Washington Post Calls for the NSA Leaks Published in Its Own Pages To Be Stopped

HeadscratcherPublic DomainWas it really less than a month ago that the Washington Post joined The Guardian in publishing Edward Snowden's revelations about NSA spying on the American public and the world at large? Why, yes. Yes it was. In fact, the Post updated and expanded its revelations just this past weekend, with the slides illustrating the Prism data-collection program updated June 29. But, from the land of cognitive dissonance, the Washington Post editorial board says these NSA leaks must stop!

In an editorial dated yesterday, the Washington Post editorial board wrote:

THE COSTS of the Edward Snowden affair continue to mount for the Obama administration — though so far the visible damage is primarily political, rather than national security-related. On Monday, President Obama and Secretary of State John F. Kerry struggled to respond to new allegations, leaked by Mr. Snowden to the German magazine Der Spiegel, that the National Security Agency (NSA) has bugged European Union offices in Washington and New York. If true — and Mr. Obama did not offer a denial — the revelation could complicate the incipient U.S.-E.U. free-trade talks and further sour Europeans’ once-soaring regard for Mr. Obama. Governments and their intelligence services, aware that allies often spy on each other, may be less perturbed. ...

In fact, the first U.S. priority should be to prevent Mr. Snowden from leaking information that harms efforts to fight terrorism and conduct legitimate intelligence operations. Documents published so far by news organizations have shed useful light on some NSA programs and raised questions that deserve debate, such as whether a government agency should build a database of Americans’ phone records. But Mr. Snowden is reported to have stolen many more documents, encrypted copies of which may have been given to allies such as the WikiLeaks organization.

Do the members of the editorial board not read their own newspaper? Or is this jealousy now that the Post is no longer a favored conduit for the whistleblower's leaks? Either way, it's ... bizarre.

H/T Jack Shafer

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  • Rich||

    the Washington Post editorial board says these NSA leaks must stop!

    No way, J.D. You're Putin us on!

  • ||

    Either way, it's ... bizarre.

    No it's not. Not even remotely. We're talking about journalists here. The vast majority of whom are either partisan lickspittle scum or completely lazy hacks who aren't even intelligent enough to become a janitor. They know nothing other than TEAM and asskissing or phoning it in.

    I really cannot see how this surprises you, JD.

  • Jon Lester||

    I'm a frequent thorn in the side of the Augusta Chronicle's editorial staff. Though they're Team Red, they, too, seem more than a bit detached from any actual reporting done by their own staff.

  • RBS||

    Do the members of the editorial board not read their own newspaper? Or is this jealousy now that the Post is no longer a favored conduit for the whistleblower's leaks?

    Let's see...

    THE COSTS of the Edward Snowden affair continue to mount for the Obama administration

    And there you have it.

  • ||

    Who gives a shit about all this national security and spying crap?

    ASK TEH TUFF QUESTIONS, TUCCILLE. WHAT IS SNOWDEN'S POSITION ON GAY MARRIAGE???

  • RBS||

    His position is that which irritates John the most.

  • jdtuccille||

    I think he's already taken, Gojira. But there are other fish in the sea. Better luck ...

  • ||

    JJ already has me, JD. And that wasn't good luck for him at all.

  • Anonymous Coward||

    For those of you who don't remember Edward Snowden's girlfriend, here's a helpful reminder

    And another.

    This man has obviously made sacrifices for the good of us all.

  • wwhorton||

    Careful, she's from Baltimore. If that doesn't mean anything to you, replace "Baltimore" with "an insane asylum for hipsters with venereal diseases" and it'll come out about the same.

  • ||

    I think he's already taken

    I was hoping to get him as a Russian mail-order spouse.

  • ||

    Wait, is J.D. the Englishman? I just finished reading Anno Dracula and now everybody in my head whom I do not know personally has some sort of Cockney accent when I imagine them speaking.

  • RBS||

    No, that's Feeney.

  • jdtuccille||

    I do a pretty good Chico Marx-style fake Italian accent, but that might ruin the effect.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    Getta you tutsi fruitsi?

  • Rights-Minimalist Autocrat||

    Dat-ah Snowden, he stole-a da secret code and two pair a plans.

  • Rich||

  • BakedPenguin||

    Well by all means, let's give her immediate parole.

  • Brett L||

    Maybe not the best place to express that particular sentiment, even though probably true. I can see how having to take 8 people with you everywhere you go, even though they cater to your every whim as confining. Probably the most honest thing expressed on the whole African trip.

  • Rich||

  • Brett L||

    I already posted this in the MLs!!!

    Just kidding. Its so fucking cool and creepy we should put it in all the comments threads.

  • Brett L||

    Canavero says in his paper that some chemicals – such as polyethylene glycol, or PEG – can then be used to immediately fuse the spinal cords.

