Saturday, August 24, 2013

Juicy, Oblivious Irony

The continued exposure of the US Security State and the blatant Constitutional subversion as revealed by Snowden and Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald highlights not only the abuses explicitly exposed, but also the hypocrisy of Official Washington from mainstream 'journalists' to the Obama administration.

One facet of that hypocrisy smacked me in the face this morning while reading a Yahoo news article when I read this passage [emphasis added]:
The government's forensic investigation is wrestling with Snowden's apparent ability to defeat safeguards established to monitor and deter people looking at information without proper permission, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the sensitive developments publicly.
Two obvious points - 1) the administration simultaneously abhors leaks and will pursues the source and ruin their lives for exposing illegal activity, and yet is itself the source of unauthorized leaks of 'sensitive developments'.   Does anyone expect that the administration will pursue legal action against this anonymous official?  Of course not.  Because, as Glenn Greenwald has said many times:
The US government itself has constantly used this tactic: aggressively targeting those who disclose embarrassing or incriminating information about the government in the name of protecting the sanctity of classified information, while simultaneously leaking classified information prolifically when doing so advances their political interests.
So it comes down to this - the legality of the leaks or the crimes they are exposing is irrelevant; all that matters is the extent to which the leak furthers their political interests.

Obvious point #2 - Apparently they government hypocrisy was completely lost on the AP reporters that filed the Yahoo piece, Adam Goldman and Kimberly Dozier.  Epic fail.  Or... perhaps more likely, they realized this contradiction, but being Responsible Journalists they didn't want to upset the administration lest they lose their anonymous official source.  As long as they keep getting fed 'newsworthy' information from the administration, they're happy to not point out the obvious hypocrisy of such unofficial official leaks.
 

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