The Greenwald/Snowden Book Hullabaloo (Snowden/GQ, JYA/Greenwald book, Greenwald/Guardian, Greenwald/GQ)

Snowden’s assessment of Glenn Greenwald. Some interesting stuff here. Snowden even uses alliteration almost as much as I do.

JYA continues turning paranoia into art with his Amazon review of the Greenwald book.

“Buy it, read it non-stop, then heave your computer, cellphone, refrigerator and every other electronic device into the dumpster. Rest cowed and aroused in the dark, passionately ignorant, solipsistic, with a dimming flashlight handy to between-the-lines study No Place to Hide from yourself, your family, your neighbors, your government, the publishers profiling your private dreams siphoned by downloading the Amazon bait.”

Yeah, so anyway, there’s this book coming out today… in case you’ve missed the massive media maelstrom Greenwald masterfully marshalled together for the launch.

(Someone’s gonna be raking in the dough from this one for a long time to come. Good on him — the best way to change the world is to find a way to make a profit doing it. Here’s to Snowden 2.0 getting a much warmer reception from the money-hungry world media.)

In the process Greenwald did an interview with his erstwhile home, sitting down with a Guardian reporter in Rio.[1] As usual, it’s better for understanding the personalities than it is for gaining new hard facts, but c’est la vie. At the very least this here’s organic bread and the circus is well-performed.

But look at me — I’m starting to sound like John Young. I did notice a few interesting things in the interview. Some of you may see more in these quotes than others do:

“[Greenwald] insists he has never had animosity towards Britain. “But the more I’ve learned, the more troubling it has become.””

“Here was Greenwald being offered one of the biggest national-security leaks in US history, and for months he did nothing about it. “There must have been some surveillance or journalism god watching over me,” he says, “because I did everything I could to blow it.””

“What would victory, an endgame, look like to Glenn Greenwald?

“The inability of any one country to exert hegemony over the internet, as the US does now,” he says. “But the bigger picture for me will be getting people to think about these issues in a different way. And not just surveillance and privacy. Myth and reality, propaganda, the role of journalism – these are questions that are being debated in a much more significant way. The change in public consciousness – that’s going to be the biggest victory.”

The GQ interview [2] mentions a little more. Snowden originally called himself Cincinnatus in his contacts with Poitras/Greenwald. The Snowden documents number an “estimated tens of thousands.”

Plus, Snowden’s morality:

“In Hong Kong, Snowden told me that at the heart of most video games is an ordinary individual who sees some serious injustice, right? […] And it’s all about figuring out ways to empower yourself as an ordinary person, to take on powerful forces in a way that allows you to undermine them in pursuit of some public good.”

The big stories will be done in about three months —

“I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014].[…]

Afterwards, there’ll be more to release—I made a promise to Snowden that we’d get as much of the archive out as possible—but I think the big media splashes will probably be over.”

Snowden is indeed a professional.

“he had multiple plans, Plan A, Plan B, Plan C, Plan D, Plan E, Plan F contingencies, because he was determined this story was going to get reported no matter what happened, no matter how extreme people got, no matter how unanticipated the events were—that there was no stopping the information from getting out. And I mean, that’s still true. Like, he still has plans for that.”

Worth quoting.

“It’s one thing to think about the possibility of doing it. But there’s usually something in your brain that tells you that that’s way too big, you’re going to get caught, or it’s not actually going to change anything. But to disregard that voice and say: “I believe that actually even I, Edward Snowden, who’s 29 and who grew up poor and who has no family connections and no power and is totally ordinary, that I actually can do something on this scale that can create this worldwide earthquake.””

Also worth quoting. This insight is key to understanding a LOT of how people act…

“I think they’ve essentially become this mouthpiece for those in power, perhaps not consciously. When I make this critique, people at The New York Times are offended, because they actually don’t believe that it’s happening. And they’re not lying. It’s a more subtle dynamic than the government marching in and issuing memos to the Times about what they should and shouldn’t publish.”

Greenwald’s religious/spiritual views.

“I do believe in the spiritual and mystical part of the world. Like, obviously yoga is like a bridge into that, like a window into it. I think other things are as well.”



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