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Published on April 14th, 2014 | by Cliff Kincaid


Espionage ≠ Journalism

April 14 news conference in New York City

Protest Pulitzer Prizes for
Russian Propagandists

No Pulitzer Prizes for espionage. The work of Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and their ilk has made America more vulnerable to terrorist attack and its military personnel more likely to die in conflicts with terrorist groups and enemy regimes. That’s the assessment of our military and intelligence professionals.

Joseph Pulitzer believed in journalism as a moral force that promoted public virtue.   The Snowden stories don’t qualify.

The Snowden “revelations” are based on classified documents stolen by a former NSA contractor who fled to Russia and is now under the control of the Russian intelligence service, the FSB. He is charged with espionage by the U.S. Reporters disclosing Snowden’s stolen documents also broke the law and, like Snowden, could be charged with violating U.S. espionage laws.

On top of that, the Wall Street Journal revealed that Russian “war planners” evaded U.S. surveillance when they staged the invasion of Ukraine: “U.S. officials haven’t determined how Russia hid its military plans from U.S. eavesdropping equipment that picks up digital and electronic communications.” The answer is Snowden.

In his statement from Moscow international airport, Snowden said that the countries which have stood “against human rights violations carried out by the powerful rather than the powerless,” and which offered him “support and asylum,” included Russia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. That’s quite a list and says a lot about his ideology.

Snowden’s key German contact, a member of the German Green Party, Hans Christian Ströbele, is a member of the German Parliament who represented the communist terrorist group, the Baader-Meinhof Gang — also known as the Red Army Faction (RAF). The Soviet-backed RAF kidnapped and murdered German corporation executives, bankers, and police; bombed U.S. military bases; and attacked U.S. military personnel in Europe in the 1970s and 80s. One of their victims was U.S. Army Specialist Edward Pimental, who was abducted and executed with a bullet to the back of his head.

Cashing in on his notoriety, Greenwald’s book, No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State, is soon scheduled for release. It beats selling gay pornography, as Greenwald once did.

This is not journalism.

On Thursday, May 15, 2014, Greenwald will be in Cambridge discussing his book with Noam Chomsky, a leading member of the Communist Party spin-off, the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism. Chomsky is a major supporter of the Hezbollah terrorist group and opposed the killing of Osama bin Laden. 

Greenwald has spoken publicly in favor of “weakening” America, saying that al Qaeda’s 9/11 terrorist attacks on America were “very minimal in scope compared to the level of deaths that the United States has been bringing to the world for decades—from Vietnam to illegal wars in Central America…” What do New Yorkers think of that?

He described Anwar al-Awlaki, the American al Qaeda leader killed in a drone strike, merely as “someone who the U.S. government hates because he speaks effectively to the Muslim world about the violence that the United States commits regionally, and the responsibility of Muslims to stand up to that violence.” Al-walaki inspired the Foot Hood massacre, in which 13 were killed. 

Greenwald’s record also includes:

    Collaborating with Leninist groups such as the International Socialist Organization and Islamist organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Muslim Brotherhood front.

Greenwald is not a journalist;  he acts more like a progandist and apologist for the enemy.

We are holding this event because America’s Survival, Inc. (ASI) is engaged in a long-term effort to reform journalism and journalism education. We have launched a national television channel on the Roku streaming player in cooperation with Jerry Kenney of Kenney TV in Florida.

We believe the answer to media bias is better journalism education and the building of responsible news operations and companies. In addition to publishing the book All The Dupes Fit To Print: Journalists Who Have Served As Tools Of Communist Propaganda, by Paul Kengor, ASI has developed a syllabus for colleges and universities entitled, “All the Dupes Fit to Print: An Undergraduate Lesson Plan to Introduce Students to Journalistic Malpractice Through Reporting on the Ukrainian Holodomor of 1932 – 1933.” 

Inside the Columbia Journalism building is a plaque saying the mission is to “uphold standards of excellence in journalism.”

“Our Republic and its press will rise or fall together,” Pulitzer wrote, also on a plaque inside the Columbia Journalism building.

What does it say about American journalism if Edward Snowden’s co-conspirators get awards?

Columbia University Professor Richard K. Betts has provided a statement saying, “Snowden is a traitor. Any award that honors what he did, or his enablers, would be a disgrace.” Betts serves as the Director of the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University.

It’s one thing to honor the fake anchorman Ron Burgundy with an exhibit at the Newseum in D.C., but prizes for Edward Snowden’s accomplices in espionage? This is not a laughing matter.

Snowden has been charged with violating the Espionage Act, as well as theft of government property (18 U.S.C. 641) and the unauthorized communication of national defense information (18 U.S.C. 793 d). Section 798 of the Espionage Act absolutely prohibits the publication of classified information in the area of communications intelligence.

Lt. General Ion Mihai Pacepa, chief of Romania’s intelligence service (Securitate), defected to the U.S. in 1978. He is the highest-ranking Soviet bloc intelligence official ever to defect to the West. He told us that Snowden’s arrival in Russia was “the result of a well-prepared Russian intelligence operation” against the United States, and that Snowden “is an agent of the Russian foreign intelligence service.” His book, Disinformation, argues that Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former KGB officer, and his ex-KGB cronies have transformed Russia into “the first intelligence dictatorship in history.” They are running the Snowden operation.

Even Snowden’s lackeys admit he’s being “guarded” by the FSB.

