Alleged "New and Explosive'" NSA "Revelations" Supported by... Floor Plans

With The Guardian and Glenn Greenwald being exposed for their pompous and self-righteous coloring and fabrications about the NSA to try to bring down the legitimacy of the American government, the "Team" has found a new track. Now, they went to the German paper Der Spiegel, and had a new story penned by Laura Poitras, Greenwald's homegirl. In it, Poitras(and her co-writers, such as they are, lay out outlandish claims - supported, they say, by NSA documents given to them by the American fugitive under the protection of the totally non-spying Russia - about how the NSA is spying on EU and UN missions.

And they came armed with evidence, too. Here, in its entirety, is the evidence they presented for the ... ahem... story.


No, really. That's it. Their big damning evidence of the NSA spying on every stray electron traveling through the communications apparatus at the United Nations and the European Union is the NSA's copy of the floor plan of the 26th floor at the UN building in New York, which houses the EU mission. A floor plan. A floor plan that would be accessible by anyone who works in the mission, is responsible for providing security for those housed in the mission, or, you know, the city, the fire department, or what have you.

Perhaps they have other documents as the basis for the charges they make of the NSA virtually being a world monitor of all communication everywhere. Then again, perhaps readers of these "explosive" revelations would do better to follow Bob Cesca's 24-hour rule for the Greenwald-Snowden attention-whoring. After all, if they had anything more compelling than a floor plan, one would be inclined to think that they would release it to support their 'bombshell' act of... "reporting."

Poitras goes on to accuse the NSA of violating several legal agreements with the UN and EU on the basis of the documents she claims to have from Snowden (but doesn't care to show her reader). Forgive me if something tells me that she is more bark than bite. Perhaps the fact that many in the tech community promptly debunked Greenwald's pathetically inaccurate impressions about PRISM and other legal domestic surveillance programs. Perhaps it was at that moment they made the decision not to make that mistake again.

You see, it's much easier to lay out outlandish claims based on secret documents you assert you have - in secret, of course (oh the irony, it hurts) - than to actually release these documents and then have to be embarrassed and slapped around by people who know what they're talking about. Because Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald's brand of "journalism" isn't about letting people find out the truth, it's about convincing people their version of the propaganda.


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