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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #5)

Mon Jun 11, 2012, 11:53 AM

8. I don't know if you saw the reports of how he was a target

for his work on the Wikileaks story, and Bank of America who hired two contractors, fearful of what Wikileaks might release about them, to destroy the reputation of Wikileaks (there were also ties to the FBI I believe, which Congress was asked to look into). But when HBGary CEO boasted online about outing members of Anonymous, they struck back, hacking their site, and revealing emails that turned out to be pretty frightening.

Among the names to be targeted for personal destruction, was Glenn Greenwald because of his writing.

It's a complex story and pretty frightening to think that a blogger could be targeted this way simply for stating his opinion. Had Anonymous not uncovered this plot, who knows to what extent they might have gone to destroy him and who would have known who was paying for it?

Here is a link explaining the story and how he found out he was a target:

The leaked campaign to attack WikiLeaks and its supporters

The attacks on him have been vicious, coming from some of the most virulent people on the internet, they use Twitter and blogs and it is pretty relentless, and yes one of the worst was the one we saw here.

What is striking about the attacks on him is that they are always the same talking points:

1) wrongly accusing him of trying to hide his initial support for the Iraq war. He did not he wrote about it in his book for one thing, so this is a particularly egregious twisting of facts.

2) Twisting the facts regarding a case he handled as an attorney, always distorted in the same way.

3) Accusing him of being a Ron Paul supporter


These are repeated and repeated and aimed at Liberals who supposedly will react with disgust. For the Right there were different talking points throughout the Bush years, ironically that he was a traitor for NOT supporting the war etc.

The consistency of the talking points has made many people wonder if these were prepared by HBGary and although the CEO had to resign after the revelations in the email, did that stop BOA from using them anyhow?

When people are attacked with the same set of talking points, it does make you wonder.

I am glad finally to see a Liberal Blog stand up and apologize to Scahill and to him.

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