February 9th, 2014
01:21 PM ET

Criminalizing journalism?

Glenn Greenwald suggests new NSA surveillance details could be released as his new media venture launches. He also responds to comments made this week on Capitol Hill that journalists like himself could be criminal accessories for handling leaked documents.

Filed under: Blog • Edward Snowden • Glenn Greenwald • NSA • Reliable Sources
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    Another is that the powers that be do not want a technology that can assure total privacy of communications, that they cannot control.

    Finally, another possible answer is told in an extraordinary book Sheymov has just published, “TIEBREAKER: Tower of Secrets II.”

    Sheymov published his account of his career in the KGB, “Tower of Secrets,” in 1993. That book did not go beyond his exfiltration in 1980.

    “Tiebreaker” is Victor Sheymov’s account of his bizarre relationship with the CIA from 1980 to the present. It’s a story the CIA did not want him to write, but he never signed any statement agreeing to their review, so he is perfectly free to tell it.

    His Foreword is notable!

    Some of the events described in this book may not be particularly flattering to the CIA. The author would like to make it clear that if any government organization publicly challenges the factual events described in this book, he will feel compelled to publish relevant particulars and details of the challenged facts, such as exact places and real names of the participants, so that the descriptions can be conclusively verified.
    - V.S

    Even though the CIA had awarded him the highest possible medal, they proceeded to harass him and his family relentlessly for 20 years. How he responded and survived makes for quite a story.
    It also explains why Sheymov elected to self publish it.

    Why did they try and destroy him?
    Sheymov’s chilling conclusions, and his consequent brilliant analysis of the Aldrich Ames case, expose a deadly CIA culture. Just as dramatic is his experience with Robert Hanssen, the FBI mole who was trying to get a job with Invicta the day he was arrested.
    Finally, Tiebreaker tells the story of how VCC and InvisiLAN were developed by an extraordinary team of 60 top cryptographers and technologists, financed by the proceeds from a suit brought against the CIA by ex-CIA Director James Woolsey.

    And the CIA’s final twist of the screw.

    But far more important right now is that Victor Sheymov’s concept and proven technology offer a powerful solution to hacking, and go to the heart of the current NSA surveillance crisis, and indeed the whole issue of the right to privacy in electronic communications.

    We have heard, but cannot confirm, that VCC is discussed in material provided by Snowden.

    Victor Sheymov lives near Washington D.C. He is represented by Octagon.

    He has testified before Congress before, and is more than willing to do so again.


    Bio of Victor Sheymov:

    These are the relevant links for Sheymov’s books:

    Revised Edition of CYBERSPACE and SECURITY [Oct 2013. Kindle]

    TIEBREAKER: Tower of Secrets II [Oct 2013, Kindle]

    TOWER OF SECRETS (1993; Kindle 2013])



    February 10, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  98. Big Ron

    I don't have a clue who this reporter is. It sounds to me like he is going to try to make a name for himself by divulging information that might hurt us. Like it or not...nothing has changed since the beginning of time...we live on a dangerous planet. If what he has to "share" would hurt YOU, would you want him to.

    February 10, 2014 at 2:18 am | Reply
    • edwardsmorris

      How does big government keeping secrets from the people they are supposed to serve help us "live on a dangerous planet?" Are we to simply trust Big Daddy to take care of us without questioning, without knowing?

      February 10, 2014 at 11:32 am | Reply
    • jwinstonsf

      Your first sentence is the giveaway. If you don't know who Glen Greenwald is you are living in a bubble.

      February 10, 2014 at 12:30 pm | Reply
  99. Terry Gould

    Like it or not the truth is just that. Not always do we like the truth, if the truth hurts us of course we will not care for it. There are plenty of folks who do not like Mr. Greenwald because they have been involved in unsavory deeds and fear sunlight. These people need be held accountable and Glenn is doing his level best at uncovering the deeds themselves and perpetrators of those acts. Good for you Glenn and all who are willing to step up. Hero's one and all.

    February 9, 2014 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  100. edwardsmorris

    Good interview. Glenn is my hero.

    February 9, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Reply
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