Shorter Question Everything
So what does that make Greenwald?
• Snowden took Booz Allen job AFTER contacting Greenwald. For a while now some of us have noticed that Edward Snowden took his job at Booz Allen after he contacted Glenn Greenwald to discuss leaking information about the NSA. Greenwald has always dismissed questions about this because he says Snowden worked on contract with the NSA in previous positions. That was never the point. The question has always been, why would he decide to leak and THEN take the job at Booz Allen? We now have every reason to question Glenn Greenwald’s role in all this. Did he know about or in any way influence Snowden’s decision to take the job specifically for the purpose of leaking? If so, he’s implicated in a criminal conspiracy. I’m not one that thinks these kinds of questions should necessarily require a court of law to be answered. Greenwald wants to claim the mantle of “journalist.” Its time he came clean.
• Snowden plans more leaks about US spying abroad, will let foreign press decide if leaks endanger Americans. Snowden also seems to be admitting that he did not make that determination, that it was safe to remove these documents from the NSA, before he removed those documents from the NSA. “I have to screen everything before releasing it to journalists.” Why does he have to screen it? At first, I thought it was to make sure the secrets weren’t too dangerous to be released publicly. But then Snowden continues: “If I have time to go through this information, I would like to make it available to journalists in each country to make their own assessment, independent of my bias, as to whether or not the knowledge of US network operations against their people should be published.” Note that Snowden is now admitting a few things. First, that that he plans on releasing the details of US intelligence efforts against far more countries. Who’s next? Exposing US efforts against Iran, against Cuba, against North Korea? Against Syria? Snowden appears to be suggesting that the delay in releasing more documents has not been because he’s worried about compromising US national security – but rather, that he wants to make sure the right documents get to the right countries, meaning the only delay is due to him having to go through the documents and make sure that country X gets country X’s documents, and country Y gets country Y’s. After he sorts through the documents, Edward Snowden says he will let journalists in those countries decide whether it’s safe and appropriate to print the classified documents he took from American intelligence, and whether the information he’s released poses a danger to our country.
• Snowden sought out Booz Allen job: While in China, Snowden reportedly gave an interview to the South China Morning Post where he claimed that the reason he accepted a position with defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton was so that he could have access to details about NSA surveillance programs. “My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he said, according to the article. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.” [link]
• Is Snowden still in Russia?: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday called on Russia to “do the right thing” and prevent professed NSA leaker Edward Snowden from fleeing Moscow and instead return him to the United States. “I’m not going to get in to the details of what I think is going on, but we hope that the Russians will do the right thing,” Kerry told NBC News in New Delhi, India. “We think it is very important in terms of our relationship. We think it is very important in terms of rule of law. There are important standards.”
• [Misdirection?] Pirate Party Norway: – Snowden Passed Through Norway to Iceland. Organization Pirate Party Norway claims that spy accused Edward Snowden would land at Oslo Gardermon airport last night. The party leader Øystein Jakobsen would meet with Snowden when he was supposed to land on Sunday evening, according to the party’s twitter account. – We have received information from our international umbrella party, the Pirate Parties International (PPI), that he will stop in Norway. The reason is that this is probably the quickest and easiest way to fly to Iceland, says Tale Østrådal from the Pirate Party to TV2 Norway. According to Oslo Gardermoen Airport websites, a flight from Moscow arrived in Oslo at 19.25 on Sunday evening. Bu the press officer of the airport did not give any information about the details. Also, police at the airport told TV 2 that they do not have any information about the case. Update: 25.06.2013 Co-Chairman of the Norwegian Pirate Party, Øystein Middelthun said to The Nordic Page that they never claimed Edward Snowden landed in Norway, but were informed that he had booked tickets from Moscow to Iceland via Norway. – We did not know whether he would use these tickets or not, but were present at the airport should he choose to do so. As events played out nothing indicates that he did come through Norway, and we are as much in the dark about his whereabouts as the rest of the world, added he.
• Russian intelligence officials expected to interrogate Edward Snowden. “Russian intelligence and counter-intelligence will have a lot to ask such a well-informed person. I have no doubt that this will be done,” a Russian special services veteran told the Interfax news agency on Sunday on condition of anonymity. “I am sure that Snowden will have had a busy evening and a sleepless night,” the source added of the American’s reported stayover Sunday night in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport after landing from Hong Kong. “Snowden presents a lot of interest for the FSB (security service). He can give information on technical aspects of intercepting data,” said Russian security expert and commentator for the Novaya Gazeta newspaper Pavel Felgenhauer. “A debriefing in the presence of technical specialists takes a lot of time,” Felgenhauer told AFP, suggesting that interviews with Russian secret services could take place in a third country.
• The Russian foreign minister, Sergey V. Lavrov, sharply chastised the United States on Tuesday for its demands regarding the fugitive American national security contractor Edward J. Snowden, and insisted that Mr. Snowden, who has been charged with disclosing intelligence secrets, “did not cross the Russian border,” despite reports that he landed here Sunday on a flight from Hong Kong. Mr. Lavrov’s assertion that Mr. Snowden had not crossed the Russian border would technically be true if he remained in the transit area of the airport, where he would not have needed a Russian visa and would not have been required to go through passport control. There is some disagreement about how long a transiting passenger could remain there, but some Russian news accounts have said there is no limit.
• House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) on Tuesday subpoenaed four State Department officials as part of his investigation into the administration’s response to the Benghazi mission attack.
• IRS “scandal” over: The Internal Revenue Service’s screening of groups seeking tax-exempt status was broader and lasted longer than has been previously disclosed, the new head of the agency said Monday. An internal IRS document obtained by The Associated Press said that besides “tea party,” lists used by screeners to pick groups for close examination also included the terms “Israel,” ”Progressive” and “Occupy.” The document said an investigation into why specific terms were included was still underway.
In other news
• Texas abortion bill sponsor doesn’t know what a rape kit is. Jodie Laubenberg thinks rape kits are the same thing as abortions, says they allow women to “get cleaned out”. As reported by Chris Tomlinson at the Associated Press, one such amendment would have called for an exemption to the ban in cases of rape and incest; state Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, felt such an exception was unnecessary because “in the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out,” she said, incorrectly comparing the procedure to collect physical evidence after a sexual assault to an abortion. “The woman had five months to make that decision, at this point we are looking at a baby that is very far along in its development.” Following the exchange, Laubenberg, who is also the bill’s sponsor and a member of the state’s public health committee, rejected all proposed changes to the measure. House Republicans then forced a vote. The measure passed 97-33.
• Lifelabs: Medical lab loses thousands of B.C. patient records. Hard drive went missing in January, containing ECG results and patient information. The personal information of about 16,000 patients of a medical lab service in Kamloops has gone missing, says the company’s president. LifeLabs president Sue Paish said Monday a computer was sent to their main office in Burnaby for servicing in January, but when it was returned, the hard drive was missing. The hard drive held the results of ECGs, or electrocardiograms, gathered at three local facilities between 2007 and 2013.