The difference between Edward Snowden and government

“It’s ironic that officials are giving classified information to journalists in an effort to discredit me for giving classified information to journalists.

The difference is that I did so to inform the public about the government’s actions, and they’re doing so to misinform the public about mine.”

                          — Edward Snowden

Hat tip: Michael Nystrom, Daily Paul, via: How Edward Snowden Used Low Cost Software to Download All That Data

Glenn Greenwald Keynote Speech, Hamburg

Says Boing Boing:

Yesterday in Hamburg, Glenn Greenwald gave an astounding, must-watch keynote address to the gathered hackers at the 30th Chaos Communications Congress, or 30C3 (Greenwald starts at 4:36). Greenwald excoriated the press for failing to hold the world’s leaders to account, describing what he did with the Snowden leaks as challenge to the journalistic status quo as well as the political status quo. This is a leaping-off point for an extended riff on the active cooperation between the press and the national security apparatus, an arrangement calculated to give the appearance of oversight on surveillance activities without any such oversight (for example, BBC reporter expressed shock when he said that the role of the press should be to root out lies from senior spies, saying that generals and senior officials would ever lie to the public).