The video below is the briefing given by State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki on July 12.  On Glenn Greenwald’s twitter feed, he and others were giving props to the tough questions asked by one reporter especially.  Given that Dan Froomkin identified the reporter asking the tough questions as the AP’s State Department reporter Matthew Lee, it might cause us to wonder if his questions about the State Department wanting to limit Edward Snowden’s free speech and other Constitutionally guaranteed rights is one healthy net result of the discovery that the AP reporters had been spied on.  But this is very cool, as Glenn Greenwald and others noted back in May?.  Will it become an actual trend beyond what GG had noted earlier?

The transcript of the briefing is here if you don’t want to watch the video; the questions about Snowden start almost immediately and go on until about minute 26.

Extras: The dailydot shows 9 ways that the NSA can track you without a warrant.

If you haven’t read it yet, Glenn’s ‘deadman’s switch’ piece refuting what Reuter’s had recently claimed he’d said in an interview with an Argentinean newspaper is important for pushing back on propaganda.

When you give many interviews in different countries and say essentially the same thing over and over, as I do, media outlets often attempt to re-package what you’ve said to make their interview seem new and newsworthy, even when it isn’t. Such is the case with this Reuters article today, that purports to summarize an interview I gave to the daily newspaper La Nacion of Argentina.

Like everything in the matter of these NSA leaks, this interview is being wildly distorted to attract attention away from the revelations themselves. It’s particularly being seized on to attack Edward Snowden and, secondarily, me, for supposedly “blackmailing” and “threatening” the US government. That is just absurd.

Also noteworthy are comments of Putin’s reported by the Boston Globe (h/t Kevin Gosztola); in part:

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin told an audience of students on Monday that the United States had effectively trapped Edward J. Snowden, the fugitive former intelligence contractor, on Russian territory by frightening countries that otherwise might have accepted him.

When Putin insisted that Russia did not want Snowden to cause damage to the United States, the students laughed out loud. [snip]

“He arrived on our territory without an invitation,” Putin said. “He didn’t fly to us; he flew in transit to other countries. But only when it became known that he was in the air, our American partners, in fact, blocked him from flying further.

“They themselves scared all other countries; no one wants to take him, and in this way they themselves in fact blocked him on our territory. Such a present for us for Christmas.”

 “All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.

 ~ Edward Snowden

We hope like hell it can’t be stopped; stay safe, Edward Snowden.  Nor do we know which files, slides, and other reveals are still on their way.

Funny or Die had a little fun with NSA recruitment…

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