Russia!Russia!Russia! is destroying The Intercept
The Intercept was founded several years ago as a bastion of “confrontational journalism” by a distinguished group of contributing editors, including Democracy Now! veteran reporter Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald. It sprang directly out of the work of Greenwald, a lawyer, who helped Edward Snowden survive to publish his groundbreaking 2013 and 2014 exposes of NSA domestic wiretapping.
With private funding from eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar, at its launch in February 2014, The Intercept promised to revive investigative journalism, nearly dead after decades of neglect and abuse by consolidated corporate media.
Now, four years later, one can only hope that Glenn & Jeremy find a way to distance themselves for some of the others at The Intercept. The Intercept appears to have been turned into a vehicle to take down Wikileaks.
Immediately after a Justice of the High Court in London refused on Tuesday to lift an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, The Intercept published a controversial story that adds fuel to the cooling Russiagate fire.
Under the by-lines of two relatively obscure contributors, Micah Lee and Cora Currier, appeared, “In Leaked Chats, WikiLeaks Discusses Preference for GOP Over Clinton, Russia, Trolling, and Feminists They Don’t Like” https://theintercept.com/2018/02/14/julian-assange-wikileaks-election-clinton-trump/
That story by Lee and Currier alleges to be based upon Twitter direct messages from Assange to a private group of Wikileaks supporters, including a 2015 message explaining why he thought it might be better if Clinton and the Democrats were to lose the election.
Does this signal that Greenwald and Scahill now believe Assange helped Putin spoil President Hillary’s destiny? No. I have the feeling, though, that like many others, they may be undecided or ambivalent about much of the Russiagate evidence.
Some of the reoccurring Russia!Russia!Russia! narrative at Intercept is clearly fraudulent. Like much of the Steele Dossier, the Russiagate narrative is either the product of entrapment by agents provocateur or sources in the intelligence agencies who are spinning what they think they know. Like most of the media, the Intercept has been printing both unquestioningly as the truth. An example of the latter is the Intercept’s publication last June of scanned materials provided by Reality Winner, an NSA contractor, who was arrested an hour after The Intercept published. The authors had (mistakenly, they said afterwards) showed a government contractor an unredacted copy of what turned out to be marked government documents, alerting the NSA to the identity of the leaker. https://theintercept.com/2017/06/05/top-secret-nsa-report-details-russian-hacking-effort-days-before-2016-election/
Ms. Winner leaked the incriminating documents because she was outraged by the contents which described Russian intelligence operations that were datamining US voter registration records. What she did not seem to understand — and the Intercept’s editors did not bother to provide this context — is that Russian military intelligence (the GRU) routinely hacks into the databases of US political institutions just as the NSA and CIA harvest the databases of Russian political parties and quasi-governmental agencies. Both do it for exactly the same reasons, and it’s routine.
Wikileaks revealed that the CIA did exactly the same thing during the 2012 French elections. https://wikileaks.org/cia-france-elections-2012/ Without that context, the article published by the Intercept seems much more alarming than it really is. It is actually pretty routine stuff for state intelligence agencies – but, propaganda journalists don’t inform their readers about such inconvenient facts that might disrupt their narrative.
Meanwhile, like all disinformation, there is some truth to it. Similarly, there is plenty of reason to assume that Trump is all mobbed up, corrupt as hell, and has been for two generations.
The problem with the Intercept’s Computer Guru, Micah Lee, in particular, is that he’s technically sophisticated but fundamentally naive about international relations and how all intelligence agencies act. He expresses outrage because Assange seems to grasp that Russia sees western destabilization efforts as a threat. Here’s Lee’s take on what Julien Assange communicated about Russia:
Micah LeeVerified account @micahflee Feb 14
The Intercept has obtained DMs from a private Twitter group with @WikiLeaks and its most loyal supporters. It includes:
– A desire for GOP to win the 2016 election
– Rampant misogyny, sexist attacks on feminists
— Micah Lee (@micahflee) February 14, 2018
At one point, Assange went into detail about its thoughts on Russia. Russia is “absolutely terrified”; “US hacks the hell out of it.” WikiLeaks thinks Kremlin is “deeply paranoid” of foreign NGOs and “invading ‘western’ cultural practices, like gays and the internet”
In the minds of many, hacking becomes proof of a Russian plot to change the results of the 2016 election, and that Assange was acting as a Russian agent. The Intercept articles seem designed to add to that impression.
Of course the DNC was hacked, but we really don’t have enough information to know if the Russian government was the source of the Wikileaks material that exposed collusion between the DNC, HRC Campaign and Podesta. The DNC was cover for Ukranian regime change operators such as Alexandra Chalupa, and it only makes sense that the GRU and SVR were surveiling DNC communications. The CIA/NSA hacks and spies inside Russian political party headquarters and all manner of databases, too – might as well call overhead satellite surveillance an “act of war.” It isn’t. Surveillance, hacking and data-mining of important political organizations, civilian and military, is just how all state intelligence agencies operate.
There’s a lot of co-mingling of things — normal and nasty — going on here by people like Lee that feed the narrative, either by ignorance or avarice, or both. Someone of Glenn or Jeremy’s stature needs to cut through the intentional comingling and spin and tell it straight, revealing how the HRC and Democratic pols pushing Russia!Russia!Russia! have exploited old McCarthyite tactics, coopting “progressive” media to spread Cold War divisions and have created chaos and fear for partisan reasons.PDiddie, h-32, 99thMonkey and 48 othersdreamnightwind, Pastiche, Betty Karlson, Coincidence, Xyzse, avaistheone1, Odd John, mrdmk, twenty, 3FingerBrown, Beebee, ozoneman, canoeist52, LiberalElite, Oilwellian, ZimInSeattle, Ohio Barbarian, Pam, iggy, Marym625, Peace Patriot, Bernblu, joentokyo, Two way street, glinda, Colors of the Rainbow, Baba OhReally, Koko, Lorien, xynthee, Tuesday, Gryneos, MistaP, Shlabotnik, Babel 17, Utopian Leftist, OCMI, Coyote Walks, davidthegnome, HomerRamone, ThinkingANew, Land of Enchantment, LaaDeeDaaVA, Cassiopeia, Rozinante, 99Forever, bemildred, duckpin like this
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