THE NEWS that the New York Times will partner with the UK Guardian on Snowden stories fully exposes the pressure on journalists, with Prime Minister David Cameron the latest to make it uncomfortable for the people to get the truth.
Britain has no First Amendment protections, with their draconian Official Secrets Act making it very difficult for transparency and for the press to form the function of journalism itself.
Executive Editor Jill Abramson is really putting the Times back where it belongs after a deplorable era of Bush-Cheney abetting on the Iraq war.
“In a climate of intense pressure from the UK government, The Guardian decided to bring in a US partner to work on the GCHQ documents provided by Edward Snowden,” Guardian spokeswoman Jennifer Lindenauer said in an email. “We are continuing to work in partnership with the NYT and others to report these stories.” The London-based newspaper has been under intense British government pressure this summer, its editor, Alan Rusbridger, revealed earlier this week.
[…] Snowden said he did not go to the Times because the paper bowed to Bush Administration demands to delay a story on warrantless wiretapping in the interest of national security; he was afraid, he said, the paper would do the same with his revelations.
This news comes as new revelations surface about a financial relationship between the tech companies and the NSA over compliance costs.
The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency’s activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian.
The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court.