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ProPublica joins NSA reporting collaboration with The Guardian and NY Times

ProPublica joins NSA reporting collaboration with The Guardian and NY Times

The Guardian has added another partner to its reporting collaboration on the NSA files leaked by Edward Snowden.  Investigative reporting outfit ProPublica confirmed that it has been quietly working with The Guardian on a story on the subject and has recently joined with the New York Times as well.

From Buzzfeed:

The non-profit investigative reporting group ProPublica is among the media organizations with access to some NSA documents leaked by Edward Snowden, another suggestion that the reportorial investigation into the National Security Agency’s programs and practices is broader than previously known.

ProPublica, a source familiar with the situation said, is doing the lead reporting on one piece of the collaboration with the Guardian — which was the first to print Snowden’s revelations — and the New York Times, which BuzzFeed reported Friday had been brought in to work on one portion of the documents, which relate in some way to the NSA’s connections to its British counterpart.

ProPublica’s president, Richard Tofel, confirmed the collaboration in an email, and suggested the group has quietly been in the mix for some time:

“While we do not usually comment on stories before they are published, in light of what’s already appeared on this subject, we can confirm that we have for some time been working with the Guardian, and more recently also the New York Times, on a story based on documents provided by Mr. Snowden,” he said.

Buzzfeed notes that “sources declined to detail the exact publishing arrangement between the Guardian, the Times, and ProPublica.”

ProPublica’s headquarters are in New York, and the outlet’s focus has been on labor intensive investigative pieces since it first began publishing stories in 2008.  It was founded by former Wall Street Journal managing editor Paul Steiger. It is currently run by Stephen Engelberg, a former managing editor of The Oregonian and former investigative editor of The New York Times, and Richard Tofel, former assistant publisher of The Wall Street Journal.

Citing increased pressure from the UK government, The Guardian announced on Friday that it had struck a partnership with the New York Times to report on files leaked by Snowden pertaining to the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

The addition of the NY Times as a US partner came on the heels of recent incidents involving The Guardian in the UK, including the detention of Glenn Greenwald’s partner David Miranda, and the revelation that the UK government oversaw the destruction of the outlet’s hard drives containing Snowden’s documents.

The Independent published an article Friday in which it revealed the existence of a UK internet monitoring station in the Middle East as part of the government’s counter-terrorism surveillance operations.  While the article did not cite Snowden as a source, it indicated that the information was contained in Snowden’s leaked NSA documents, prompting criticism and suspicion from Snowden and Greenwald that the UK government itself leaked the information to The Independent.  That publication has caused many to wonder just how many outlets have access to Snowden’s materials, and whether or not the cache may have fallen outside the NSA leaker’s control.



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Perhaps you should read up on what ProPublica is all about. Your article reads like a plug for “progressive” news.

From Fox News:

The investigative reporting start-up ProPublica is a prime example. ProPublica, which recently won its second Pulitzer Prize, initially was given millions of dollars from the Sandler Foundation to “strengthen the progressive infrastructure” – “progressive” being the code word for very liberal. In 2010, it also received a two-year contribution of $125,000 each year from the Open Society Foundations. In case you wonder where that money comes from, the OSF [Chairman and Founder is George Soros]. It is a network of more than 30 international foundations, mostly funded by Soros, who has contributed more than $8 billion to those efforts.

The ProPublica stories are thoroughly researched by top-notch staffers who used to work at some of the biggest news outlets in the nation. But the topics are almost laughably left-wing. The site’s proud list of “Our Investigations” includes attacks on oil companies, gas companies, the health care industry, for-profit schools and more. More than 100 stories on the latest lefty cause: opposition to drilling for natural gas by hydraulic fracking. Another 100 on the evils of the foreclosure industry.

Throw in a couple investigations making the military look bad and another about prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and you have almost the perfect journalism fantasy – a huge budget, lots of major media partners and a liberal agenda unconstrained by advertising.

If journalists were more up front, they would have to admit numerous uncomfortable connections with groups that push a liberal agenda, many of them funded by the stridently liberal George Soros. So don’t expect that transparency any time soon.

First a note: I’m not that paranoid over the NSA kerfuffle. More oversight and openness, along with follow up on disciplinary actions for infractions, would satisfy me just fine. Foreign nations have access to the same information. IMO it would be a huge mistake to completely eliminate our own spy agencies from the ability to do the same when necessary. Defining necessary is at issue.
Now, let’s deal with the claim by both Snowden and Greenwald that, since Snowden nor his minions gave the Independent the information, the only other option is that the government of the UK gave the writers the information in order to discredit Snowden.
One of the writers of the Independent article is Duncan Campbell. This Duncan Campbell: Tweeted a link to the article and continues to have a link to the Tweet and the article in the Independent on his website:
Yes, one of the authors of the Independent article that Greenwald and Snowden claim the sources for could only be GQHQ is THAT Duncan Campbell. The one who was revealing state spying while Greenwald and Snowden were still in their nappies. Rather funny, no?

Ah, yes, David Cameron is a computer illiterate! This is also true for many households, where, when something goes wrong with your computer you call in your children.

Ed Snowden did not go to college. Instead, after graduating from high school, and it was post 9/11, Ed Snowden volunteered to go to Irak. He joined our miltary. It is only after he saw how poorly things were run. Especially, around computers. When he left the military he began working for Dell. And, you might say he got “on-the-job” training.

But our kids can break computers open. They can work with Linux, to basically run their own softwear to run programs. The are familiar with the Net. And, how easy it is, if you’re not a computer illiterate, to fix things within a computer by going to electronic files.

Ed Snowden also became well versed in encryption, something of a mathematical “side line” at top universities, since WW2.

Using 4 laptops, once he decided others had to see how we had been co-opted by computers … who can “sector” … or travel through many mega data bases … can get a snapshot of any indivual they want.

There’s a current case against an ex-CIA agent, named Sterling. And, the NYTimes wants the article’ writer James Restin, to testify in the criminal trial against Sterling. Where the information came from the phone records Verizon turned over to investigators.

The 4th Circuit found that the journalist, James Reastin (sp?) must testify in the criminal case; thereby removing Free Speech from journalism.

I didn’t think Glenn Greenwald would carry all ov the reporting on his back. But since he graduated NYU-Law, in 1994. And, practiced Constitutional Law … the team he will put together are pros. They don’t need to hire “junior” computer programers to help them with the basics of encryption.

And, unlike paper files … Snowden’s files are not something that gets turned over to the creeps who want to destroy freedoms.

Some day john roberts name will join taney’s in being the worst man selected to surve on the supreme court bench.

Shame judgeships got sold to political incompetents. And, perhaps, even more amusing, Harvard gave obama a credential on Constitutional Law. Probably never had to even show up for one class!

The truth is in the best of hands.

The UK is full of none too bright ministers … who spend their time posing for cameras … But have very little knowledge on any subject. And, to save money, that’s the area where they hire coolies.