Leaks for me, not for thee
The key point for me is that the media are more interested in the supposed leaker's background than in the substance of the messages our government was sharing internally.
This is clearly a false flag kind of thing. They’re going to rake this low level kid over the coals - a shiny object, look over there moment. Like a 21 year old reservist would have access to that level of intel - and if he did - the military is dumber than it already looks. They already failed with the Streisand Effect, so they’re moving to phase 2/3. “He’s definitely a Russian Asset”, rinse and repeat. Ask Ed Snowden how the process works. They can’t stand being exposed, but they revile the embarrassment.
Why did this low level guy even have access to these documents? Seems like he might have been set up and someone higher up wanted these docs leaked.
Note to Jack Texiera: now is the time to tell the world you want to transition (I’d go with to female if I were in your shoes) it won’t help your sentence much but it will get the press off your back while your kangaroo show trial proceeds.
I will laugh my ass off if they try to destroy internet privacy because DISCORD, of all things.
Everything you ever do or say on Discord is saved on their servers, forever. Discord has a soft requirement for a phone number to get an account (sometimes, it's weird). Discord has an activist mod team with a strong leftist bias. Discord does process spying, which is how it knows what game you're playing.
Discord is one of the least secure, leakiest, most easily surveilled forms of communication to ever exist. Exactly zero needs to be done for the government to spy on it as is. If anyone says otherwise, they're lying.
I like the fact that they'll use their own incompetence (letting a low level person walk off base with this classified information) as an excuse to try and enact tyrannical policies on the people. It's like your parent screws up and you get punished. Brilliant. I wouldn't expect anything less out of these clowns.
On another note, I write all sorts of zany commentary about our strange society on my Substack, for those who enjoy a bit of outlandish but fun writing.
The other night on Rumble, Glenn Greenwald went through this. It sounds fishy as hell. Given that people are referring to the "RESTRICT Act" as Patriot Act 2.0, I'm having trouble believing this is legit and isn't a set up to, once again stampede the livestock. (And we all knew Ukraine was losing. That's not exactly a revelation.)
Whenever a leaker perfectly fits the bogey man profile of the people in charge, you can bet it is BS, and he is at best a cut-out for the real leaker.
You know the kid had a handler playing him up to do this. They know the process well, and use it over and over again to create fall-guys to accomplish their dirty work. The better question is "why was THIS information leaked?" Watch what they DO, not what they say.
When I returned home today, my dogs informed me that the russians took a shit in the hallway.
99% of what is classified could simultaneously fit in the category of "any idiot who is paying attention knows that." All of this spy crap is designed to conceal how bad they are at their jobs and the bad self-serving stuff they are up to and now we are have a corporate media who considers themselves part of the team. By the standards of today, half the Democratic party of the 80s were Russian (Soviet) assets! Just because you oppose a policy doesn't make you a traitor. Saying Ukraine is Europe's problem doesn't make you Putin's pal. One last thing, I have been meaning to write about redactions and the "sources and methods" cop out. Sources are redacted because they are biased, partisan, crazy, or simply suck. Methods are hidden because they dishonest, entrapping, or illegal probably.
As others below note - how on earth did a 21 year old kid in the MA Air National Guard get these? I mean they were either really not "top secret" or the designation is meaningless.
If he is such a low level youngster how did our incompetent government give him access to such "high level" information so he could leak it? If they put this kid in lockup there should be hell to pay. Creepazoid is a perfect description of these boobs.
Don't worry, Matt, we're gonna get that Supreme Court Leaker any day now!
Why was this stuff classified? Oh, right everything is classified. If there is a chance it could embarrass the Intelligence Industrial Complex, it is classified. Isn't it strange that a 21 year old Air Force Reserve member and defense contractor has this kind of access? Seems odd to me.
More sunshine, not less. More journalism (not MSM journalism, real journalism), not less.
It is amazing how quickly journalists have sunk into this role as propaganda parrots. I wonder if Matt encountered any signals within the Twitter files that reporters have actually been deputized by IC spooks as paid-on-the-side CHS’s and operatives. As newspaper newsrooms were being cut back and financial shortfalls accelerated during my 40 years at major metro dailies, sure, it was obvious conservatives or contrarians that gave the pervasive leftish orthodoxy headaches were the first out the door with their “cardboard coffins.” But the resulting homogeneity cannot totally explain such a willingness to do the IC’s bidding. When I was RIFF’d from the Dallas paper in 2004, those I left behind still maintained an adherence to the “speak truth to power” philosophy. They were definitely lefties, but they had a conscience and considered themselves challengers to government agencies. They were working to get the truth to their readers, albeit their own slanted version. What vexes me about today’s most powerful news outlets is that they willingly spew such uncritical garbage on behalf of their “sources with knowledge of the situation.” It can’t be a coincidence. The key actors must be getting some handsome rewards.