The big reason this matters is that he transferred a link, something all of us do every single day, and ended up being charged for it.
Jennifer Lynch, staff lawyer at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discusses the charges against Barrett Brown, a journalist who has been in jail for over a year on 12 counts related to identify theft after linking to “files [that] contained revelations about close and perhaps inappropriate ties between government security agencies and private contractors.”
If the revelations about the N.S.A. surveillance were broken by Time, CNN or The New York Times, executives there would already be building new shelves to hold all the Pulitzer Prizes and Peabodies they expected. Same with the 2010 WikiLeaks video of the Apache helicopter attack. Instead, the journalists and organizations who did that work find themselves under attack, not just from a government bent on keeping its secrets, but from friendly fire by fellow journalists. What are we thinking?
Should journalists be worried about laser listening devices? The UK government warned the Guardian that they might be at risk. BBC News takes a look at how laser listening devices work.
I worry a lot about the outsourcing of email at a news organization. We only have two layers of protection, right? One is technological and one is legal. So certainly our lawyers at a news organization are gonna fight to protect our emails. But, if they don’t fully control them technically, they can’t mount a very good argument. If Gmail is handling our emails, then we have to rely on them to mount our legal arguments. And that’s not a situation that news organizations have been in, in the past.
Julia Angwin, who covers computer security and privacy at The Wall Street Journal.
Laura and Glenn are among the few who reported fearlessly on controversial topics throughout this period, even in the face of withering personal criticism, [which] resulted in Laura specifically becoming targeted by the very programs involved in the recent disclosures. She had demonstrated the courage, personal experience and skill needed to handle what is probably the most dangerous assignment any journalist can be given — reporting on the secret misdeeds of the most powerful government in the world — making her an obvious choice.
In this long read from the New York Times Magazine, investigative reporter Peter Maas takes an in-depth look at Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald, who helped Snowden publicize the NSA leaks, highlighting their approach to publishing the material and the security issues they now face.