Responding to Media Slander and False Accusations
Bart Gellman has thousands of top secret documents from Snowden. He’s repeatedly reported on them and published them in the Washington Post. He’s not on the paper’s staff, but is paid for the articles he writes for the Post. Shortly after he published his first article on the NSA documents at the Post (for pay!), it was announced that Gellman is writing a book about US surveillance.
2) What better alternatives exist for our reporting on these documents?
The strategy Laura Poitras and I used to report these documents is clear: I reported on most of them under a freelance contract with the Guardian, and she has reported on most under similar contracts with the NYT, the Washington Post, the Guardian and especially der Spiegel. But we also have partnered with multiple media outlets around the world - in Germany, Brazil, Canada, France, India, Spain, Holland, Mexico, and Norway, with more shortly to come – to ensure that the documents are reported on in those places where the interest level is highest and are closest to those individuals whose privacy has been invaded.
Does that sound like a “monopoly” to anyone who understands the word? If we wanted a monopoly at our new media venture, why are we not sitting on these big NSA stories until we launch so we can publish them there? A “monopoly” is the exact opposite of what we want and what we’ve been doing, as conclusively demonstrated by the continuous, ongoing reporting we’re doing around the world even after our new media venture was announced.