When the New York Times wonders why they went from ‘the paper of record’ to BuzzFeed in a suit, they can look no further than this article on whistleblowers written by ‘Diplomatic correspondent’ Michael Crowley – which for 12 hours, despite undergoing a full editorial process, contained major fabrications about whistleblower Edward Snowden, who in 2013 exposed vast domestic and international spying operations run by the NSA and other organizations.
For starters, Crowley wrote that Snowden “handed them off to the website WikiLeaks for publication,” which is a complete lie. Snowden in fact gave the documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald when he was with The Guardian, and the Washington Post – where they went through the editorial process.
Second, Crowley wrote that a disclosure that the NSA was spying on former German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone came from the Snowden archive – another total lie. Both of these lies could have been debunked with a 10 second look at Wikipedia. In reality, the Merkel findings were the result of a 2015 internal investigation in the Danish Defense Intelligence Service into the NSA’s role in the partnership, and broken by Reuters….