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Greenwald Threatens to Publish Classified Documents on Britain; Classified Documents on British Anti-Terrorism Efforts Published

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 12:57 am

But of course Greenwald is not responsible. If I were in British intelligence, though, I might take a hard look at Thomas Ellers or Ellison. Let’s start with Greenwald’s recent threat:

“I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I am going to publish things on England, too. I have many documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did,” Greenwald, speaking in Portuguese, told reporters at Rio de Janeiro’s airport where he met Miranda upon his return to Brazil.

The implication is crystal clear, even thought weasel boy tried to walk it back after he realized how petty and unprofessional it made him look:

Greenwald said in a subsequent email to Reuters that the Portuguese word “arrepender” should have been translated as “come to regret” not “be sorry for.”

“I was asked what the outcome would be for the UK, and I said they’d come to regret this because of the world reaction, how it made them look, and how it will embolden me – not that I would start publishing documents as punishment or revenge that I wouldn’t otherwise have published,” he said in the email.

Oh, of course not! Nobody could have possibly read your statements as any kind of threat!

You are a dishonest hypocrite, reporting I said you’d be sorry when I really said you’d come to regret it!


Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies, The Independent has learnt.

The station is able to tap into and extract data from the underwater fibre-optic cables passing through the region.

The information is then processed for intelligence and passed to GCHQ in Cheltenham and shared with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States. The Government claims the station is a key element in the West’s “war on terror” and provides a vital “early warning” system for potential attacks around the world.

The Independent is not revealing the precise location of the station but information on its activities was contained in the leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden. The Guardian newspaper’s reporting on these documents in recent months has sparked a dispute with the Government, with GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives containing the data.

Or perhaps not so coincidentally, eh, Rick Ellensburg?

I had nothing to do with it! It was Ellison the whole time!

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