq war to coverups of environmental catastrophes, among other things helping trigger the “Arab Spring.”
There was an attempt at a response — companies like Amazon, Master Card, Visa, and Paypal shut Wikileaks off, and the Pentagon flooded the site with a “denial of service” attack — but leaks continued. One person inspired by the revelations was former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who came forward to unveil an illegal domestic surveillance program, a story that won an Oscar and a Pulitzer Prize for documentarian Laura Poitras and reporters Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill. By 2014, members of Congress in both parties were calling for the resignations of CIA chief John Brennan and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, both of whom had been caught lying to congress.
The culmination of this period came when billionaire eBay founder Pierre Omidyar launched The Intercept in February 2014. The outlet was devoted to sifting through Snowden’s archive of leaked secrets, and its first story described how the NSA and CIA frequently made errors using geolocation to identify and assassinate drone targets. A few months later, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden admitted, “We kill people based on metadata.”
Fast forward seven years. Julian Assange is behind bars, and may die there. Snowden is in exile in Russia. Brennan, Clapper, and Hayden have been rehabilitated and are all paid contributors to either MSNBC or CNN, part of a wave of intelligence officers who’ve flooded the airwaves and op-ed pages in recent years, including the FBI’s Asha Rangappa, Clint Watts, Josh Campbell, former counterintelligence chief Frank Figliuzzi and former deputy director Andrew McCabe, the CIA’s John Sipher, Phil Mudd, Ned Price, and many others.
Once again, Internet platforms, credit card companies like Visa and MasterCard, and payment processors like PayPal are working to help track down and/or block the activities of “extremists.” This time, they’re on the same side as the onetime press allies of Wikileaks and Snowden, who began a course reversal after the election of Donald Trump.
I can't see how one could say that summary is factually incorrect. So, what's up with that? MSNBC and CNN are now willing mouthpieces for the US intelligence community. Remember when the journalists at every mainstream outlet--apart from Fox--were taking the Bush Admin to task over and over again for claims made by the intelligence community to support the Admin? Now, you'd have to forcibly remove the talking heads on MSNBC and CNN form the CIA's ass, just to get an unfiltered opinion from them. That is--imo--a far worse criticism than could ever have been leveled at Fox News.
Truly, the world has turned upside down...,
Last Edit: May 11, 2021 14:04:48 GMT -5 by robeiae