The Sunday Times’ Snowden Story is Journalism at its Worst — and Filled with Falsehoods

Not that the Times is the bastion of pioneering journalism, but I’ve noticed an increasing trend for governments and organisations to focus on the alleged perpetrators of online breaches, instead of the cause. The bottom line is, it doesn’t matter who broke in, your security was insufficient and that’s entirely your own fault. Leaving your car unlocked on the street, or your front door unlocked is on you. If Person A doesn’t grab your things, Person B will, or Person C, that part is irrelevant. On a related note, if you haven’t already, watch through some of Glenn Greenwald’s interviews – he often quite succinctly addresses the issue of governmental surveillance from an ethical point of view, not a technical one.

“The Sunday Times article is even worse because it protects the officials they’re serving with anonymity. The beauty of this tactic is that the accusations can’t be challenged. The official accusers are being hidden by the journalists so nobody can confront them or hold them accountable when it turns out to be false. The evidence can’t be analyzed or dissected because there literally is none: they just make the accusation and, because they’re state officials, their media-servants will publish it with no evidence needed. And as is always true, there is no way to prove the negative. It’s like being smeared by a ghost with a substance that you can’t touch.”

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