Skip to comments.Radical Activist Filmmaker Laura Poitras Shared Byline on WaPo NSA Story
Posted on 06/11/2013 5:59:29 PM PDT by Nachum
The coauthor of the Washington Posts bombshell story on the National Security Agencys PRISM surveillance program is a long-time activist filmmaker who has railed against U.S. counterterrorism policies put into place after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Filmmaker Laura Poitras, who shared the lead byline with former Post journalist Barton Gellman on the papers front-page NSA story, is not on the Posts staff and is not a print reporter. Poitras has criticized the illegal Guantanamo Bay detention facility, described enhanced interrogation techniques as legalized torture, and criticized the intelligence communitys surveillance methods in her films and public comments.
While traditional media outlets have previously covered stories broken by activists in alternative publications, the Posts NSA story is the most prominent example of an established paper giving a political activist an actual byline in its news section.
Gellman told the Washington Free Beacon that Poitras approached him in February to help her assess anonymous emails she was sent by the professed NSA leaker, Edward Snowden.
(Excerpt) Read more at freebeacon.com ...
I want to alert people, that because of these disclosures the past 8 weeks and this NSA traitorous activity against American citizens, that we are entering into a new battle. A battle that will unite certain previous opposed forces of Left and Right, because there is nothing left, and there WILL BE NOTHING LEFT OF THIS COUNTRY... if we lose our freedom of privacy and expression!
I applaud thee.
curiouser and curiouser....
Gellman told the Washington Free Beacon that Poitras [long-time activist filmmaker] approached him in February to help her assess anonymous emails she was sent by the professed NSA leaker, Edward Snowden....
Gellman said he helped Poitras frame questions to help verify the information provided by Snowden, but that Snowden was primarily Poitrass source, even after Gellman began to communicate with him directly. After they received the document from Snowden, Laura and I evaluated it together and decided to partner on a story about it in the Washington Post, said Gellman.
I don’t care if she is a blind, three eyed goose. This is about our freedom and our Constitution! Get on point or get out of the way.
Wonder if she filmed something. Feb???? Thought he only worked there a few months??????
I find this just plain odd -— Snowden contacts a film-maker anonymously? She contacts her WaPo reporter-friend for help.
Why would Snowden contact a radical-activist film-maker?
Greenwald (from Guardian) said he began working with Snowden in Feb also.
To answer your question, Booz-Allen said Snowden has worked for them for “less than 3 months.”
However, when Snowden donated to Ron Paul campaign, he did so from a Hawaiian address.
Tonight on FOX twice emphasized that he had only been an IT guy for CIA in Swiss . Thought he’d worked for them in Sweden. Hmmm?
He mentions the CIA office “just down the street “ from his Hong Kong hotel. Hmmmm ????
CIA couldn’t have him present leak if he was still on record working for them. Expect his next information to be about xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx(drum roll)
>> Get on point or get out of the way.
So what’s the point? Hang the NSA out to dry then proceed as if Congress had no culpability?
It’s no wonder the Country’s in the shithouse. And it’s not because of the NSA.
Poitras intent all along with these two documentaries was to produce a trilogy of War on Terror films, and she is currently at work on the third installment. As Poitras described it to me, this next film will examine the way in which The War on Terror has been imported onto U.S. soil, with a focus on the U.S. Governments increasing powers of domestic surveillance, its expanding covert domestic NSA activities (including construction of a massive new NSA facility in Bluffdale, Utah), its attacks on whistleblowers, and the movement to foster government transparency and to safeguard Internet anonymity....
But Poitras work has been hampered, and continues to be hampered, by the constant harassment, invasive searches, and intimidation tactics to which she is routinely subjected whenever she re-enters her own country
Aside from his sketchy resume, the biggest hole in Snowden's story, IMO, is why he chose Hong Kong/China.
Now he is giving interviews to the South China Morning Post
"He vowed to fight any extradition attempt by the US government, saying: My intention is to ask the courts and people of Hong Kong to decide my fate. I have been given no reason to doubt your system."
The courts and the people? He is in the hands of Beijing. Why did he put himself there?
Uh-oh.... quick 180o from the left, now he’s a HERO.
And this poitraspos is our new Jane Fonda.
Edward Snowden: US government has been hacking Hong Kong and China for years
In an exclusive interview carried out from a secret location in the city, the former Central Intelligence Agency analyst also made explosive claims that the US government had been hacking into computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland for years....
Snowden said that according to unverified documents seen by the Post, the NSA had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland since 2009. None of the documents revealed any information about Chinese military systems, he said.
One of the targets in the SAR, according to Snowden, was the Chinese University of Hong Kong and public officials businesses and students in the city. The documents also point to hacking activity by the NSA against mainland targets.
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