"I'm confused about this mainly because I can't understand the startling divide between the language one hears from the European financial industry, and the language one hears in European politics. There is virtually no one in the Dutch political scene calling for anything like what the Dutch financial industry wants. I find this bizarre. But perhaps I'm just used to the American political scene, where whatever Wall Street wants gets put in a package, express-mailed to Washington, and is on the floor of Congress the next day." --a blogger at Democracy in America.
So Reality Winner, former NSA contractor, is in federal prison for leaking classified information — for five years and three months, the longest sentence of any whistleblower in history. She gave documents on how Russia had attempted to hack vendors of election machinery and software to The Intercept , which completely bungled basic security procedures (according to a recent New York Times piece from Ben Smith, the main fault lay with Matthew Cole and Richard Esposito ), leading to her capture within hours. Winner recently contracted COVID-19 in prison, and is reportedly suffering some lingering aftereffects. Glenn Greenwald has been furiously denying that he had anything at all to do with the Winner clusterfuck, and I recently got in an argument with him about it on Twitter. I read a New York story about Winner, which clearly implies that she was listening to the Intercepted podcast of March 22, 2017 , where Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill expressed skepticism about Russia actually b