Pacepa says, “Few outsiders knew that during the Cold War there were more people in the Soviet bloc working for KGB disinformation than for the Soviet army and defense industry put together. Most of this immense disinformation machinery survived, and it will certainly do its best to persuade the rest of the world that Snowden is a small private salesman who acted on his own.”

That’s the Big Lie – that Snowden is a whistleblower.

For this occasion, the general has given us the following statement:

    “Under a facade of democracy, Russia has assassinated 261 journalists since the collapse of the Soviet Union. As an American citizen who escaped from Russia’s war against the freedom of the press, I cannot imagine why any Pulitzer Prize board member would want to grant this uniquely prestigious prize to journalists encouraging Edward Snowden to betray the United States of America to Russia.
    “Joseph Pulitzer created his prizes to elevate public esteem for the media, not for America’s traitors. Edward Snowden sold himself to the KGB (re-baptized FSB), which killed 94 million people within the Soviet bloc alone. Over 6,000 former KGB officers who are now running Russia’s federal and local governments, are struggling to rebuild the Soviet Union that generated four decades of Cold War. We should condemn this attempt, not reward it.”

Logan Beirne, an Olin Scholar at Yale Law School, wrote the book,  Blood of Tyrants: George Washington & the Forging of the Presidency. He says Edward Snowden is a modern day Benedict Arnold.

He writes, “Born and raised in America, both men held positions meant to bolster U.S. national security. However, disillusioned with the political system, they came to see America’s adversaries as their salvation. Seeking out positions of trust, they collected sensitive intelligence, which they then divulged. Both fled to hostile nations as the U.S. government hunted them. Whatever justifications we concoct to explain their actions, Snowden and Arnold betrayed their country.”

He adds, “Our founding fathers faced men like Edward Snowden. They sentenced them to death.”

One quick note: Some of Snowden’s defenders say we can’t object to the press using his stolen documents because, after all, the New York Times got a Pulitzer for reporting on a stolen history of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War, the “Pentagon Papers,” provided by Daniel Ellsberg, an employee of a think tank. 

Former Defense Secretary Mel Laird felt that over 95 percent of the material could be declassified. It was, after all, a history of the war, unrelated to ongoing military operations. And Ellsberg did not flee to a communist country.

To go ahead with these awards for Snowden’s co-conspirators would be another black eye for the journalism business. Another was the Pulitzer Prize awarded to New York Times correspondent Walter Duranty back in 1932.  He covered up Stalin’s engineered famine in Ukraine that killed 7-10 million people. 

Through Accuracy in Media we have been trying to get that prize revoked for decades.

Unfortunately, the Pulitzer Prize Board decided not to revoke the prize in 2003, saying there was no proof of deliberate deception.  

But there was deliberate deception, and we can prove it. Former KGB Colonel Oleg Gordievsky described Duranty as being part of a Soviet “active measures” operation, designed to influence people and policies. The Kliefoth memorandum, from the American diplomat by that name, proves that Duranty was a deliberate and conscious liar, and a Soviet agent of influence to boot.

It should be noted that Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Thomas Ricks was initially sympathetic to Snowden. But he has grown suspicious of Snowden’s Russian connection and debt to the Vladimir Putin regime. Ricks asked whether Snowden and Glenn Greenwald, his main collaborator, would denounce recent crackdowns on press freedom in Russia – “now would be the time for both of them to speak out against Putin.” Later, he said the longer Greenwald and Snowden “remain silent on events in Ukraine, the more I suspect their previous motives.”

Almost a year ago I wrote, “…the Snowden case looks increasingly like the NSA equivalent of Philip Agee, who defected from the CIA and became a Soviet and Cuban agent. Agee died in Havana after writing several books with the help of Cuban intelligence.”

At least Agee was somewhat honest about his communist help, noting the assistance of the Cubans in writing one of his books.

On June 28, 2011, we at America’s Survival released the FBI file on Agee. The file shows that Agee was a Cuban DGI and Soviet KGB operative. But he was hailed as a whistleblower, just like Snowden. Indeed, some of Snowden’s followers still support Agee.

So let’s quit fooling ourselves about the Snowden operation. It is espionage, not journalism. Those who assist him are part of a modern-day Russian “active measures” operation, whether they want to admit it or not.

Retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin says, regarding active measures, “It’s a tradition, it’s not something new. That’s important to see the past projected onto the present — and the future.”

During the 1980s, under President Reagan, there was a federal “Active Measures Working Group” to counter Soviet propaganda and disinformation. It was run out of the U.S. Information Agency, later folded into the State Department.

Let’s hope that Republicans and Democrats can now agree, in the wake of Russian’s invasion of Ukraine, that such a group should be reconstituted, and that the Congress should hold hearings into the entire modern-day Russian active measures apparatus, including Wikileaks, and the Snowden support network in the U.S.

We stand ready to assist the media in understanding active measures, including KGB/FSB infiltration and manipulation of the media, by bringing back copies of old congressional hearings and State Department reports into the subject.   We have already posted a U.S. Information Agency video from 1984 on Soviet active measures featuring KGB defector Stanislav Levchenko.

Perhaps we should start with something that has been in the news, the heavy-handed operations of KGB-TV, also known as Russia Today television, or RT. We’ve been exposing RT for four years. Finally, the rest of the media are paying attention to Putin’s propaganda channel, now that the propaganda over Ukraine has gotten so brazen.

RT is carried by Comcast, now poised to take over even more of the U.S. media market.

The real Edward Snowden story — espionage and active measures — is not up for a Pulitzer Prize. That story is now being written.   

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