Surely it is *more* of a statement of fact than "normal speak". Evidence has been weighed up, subject to extreme scrutiny and rejected. Normal speak is like a judgement made over a few beers.
Great article. I know it's a serious topic but this:
This time, I lost a jandal in the retreat
only in a Kiwi riot :-)
isn't quite as clearly defined as the "publish it all, and let God sort it out" Cult of Wikileaks would have you believe.
Which is a libel to Wikileaks and the work they had carried out for many years. And the fact that you can make that sort of statement as fact is why I worry about the sort of article Russell has written here.
Note to self, again: Maybe I shouldn't be so abrupt in my initial comment :-)
Just on the money side of things, I am less concerned than Russell. The Grauniad is investing in growth and market share. Ask Xero what that does to cash reserves. It doesn't mean it is not able to generate revenues.
I love this quote on many levels, including Rusbridger's broad awareness of context:
"In just five days, Rusbridger said, its traffic eclipsed that of Murdoch’s national newspaper, the Australian. “We’re being a digital disrupter,” he said, smiling. “We’re doing to that market what the Huffington Post is trying to do to us.”"
It's actually what Murdoch did in the 80s with Sky TV. I think there's a pretty good future for the Guardian online, which is a good thing.
Maybe they should invest in Public Address for the NZ edition.
I don't think you are in league with anyone, except those lizard beings maybe.
I do think the general approach being taken to Greenwald is a reflection of a meme being perpetuated by the US government.
I still struggle to see what your point about the timing decision is or was. Of course Snowden was in a hurry, he knew he could be shut down or taken out very quickly. Urgency made sense, the details you seemed to have concerns with generally stacked up as more and more evidence was presented.
The point you and others seem to be buying into is that Greenwald, Snowden et al are unstable and therefore unreliable. If that's not the case then why not make it clear that is not what you are saying?
...Daily Mail...Ed Miliband. QED.
Craig, credible track record is important. Greenwald, Rusbridger, Wikileaks, and the Guardian have it in spades. The personality issue is a side show. If the content is weak, attack the content. Personal attack is exactly how the US government has tried to discredit this and many other similar stories.
Have you not spotted the pattern yet?
Legally innocent unless proven guilty. "Not Guilty" means the prosecution failed to prove the accused committed the crime. Whether a person is actually innocent is another matter.
Quite. So until Lundy's retrial you are legally no less innocent of the crime as Lundy. And if the retrial finds him not guilty then you would be more less innocent than he would be...legally.
The opposition to the TPP is not a minority far left movement
Correct. NZRise represents the NZ owned digital business sector. One of our very first acts was to attend the Vietnam round a few years ago and instigate the "lunch with negotiators" events. We are concerned about the TPP for all the reasons Hadyn points to. Scroll down this page for more info:
The key point is that this is not a deal that is an FTA. In exchange for very limited (and as yet undefined) market access the USA is seeking protection for its own industries and corporates. That's the "high quality" bit of this deal. It is going to cost us all money and people will die as a result of the increased costs of medical treatments.
MFAT and MBIE seem to have gone silent on Kiwi stakeholders. Used to be we got regular updates and were invited to briefings on progress. This has come to a grinding halt over the last 9 months.
I'm not sure how to put this Russell. But once again your approach seems to be to shoot the messenger. This time Greenwald. In doing so you turn this (as you did with the Wikileaks saga) into a story of personalities over content.
This seems deliberate and exactly what our governments would like. C.f. todays Daily Mail.