30 June 2013 - 10:24am | posted by | 10 comments

The Observer pulls front page splash claiming secret data harvesting deals between six European countries and NSA

The Observer pulls front page splash claiming secret data harvesting deals between six European countries and NSAThe Observer pulls front page splash claiming secret data harvesting

The Observer has pulled its front page story claiming to reveal ‘secret European deals’ that would have seen private data handed to the US, after the credentials of its single source were called into question.

The exclusive story has been pulled from the later edition of The Observer this morning, as well as the Guardian’s website, having run claims by former Navy Lieutenant and National Security Agency (NSA) employee Wayne Madsen that ‘at least six European countries', including Britain had agreed ’to harvest’ private data to the NSA and that seven European countries as well as the US had access to a network of fibreoptic cables that could intercept phone calls, emails and website log in details.

It seems that the published the story, which went live on The Observer part of The Guardian website just after 9pm last night, was them pulled after the publisher was made aware of previous claims made by its source, including his belief that President Obama was a secret homosexual

The front page story was replaced in a later edition of The Observer and deleted from the title’s website within hours.

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30 Jun 2013 - 13:21
tonypow1
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A Nation of No Losers (FREE till Tue from amazon):

If you believe CIA is gathering info and not spying, you believe in fantasy. NAS incident reverses the roles of Russia / China with the USA.

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30 Jun 2013 - 16:20
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The original story on which the yanked Observer story is based can be found here: http://www.privacysurgeon.org/blog/incision/former-nsa-contractor-warns-...

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30 Jun 2013 - 16:21
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Time magazine outed Obama as a homosexual last year. Madsen is a better journalist than any drone working for a newspaper.

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30 Jun 2013 - 16:25
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The warmongering puppets Bush, Obama and Blair are all homosexual, which tells us something about the people behind the scenes who select the puppets that rule us. Blair lost the European presidency because of a male prostitute named Jeff Gannon aka Johnny Gosch. Check it out.

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1 Jul 2013 - 09:21
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@gordo14701: no they weren't homosexuals, but so what if they were? Many armies had regulations against homosexuals until recently, which suggests they are *less* likely to be warmongers, so I don't understand your point.

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1 Jul 2013 - 13:54
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Idiot. The magazine article was in Newsweek not Time, and it was referred to him supporting the gay right - not being gay. Jeezus chriiist.

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2 Jul 2013 - 00:26
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What an extraordinary display of poor reporting. The above critique makes many assertions that have no factual basis.

First, the Observer piece was factually accurate. Indeed to the best of my knowledge not one single assertion in the story was incorrect. I checked everything out before running the original piece on www.privacysurgeon.org and the Observer double checked - and by the way, that included communicating with Madsen. If you're going to criticise conspiracy theorists, best not to indulge in conspiracy yourself.

Much of the material was already in the public domain, even though it was obscure. Madsen himself said this too. He was not claiming to reveal anything particularly new - he just highlighted what had been forgotten and explaining the language. It did not "rely" on Madsen

Why was the story pulled? Probably due dilligence. When the facts were re-verified the thrust of the piece was incorporated into http://www.guardian.co.uk/worl... which by Sunday had superseded the original piece. Hours later Reuters and other news outlets were reporting on new documents that fully verified our article. Even better, read http://www.acus.org/natosource/how-nsa-targets-germany-and-europe

We knew about at least some of Madsen's more "out-there" views, but the facts in this case stood on their own merit and - with appropriate caveats inserted - we published. It's true though that the crowdsourcing soon revealed other strands to his thinking.

Advise us what we should have done. Do we verify the facts, then dump Madsen from the story after he had brought those documents to our attention? Or do we verify the facts and acknowledge him for doing so? An ethical dilemma indeed.

In this case, some of us remembered that journalism is about the truth, not about specious judgment based on personality and politics.

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23 Jul 2013 - 01:30
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The magazine was Newsweek indeed. On the front page there was a picture of Obama with a rainbow halo and the caption "THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT". Wayne Madsen has also outed Obama, who was a member of a gay bath-house while in Chicago. You might object that Dubya wasn't the first gay president, since his father G H W Bush was caught at night with boys in the White House in 1989. What is more interesting is that the Global Elite, whoever they are, have parachuted gay puppets into the top jobs in both Washington and London: Blair, Dubya and Obama. Has nobody noticed that the destruction of the British family was accompanied by a veritable homosexual revolution, led by Blair and Mandelson? There is another coincidence: the UK's two great modern chickenhawks: Tony (Miranda) Blair (Lipsett) and David Cameron (Levita) both have Jewish antecedents and send British troops to fight Israel's anti-muslim wars - much to the detriment of the UK's social and political stability. Do they work for Mossad?

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23 Jul 2013 - 01:31
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The magazine was Newsweek indeed. On the front page there was a picture of Obama with a rainbow halo and the caption "THE FIRST GAY PRESIDENT". Wayne Madsen has also outed Obama, who was a member of a gay bath-house while in Chicago. You might object that Dubya wasn't the first gay president, since his father G H W Bush was caught at night with boys in the White House in 1989. What is more interesting is that the Global Elite, whoever they are, have parachuted gay puppets into the top jobs in both Washington and London: Blair, Dubya and Obama. Has nobody noticed that the destruction of the British family was accompanied by a veritable homosexual revolution, led by Blair and Mandelson? There is another coincidence: the UK's two great modern chickenhawks: Tony (Miranda) Blair (Lipsett) and David Cameron (Levita) both have Jewish antecedents and send British troops to fight Israel's anti-muslim wars - much to the detriment of the UK's social and political stability. Do they work for Mossad?

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