Banning Spycatcher in England meant Peter Wright became a millionaire.
The US government has gone back to court in a bid to get a summary judgment against whistleblower Edward Snowden and Macmillan – the publisher of his memoir, Permanent Record. The centre of the US case is that Snowden failed to submit his manuscript for approval to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) before publication and …
Ah, and government officials deleting their own tweets in contrast to certain record-keeping policies: https://www.npr.org/2019/10/25/772325133/as-president-trump-tweets-and-deletes-the-historical-record-takes-shape
Oh, they say they keep a backup for compliance. But, who audits that process? And, do they not understand that the Internet never forgets. Oh yes, how many countries and news agencies do you think are recording all this stuff in the hopes that they may get to weaponize it?
What you try to hide, what you try to delete, is a major, major tell.
They (probably) can't ban it. As far as I can see, they are just doing this to harass Snowden and to discourage future leakers. If I recall correctly, Snowden's publisher is in England which will probably make it somewhat more difficult to seize profits which they quite likely could do if the publisher were in the US.
"If I recall correctly, Snowden's publisher is in England which will probably make it somewhat more difficult to seize profits which they quite likely could do if the publisher were in the US."
Sometime soon, maybe very soon, maybe in a few months, the UK is going to be looking desperate;y for a trade deals with their "special friends". Trump seems to be quite capable of making deal A depend on the other party doing completely unrelated action B.
He's got to earn a living somehow, living in exile in Russia, forever, apparently. It's way past ironic that my government is bitching about him breaking the laws that were supposed to prevent him from telling us how THEY were breaking the law.
From beyond the grave, Orwell is probably thinking that this crap goes far past anything even he imagined.
"Banning Spycatcher " ............and Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Lawyer who fought the UK Government in the Spycatcher case, did OK out of it as well even though he eventually lost his job of Australian PM to the Right Wing of Australian Liberals.
ISBN 1615770178, this book just released in English following purchase of the rights of Udo's Gekaufte Journalisten from Kopp Verlag (Bought Journalists) which has, let us say, had a very difficult time in being made available. English rights were first bought by a Canadian company, which then seemingly 'buried' the book (I had never heard the extreme publishing term "Privished" until now)
Obviously the (2014 best seller in German) book might be wrong, nuanced, even deliberately subversive - or it might be accurate. make up your own minds, 'nudge'.
Udo Ulfkotte, the author of this, will sadly not become a millionaire, tho' he was made an honorary citizen of Oklahoma
Trump's White House press secretary - why would anyone take on the job? Under any other POTUS, it would be a prestigious and honourable position to hold;not this.
"The White House press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, confirmed Trump’s response: “I worked with John Kelly, and he was totally unequipped to handle the genius of our great President.”
May be Boris can poach her to be his Press Secretary to help sell Brexit
Alas not, in this day and age all communications and messages are monitored any sign of an uprising will be stopped with extreme prejudice before it even starts (extinction rebellion arrests before protest started for example). The majority of people are now in a state of slavery, the can't protest because if they do they don't get paid meaning they could lose their jobs and home or be unable to feed themselves or their family. People are conditioned to accept this way of life from an early age to get their entertainment from the circus (television/internet) and believe without much question what they are told with a promise of a better life if they just work hard. We have now entered the next stage with "fake news", news has always been fake but now it can be checked and verified a blanket of mass confusion is created to keep the illusion of truth going because who really knows what's true or false.
It's not all doom and gloom though, I can still have dibby egg and soldiers for breakfast and there are plenty of funny cat videos to keep my days full of joy.
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If the Government manages to win this one, I look forward to reading it as a e-book distribution, and not paying a dime for the privledge. If one doesn't appear in the normal places, then I look forward to buying a first edition, firing up the scanner, creating the file and dumping it in as many places as I can think of.
If Snowden wins this, I look forward to buying a first edition and leaving the scanner turned off for now.
Ill be damned if I will support government backed suppression of free speech. Particularly in this case.
A/C because I think I just confessed to something or other.
It is really hard to see the USG actions as anything but a petty, and ultimately futile, attempt to further harrass Mr. Snowden. I did read the memoir - and while it was quite readable and occationally fascinating, it does not reveal anything factual af all, that's not already a matter of public record. It is really a story of the inner workings of his mind, his feelings, and his motivations. True, it is spiced here and there with a few, fairly generic spy anecdotes - but those are dime a dozen these days, and one could learn more about the spy and surveilance tradecraft by spending half an hour on the 'net.
If I have to summarize my impression of that book in a few words, I would say that Snowden comes across as a true, almost religious, believer in the US constitution and the power of the US democracy, who is driven by moral and ethical considerations above anything else. Like any zealot, he is also a little scary.
I often just drift through Wikipedia from link to link, and occasionally stumble across something really interesting. So I started at Spycatcher three hours ago, checking my first comment here, and I ended up on Richard Sorge.
It's a long article, especially since I get distracted by all the links to battles I didn't know about, but read what other people said about him:
"A devastating example of a brilliant success of espionage." – Douglas MacArthur, General of the Army
"His work was impeccable." – Kim Philby
"In my whole life, I have never met anyone as great as he was." – Mitsusada Yoshikawa, Chief Prosecutor in the Sorge trials who obtained Sorge's death sentence.
"Sorge was the man whom I regard as the most formidable spy in history." – Ian Fleming
"Richard Sorge was the best spy of all time." – Tom Clancy
"The spy who changed the world." – Lance Morrow
"Somehow, amidst the Bonds and Smiley's People, we have ignored the greatest of 20th century spy stories – that of Stalin's Sorge, whose exploits helped change history." – Carl Bernstein
"Richard Sorge's brilliant espionage work saved Stalin and the Soviet Union from defeat in the fall of 1941, probably prevented a Nazi victory in World War II and thereby assured the dimensions of the world we live in today." – Larry Collins
"The spies in history who can say from their graves, the information I supplied to my masters, for better or worse, altered the history of our planet, can be counted on the fingers of one hand. Richard Sorge was in that group." – Frederick Forsyth
"Stalin's James Bond." – Le Figaro
"Ott tolerated Sorge's affair with his wife, on the grounds that Sorge was such a charismatic man that women were always falling in love with him, and so it was only natural that Sorge would sleep with his wife."
The Spy Who Loved Me
"The Spy Who Loved My Wife"
I did wonder how much of his reputation as the greatest spy was admiration for his undercover exploits, or admiration for his between the covers exploits.
"Day Two: I penetrated German High Command. Woof Woof!"
I admire though that he only confessed in order to save the women he'd seduced.