Yesterday, Pulitzer prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald let the news slip via Twitter that the long-awaited, new NSA story was to be published on The Intercept at midnight. This morning, much to the dismay of myself and many, many others it appears that the new website - already suspiciously devoid of material - has caved to government pressure tactics and has successfully delayed the story. According to a cryptic Tweet by Greenwald "After 3 months working on our story, USG today suddenly began making new last-minute claims which we intend to investigate before publishing". Gee, can any of those claims be based on trumped up charges that publication would play right into the hands of the magically appearing out of nowhere at the most convenient times for a new Middle Eastern war ISIS? This does not bode well for those really big "imminent" NSA releases that have been promised by Greenwald. Could a total retraction be far behind?
While I have been a skeptic to the allegations that the new First Look Media venture that lured Greenwald and others with the siren song of creating a new media venture that would offer a much needed alternative to the corrupt state-corporate US media that serve as protectors of the entrenched establishment was all just an attempt to eventually suppress the leaks of whistleblower Edward Snowden this only serves to bolster them. When you throw in with the billionaire wolves you will sooner or later being devoured and EBay founder Pierre Omidyar's agenda has already been found by some, such as journalist Chris Floyd to be suspect with links to both the Ukraine coup government as well as the new regime of new right-wing leader of India Narendra Modi. The problem is that at the end of the day all of these elite pigs stick together and Greenwald should have been far more skeptical of his associations.
It would have been a brilliant touch were the story of NSA surveillance of domestic political dissidents and well known figures were to have broken during the week of the orgy of flag-sucking excess that is the Fourth of July and Greenwald may have ill-advisedly tipped his hand during that interview with GQ "The Man Who Knows Too Much" when he alluded to fireworks:
I think we will end the big stories in about three months or so [June or July 2014]. I like to think of it as a fireworks show: You want to save your best for last. There’s a story that from the beginning I thought would be our biggest, and I’m saving that. The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicolored hues. This will be the finale, a big missing piece. Snowden knows about it and is excited about it.
For now at least the fireworks show has been postponed, with the incessant fear-mongering that has now overtaken the USA!, USA!, USA! over the new Islamic caliphate and Obama sending more American troops back into Iraq it is probably better than even money that it will be cancelled altogether in the interests of national security.
Greenwald should have stayed at The Guardian.