The Snowden hit piece author ironically explains why we need Snowden


CNN aired an interview with the Sunday Times' correspondent Tom Harper about his journalism-free Edward Snowden hit piece (behind a paywall - here's the full text) from yesterday:

It's embarrassing, really. Over and over, he simply confirms that his article was nothing but a propaganda piece from the British government marketed as news. Anonymous sources of the type he cites often serve as mouthpieces of the state interest with the guise of true journalism. Over and over, Harper excuses his lack of any questioning of the official storyline. But the part most intriguing to me is at the end. Harper says:

Obviously, when you're dealing with intelligence, it's the toughest nut to crack, and unless you actually have leaked intelligence documents like Snowden had, it's very difficult to say anything with certainty.

In other words, the only way that any real journalism about the security state can take place is with leakers like Snowden- which is exactly why Snowden isn't a traitor but a hero in the public interest, and exactly why "journalists" like Harper who simply serve as a ghost writer for the government, and why publications like the Sunday Times that put hollow and obvious hit pieces like this on their front page, cannot possibly be sufficient to ensure public accountability necessary for a free state.

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