NSA: Edward Snowden says the U.S. intelligence targeted journalists after 9/11.
The already famous “whistleblower” Edward Snowden said in a new interview that the NSA (National Security Agency / in terms of personnel and budget the certainly largest U.S. intelligence organizations) has especially targeted journalists and reports who wrote a bit or even more critically about the U.S. administration in Washington in terms of the still not completely clarified September 11, 2011 (9/11) attacks in the United States.
The alleged whistleblower Edward Snowden also warned in this interview that it has been “unforgivably reckless” for the reporters and journalists, who wrote about the September 11, 2011 attacks in the United States and published their critically articles, to use unencrypted email services and tools when discussing such sensitive matters.
The “whistleblower” Edward Snowden, who has revealed information about NSA programs such as XKeyscore and PRISM, has been interviewed by the known New York Times Magazine. In this interview, Snowden made the above mentioned comments and also said that the started to trust the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras.
The documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras then helped him report about his disclosure of the espionage and spying programs of the NSA (National Security Agency) together with reporters from the Guardian. Especially with the Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald because the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras was then herself been targeted by the spy agency NSA and was no more able to do much in terms of Edward Snowden and the important and interesting information about the spying programs and espionage of the NSA, which the spying agency also used in order to monitor and observe several (or even a lot) U.S. citizens without crimes in their registers.
In his interview with the New York Times (NYT) Magazine, the alleged important whistleblower Edward Snowden, who has been praised by the American director Oliver Stone, said that the documentary filmmaker Poitras and the Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald were among the few fearlessly reporters and journalists who have reported on controversial topics throughout this period, even “in the face of withering personal criticism” and even when the filmmaker became herself also a target by the NSA programs mentioned in the recent disclosures.
Edward Snowden said the following in terms of the documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and Guardian reporter Greenwald:
“Laura and [Guardian reporter] Glenn [Greenwald] are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, and resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures.”
According to the interview and statements by Edward Snowden, the NSA has started to track the emails of Laura Poitras. Snowden also warned journalists and reporters that they could be under surveillance by the NSA or other spying agencies.
Snowden continued in his interview with the New York Times Magazine:
“I was surprised to realize that there were people in news organizations who didn’t recognize any unencrypted message sent over the Internet is being delivered to every intelligence service in the world. In the wake of this year’s disclosures, it should be clear that unencrypted journalist-source communication is unforgivably reckless.”
The “famous whistleblower” Edward Snowden finished his interview in the New York Times Magazine with the statement that many of the American news outlets have abdicated their role as a check to power because the editorial offices and journalists feared of being seen as very unpatriotic. They also feared to be punished in or by the market during this period of heightened nationalism, according to the statements of Edward Snowden.
Snowden exactly finished his interview with these words:
“After 9/11, many of the most important news outlets in American abdicated their role as a check to power – the journalistic responsibility to challenge the excesses of government – for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism.”