Snowden: US Media ‘Abdicated Role’ Of Government Watchdog After 9/11


snowdenEdward Snowden, the man who leaked details of top-secret U.S. government mass spying programs to the press says “after 9/11 attacks many of the most important news outlets in America abdicated their role as a check to power for fear of being seen as unpatriotic and punished in the market during a period of heightened nationalism.”

Snowden said in an interview released by The New York Times that he decided to reveal the details to documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald because they “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. She had demonstrated the courage, personal experience and skill needed to handle what is probably the most dangerous assignment any journalist can be given – reporting on the secret misdeeds of the most powerful government in the world – making her an obvious choice.”

He also said that he “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.”

Snowden added that with his disclosures “it should be clear that unencrypted journalist-source communication is unforgivably reckless.”

Read more at Press TV.

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