...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



yonder stands your orphan, with his gun:

Greenwald is now calling for the release from prison of convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, who is serving a life sentence in a federal prison in North Carolina and he is appearing on the Israeli media to make his case...
crying like a fire in the sun:
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who first published documents leaked by Edward Snowden that revealed the scope of U.S. spying worldwide, said the documents contain additional information about U.S. surveillance of Israel that has not yet been published.

He also said the continued imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard attests to the hypocrisy of the U.S. administration.
It’s proper to raise Pollard’s case in the context of U.S. spying on its Israeli ally, he continued, because that underscores the hypocrisy of what the U.S. itself is doing. The U.S. government, Greenwald charged, does exactly what it accuses its enemies of doing, and no country has the right to say other countries shouldn’t do something while it is secretly violating that very same taboo.
ha'aretz  07.Jan.14
The depth of absurdity in this now becomes so compelling it creates its own gravity, you can feel it pulling at your legs, shoes slippery with whatever darkness that is that's staining the sloping floor, everything tilted just enough you can still stand, still walk, but all the real power's headed one way, the natural flow is down toward that sucking maw of the unthinkable, and like gravity, it's completely invisible except by its effects.
Manning, Chelsea Manning. If you can't bring yourself to participate in the changeover, you can say "the former Bradley Manning". You can talk about Assange. Hammond.
Sarah Harrison's waking to a cold room now.
And instead, Greenwald's advocating for Pollard.
Jesus bloody Christ.

Updated:Greenwald evidently was played into what was not even closely a statement but an inferred, implied, you know, where it's "Wait I didn't say that!" and then that truthish bit-bite was delivered as the full meal.
And I bought it because of knee-jerk 'noias about all things contemporary involving the usual players. Which is a disservice to everyone trying real hard to nail what's really happening, including me.
So no, it was a set-up, a milking operation, and Greenwald's dubious stature as truth-bringing Prometheus of Secret Data was used by cynical users to brand their p.r. for Pollard as coming from the same health-seeking area as Snowden's still-veiled "revelations".
Possibly similar knee-jerking response to this:
Kerry responds forcefully to Israeli insults.
We'll see. I'm on my best toes.

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