...But of these sophisms and elenchs of merchandise I skill not...
Milton, Areopagitica

Except he had found the
standing sea-rock that even this last
Temptation breaks on; quieter than death but lovelier; peace
that quiets the desire even of praising it.

Jeffers, Meditation On Saviors



disturbing ideas:

That the Snowden leaks are somehow a grab of the momentum created by the Manning/wikileaks releases, and a redirection of that momentum back toward something. What? I don't know. The Guardian's accused - tangentially in a thread about Greenwald - here, of sycophancy toward war-enthusiasts and the financial aristocracy.  That there's a dissonance in the editorial practices of Greenwald's beloved employer and his role as champion of transparency and the rights of the surveilled upon. See also in that thread Greenwald's pretty obnoxious sneering contempt for his critics there, which seems to completely disregard legitimate concerns of this kind. And he doesn't respond to the politely asked and serious question of that dissonance, while responding vituperatively to accusations of hinkiness in the timing and amount of document release.Though maybe that's just battle fatigue and frustration with armchair warriors. There's odd discrepancies in the actual volume of documents Snowden delivered. I haven't seen enough other sources and comments to feel confident even in suspicion of plausible doubt maybe.
Greenwald's in the spotlight in a way that makes him media-heroic, he's got a book deal, Snowden's in Russia, sort of in between heroic and fugitive infamy, free (in a foreign country) and living anonymously sort of and certainly not trapped in the Ecuadoran embassy in London. Considering the essential difference in their actions : Snowden snatched and released secrets, Assange received and released secrets. Snowden/Greenwald's revelations so far have mostly pissed off other governments and made some regular folk uneasy, but as far as I know it's all been about the Big Brother eavesdrop. Manning/Wikileaks' revelations showed the intentional atrocities of the US military in brutal graphic detail. There's no blood in S/G's stuff, lots in M/W's.
A book deal for Greenwald versus a movie by Disney about Julian Assange that is clearly a hit piece, if not more accurately described as outright character assassination. And Chelsea Manning's going to be in prison for a long time, unless there's some kind of revolution.
Good son versus bad? Something smells funny.
Maybe it's just my socks.

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