Journalism

Dec 2, 2013

Greenwald: the spying, not the media, is the story

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is not finished with revelations of spying -- and Australia could end up with even more egg on its face.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

Be afraid, Prime Minister, very afraid. According to The Australian‘s Greg Sheridan, the Abbott government is “bracing” for another wave of damaging revelations about Australian espionage from documents leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. The details are sketchy, but this time our snooping on China, as well as Indonesia, is expected to come under scrutiny.

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8 thoughts on “Greenwald: the spying, not the media, is the story

  1. klewso

    If this was a Labor government being embarrassed, do you reckon the take on these revelations would be different, from the Conservative commentariat – with their long-time editorial Con-troll over what news we voters get to see?

  2. Andybob

    There seems to be a ‘unity ticket’ between the Coalition and the ALP on Intelligence matters. They won’t discuss it and reserve the right to do whatever they want. The only reason the Coalition hasn’t pointed the finger at the former govt is because they want to be able to carry on doing exactly the same.

  3. klewso

    They also had nearly 12 years, before Rudd, running the same “Haunted House”?

  4. a_swann

    The Australian is just sore because they didn’t get any of the loot. But the Greenwald article I think doesn’t completely establish the moral high ground for those who profit from the business of leaking, even if it is an old business. There moral authority comes from the nature of the revelations alone, if they are in the public interest. Whatever the public interest is, obviously Albrechtsen thinks it is in our interest to know zip..

  5. Rod Marr

    Andybob – “There seems to be a ‘unity ticket’ between the Coalition and the ALP on Intelligence matters. ”

    Correct, exactly the same approach in intelligence matters as their complicity and bi-partisanship in their approach to Iraq and Afghanistan.

    The “unity ticket” exists because the puppets will never challenge the puppeteers on matters of blanket Global policy. Intelligence matters fit this bill.

    Or, who in their right mind would bite the hand that feeds them? ..ie..elite politicians owe their positions to who ever owns the MSM etc etc.

  6. zut alors

    Abbott’s handling of SBY was a master class in diplomacy and, having been through the entree, Xi Jinping as the main course should be a cinch. Nothing to sweat on here…

  7. klewso

    Leave msm to edit/decide what is the “public interest”?
    …. Like they’ve done publicising/advertising Conservative/Abbott’s shortcomings?

  8. Harry Makris

    Nope…they won’t let this one slide…..

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