Glenn Greenwald: "The Perfect Epitaph for Establishment Journalism", The Guardian , 14 October 2013.
Glenn Greenwald responds to a column by Chris Blackhurst, former editor of The Independent : "Edward Snowden's secrets may be dangerous. I would not have published them : If MI5 warns that this is not in the public interest who am I to disbelieve them?" Noting that such an attitude towards national security state officialdom would have prevented journalistic illumination of the Pentagon Papers, the My Lai massacre, the network of CIA torture sites, the NSA's warrantless wire-tapping programme, the non-existent Iraqi WMDs, and "a whole litany of waste, corruption and illegality that once bore the "top secret" label", Greenwald concludes that Blackhurst's subtitle makes a fitting epitaph for the tombstone of mainstream journalism.
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