Oh yes, who can forget President Pat Cipollone? No, the failure to pardon Assange falls on one man, and history will remember it was not a White House lawyer. twitter.com/CassandraRules/sta

On Feb 9th, I'll be unveiling the new Young Reader's edition of my first book, Permanent Record, with the far-sighted @doctorow. There are very few books like this accessible for children. copperfieldsbooks.com/event/ed

Don't miss this extraordinary profile of my good friend @WolfgangKaleck's lifelong battle against impunity for official crimes. He is the reason many Bush-era officials—including Bush himself—have been afraid to travel to Europe. newrepublic.com/article/160515

I would rather be without a state than without a voice.

Before people accuse going unpardoned as influencing my rhetoric, here are the receipts showing me saying exactly the same thing last year on national TV: newsweek.com/edward-snowden-sa

My thinking on the Assange pardon is very simple: setting aside all else, Trump will either be remembered as the first President since JFK who from his first to last day in office was hated by the NSA, CIA, and FBI, or as the one who caved to pressure at the very last moment.

Reports that Trump has let himself be bullied out of pardoning Assange, mistakenly believing Senate Republicans won't vote to impeach him if he caves.

Once he's out of power, they're going to vote to impeach him anyway. Which, well——that's one way to be remembered.

If Assange goes unpardoned because he didn't bribe somebody, it will say everything that needs to be said about this broken age. nytimes.com/2021/01/17/us/poli

Many of the questions I'm getting about @SignalApp can be answered by reading this article a lot of folks missed about its founder, @Moxie. newyorker.com/magazine/2020/10

I hope that The Intercept will, in time, come to recognize that they have not handled Laura's concerns appropriately and apologize—if not to Laura, then at least to their source.

But no matter how @TheIntercept handled the Winner case, we should never forget that it is the state that is ultimately responsible for her imprisonment. It is an injustice for a whistleblower to spend one minute in prison, yet she has served years. She must be freed.

So when Laura says she was fired because she said things that executives found unpalatable, I believe her. That her concerns related to concerns of source protection—in the case of Reality Winner—makes it for me all the more tragic.

As an intensely private person, Laura Poitras has not sought the credit she deserves for her role in what is now quite literally written about in history books as the biggest story of the last decade. But her work changed the public mind around the world.

Nobody outside the story understood how much pressure we were under. It is not an exaggeration to say that a single mistake could have sent everyone involved to prison—or worse. And during the most sensitive period of the reporting, Laura had the hardest part of it.

I've said before that of all the journalists I worked with to break the mass surveillance story, none of them took operational security or source protection as seriously as Laura. I never once saw her cut a corner or break a rule. She was the only one who could make me feel lax.

Laura Poitras, the Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist who was the first to work on the top secret NSA mass surveillance story, has been fired by @TheIntercept in retaliation for speaking to the media about their mishandling of the Reality Winner case. washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/m

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