So I am very grateful that Greenwald has stopped with the snarking and stonewalling in regard to my complaints about the Guardian and left this thoughtful, detailed reply. As far as I am concerned, it only settles the matter of who owns the paternalistic, elitist leaking methodology I have been objecting to. So, yeah, I guess my beef is with Snowden too, and therefore it was wrong to allege that Greenwald uses him as a shield from criticism. Apart from that I don’t concede much.
To me, that Greenwald’s boss, Alan Rusbridger, sat on a story of gross state power abuse for two months, and then finally told it in weirdly trivializing terms in a blog post rather than his paper’s front page, is a very loud argument against the Guardian’s monopoly and the only one needed. I find it grimly amusing and very revealing that all the savvy knowing knowers lately visiting these pages obviously couldn’t care less.
I promise to consider these matters in greater depth alongside consideration of other Guardian personnel, probably tomorrow. However, I have just heard the news about Chelsea Manning’s recent announcement and in light of this and her recent sentencing I would rather encourage my readers to think on her today.
Happily this is not at all at odds with our interest in Snowden, The Guardian and leaking, since Chelsea Manning is the embodiment of the more radical approach, and also the ostensibly bad example the drip drip theorists from Snowden on down keep citing in their largely fact- and argument-free, authority/personality-cultish, and US-news-cycle-fetishing assertions.
So in honor of Manning’s incredible, radical courage and pursuant to a serious, INFORMED discussion of who, if anyone, should own the state’s secrets and why, I am offering the following resources for consideration of her impact on the world. I got these links in the midst of researching these Fuck The Guardian posts when I asked some Twitter pals for help on sussing out the impact of Cablegate. Much gratitude to @nathanlfuller, @x7o and @firetomfriedman for the result.
By the way, people wanting to write Chelsea Manning can do so via this address. Per her recent statement, mail to the confinement facility has to be addressed using her old name:
Bradley E. Manning
1300 N. Warehouse Road
Fort Leavenworth Kansas 66027-2304