    Unless it is used in e-cigarettes, in which case PEG is considered toxic!

  • Tonio||

    I think that's propylene glycol in the ecigs, Brett.

  • datcv||

    Creeped out. I'm in support of the science of course, but yeah. REALLY creepy.

  • Hugh Akston||

    The photo that they published with the editorial might lend a clue.

  • Dave Krueger||

    The WaPo is having second thoughts probably because the NSA combed through their surveillance database and found some dirt on them and is now blackmailing them.

  • Killazontherun||

    If they want more information for their stories than what is provided in daily press releases they have to be on good terms with senior members of government, or the alternative, have a crack staff of investigative reporters and that has proven to be a hazardous occupation of late. All the administration needs to do to shut them up is to deny them access to their people.

  • Killazontherun||

    government, or, the alternative,

  • Anonymous Coward||

    THE COSTS of the Edward Snowden affair continue to mount for the Obama administration — though so far the visible damage is primarily political, rather than national security-related.

    This is the real problem. Edward Snowden has dared to embarrass Barry, to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

  • AlexInCT||

    Yup, the stooges are now against the leaks they were for just a few weeks ago, because it has caused butt-hurt to their emperor and their cause. So now, the problem isn't abuse of power, but the fact someone hurt the Team. Can't have Obama's legacy tarnished, and the attempts to lay the blame at Bush's feet, even though he has been gone for 5 years now, have not worked.

  • Mike M.||

    Do the members of the editorial board not read their own newspaper? Or is this jealousy now that the Post is no longer a favored conduit for the whistleblower's leaks?

    Neither, they're upset that their lightbringer Obamessiah is being made to look bad. It's in the very first sentence of the quoted editorial! Why, much more of this and he might endanger Hillary's chances of getting elected, the way her "husband's" personal peccadilloes kept Al Gore out of the White House.

    Does anyone honestly believe all this hand-wringing would be going on if George Bush or Richard Nixon was the president? Give me a break.

  • ||

    Does anyone honestly believe all this hand-wringing would be going on if George Bush or Richard Nixon was the president?

    I do, except it would be on radio and Fox instead of in mainstream print vehicles.

  • RBS||

    except it would be on radio

    AM radio?

  • ||

    Is there any other kind? Amirite? *nudges you in the ribs with my elbow*

  • AlexInCT||

    No way dude. A Team red prez would have been forced to resign by now.

  • Swiss Servator - past LTC(ret)||

    No, no! I agree with the editorial staff - they should order their news page folks to report to the DoJ for prosecution, STAT!

  • Loki||

    THE COSTS of the Edward Snowden affair continue to mount for the Obama administration — though so far the visible damage is primarily political

    Let me translate this from media Obama fluffer to plain English: "These leaks are making our Dear Leader, his Excellency the God King Obama The Chosen One look bad. They have to be stopped!"

    I suspect the only reason they published them at all is so that in a couple of years they can say "See? We critisized Obama! We're totally unbiased/ non-partisan, so you low information voters can totally trust us when we tell you that Hillary would be the most awesomeset president ever, and that Rand Paul uses illegal child labor to work his secret underground sugar mines, sacrifices virgins in black masses every weekend, and intends to force every woman in the country into rape camps to breed the next generation of workers for the aforementioned sugar mines."

  • Seamus||

    Is this the same paper that went to court for the right to publish the Pentagon Papers?

  • mad libertarian guy||

    THE COSTS of the Edward Snowden affair continue to mount for the Obama administration

    This is all you need to know.

    They've been carrying Obama's water for this long, they're not going to stop now.

  • wwhorton||

    I think there's a schism within the Post's staff, honestly. No surprise to anyone, the Post is pretty firmly behind Team Blue. The Post is also married to Obama. So when Obama's administration got caught spying on reporters, it kind of asploded the collective head of the Post's staff.

    At one point you had a column by Dana Milbank talking about how much of a badass Edward Snowden is for whistleblowing on the NSA right above a Jennifer Rubin screed about how he should be drawn and quartered as a traitor. The very idea that the first black president, and a Democrat at that, oversaw domestic espionage against the American press (the AP, for chrissakes!) was like finding out that a.) there's no Santa Claus, because b.) your dad killed him. It annihilated the ideological foundation of the Post's editorial board, and everyone went running in different directions.

    Once Snowden started talking about foreign espionage, the Post got on safe ground again. Now they can get back on board with the administration. Milbank even had the balls to argue that, if Snowden really wanted to open up a discussion in the US, he ought to return for a trial so that the facts could live out in the open. He apparently missed the fact that the discussion's already begun, and also totally ignored how much people AREN'T talking about Bradley Manning, aside from the periodic traffic jams around Fort Meade during protests.

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