While box office receipts for Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic may prove me wrong, Greenwald and Snowden no longer matter, however hard they try. By my reckoning, the only people who are still interested is a smattering of careerists and spooks in the emerging privacy industry; the cargo cult of dipshits that never tire of hearing the same story over and over again, framed each time as a “scoop”; and a gaggle of ostensible detractors who continue to beat the drum about releasing more of these dull, unsurprising, and old documents to more people.
Bullshit calls on this nonsense are doomed to become as repetitive and pointless as the scoops themselves. To the extent that they legitimize the leaks via demands for more of them, they’re downright idiotic, and maybe even a little pernicious. I admit there was a time when I took the bait and demanded more leaks, but as I so often do when I read old blog posts, I marvel at my lack of skepticism and my faith in the disruptive power of information. This shit is phony baloney from tip to tail, either by design or by way of its managers.
For the fans that expect me to weigh in, this is the best I can do almost a full three years since Snowden came on the scene: Greenwald announced blah blah blah, which contradicts his previous claim that blah blah blah. Meanwhile, The Intercept is redacting blah blah blah, and consulting with the NSA on blah blah blah. True to form, The Intercept has cherry-picked empire-friendly blah blah blah. Blah blah compliance as defiance blah blah blah.
While I erred on the quality of the leaks, I otherwise had this thing’s number three years’ ago, almost from day one, when I called out Snowden for the not-Manning schtick that showed his hand. If you’re still taking any of this shit at face value, God help you. Short of a comprehensive analysis of the whole show, or a rundown of how right all the early detractors got everything, it’s not even interesting as a limited hangout anymore. But feel free to mine my archives if you still care. I also recommend my buddy Lorenzo’s excellent post on the “diminishing returns of info-spectacles.” They’re far more interesting than anything in The Intercept’s stupid, done-to-death trove.