Glenn Greenwald is one of the founding members of The Intercept. On October 29, 2020, he wrote a scathing article explaining the reason he was resigning.
The final, precipitating cause is that The Intercept’s editors, in violation of my contractual right of editorial freedom, censored an article I wrote this week, refusing to publish it unless I remove all sections critical of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, the candidate vehemently supported by all New-York-based Intercept editors involved in this effort at suppression.
The censored article, based on recently revealed emails and witness testimony, raised critical questions about Biden’s conduct. Not content to simply prevent publication of this article at the media outlet I co-founded, these Intercept editors also demanded that I refrain from exercising a separate contractual right to publish this article with any other publication.
On their website, The Intercept still features a bio for the award-winning investigative journalist who left the publication in October 2020.
On March 15, The Intercept wrote about the data on “white supremacists and other extremists” who use Gab, bragging that they had the users personal information in their possession:
IN LATE FEBRUARY, somebody hacked Gab, an online safe space for white supremacists and other extremists. The hacker, who self-identifies as “JaXpArO and My Little Anonymous Revival Project,” exfiltrated roughly 65 gigabytes of data, including 4 million Gab accounts, 31,000 groups, and 39 million posts (over 100,000 of which were posted to private groups).
Due to privacy concerns, DDoSecrets is only offering GabLeaks to journalists and researchers who request access rather than publishing the full leak on the internet. (For the record, I’m a member of the DDoSecrets advisory board.)
DDoSecrets (Distributed Denial of Secrets), the group that was founded in 2018, and likes to think of themselves as the successor to Wikileaks has been permanently suspended from Twitter, after it was determined that they were behind “Blue Leaks.”
On July 8, 2020, law enforcement authorities in Germany located and seized the web server that hosted the “BlueLeaks” database, which contained 269 GB of files that exposed over 200 US police departments, their personnel, and cases. The data was up for about three weeks, so it has already been accessed and copied by thousands, but a server containing such sensitive documents couldn’t just be ignored. The incident was announced by the group that published the breach, “DDoSecrets,” via its member Emma Best.
Twitter deemed the sharing of the particular data as a risk to the police, the people working in the exposed departments, or even the informants or arrested individuals. Twitter has even banned accounts that re-posted links to the “BlueLeaks,” based on policy violations. DDoSecrets responded by saying their mission will stay unchanged, and silencing the whistle-blowers is on the wrong side of history.
Today, Greenwald shared a tweet exposing another “repulsive” act by The Intercept, who bragged in a fundraising email about having personal data on Gab users and how they’re “sorting through it, doing FBI’s work to find ‘extremists.'” In his tweet, Greenwald reminded everyone, “The Intercept was founded during the [Edward] Snowden (a government whistleblower) story to defend privacy rights and oppose the security state.” Now, here they are, bragging about having personal data on private citizens who they identify as “White Supremacists, QAnon believers, and Trump election fraud conspiracists.” In the screenshot of their fundraising email that Greenwald included in his tweet, they claim the Gab users, “still pose a grave threat to our democracy and our safety.”
Greenwald has identified the editors of The Intercept as “DNC hacks” who boast about obtaining the stolen information.
This is repulsive. The Intercept was founded during the Snowden story to defend privacy rights & oppose the security state. Now, the liberal DNC hacks who "edit" it are boasting they got personal data from Gab users & are sorting through it, doing FBI's work to find "extremists." pic.twitter.com/GHpJRosvod
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 4, 2021
In another scathing tweet, Greenwald writes: Bold Adversarial Journalism: serving as mouthpieces for the CIA and acting as monitoring cops for the FBI. Liberal political hacks ruin everything. The Intercept is shit.
He added: The people who run the Intercept now had nothing to do with its founding — they just leech off those who did — and are authoritarian shit liberals so this is what they do.
He concluded his tweet with: “The only saving grace is that outside like 3 writers, nobody reads that rag.”
The people who run the Intercept now had nothing to do with its founding — they just leech off those who did — and are authoritarian shit liberals so this is what they do. They only saving grace is that outside like 3 writers, nobody reads that rag:https://t.co/EklyZbjK8A
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 4, 2021
Gab is a free speech platform, and something about that concept scares the hell out of liberals. 100 Percent Fed Up has a Gab account (go HERE to like our page) that continues to grow. Although we’d prefer to see it grow much faster, it’s going to take some time for Americans to wake up and realize that we must leave our comfort zones and move away from these tyrannical social media platforms, as a way to defend our sacred First Amendment right to free speech.