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The Intercept Killed a Story Which Would Have Named Guests at Bohemian Grove

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The Intercept, once heralded as a bastion of fearless and adversarial journalism, now finds itself embroiled in controversy as allegations surface of the suppression of critical stories and the erosion of its founding principles. At the center of this storm is a series of incidents where stories were allegedly held back or altered due to concerns from management, of donor displeasure, highlighting a troubling trend within the organization.

One such story revolves around a leaked membership list for the secretive Bohemian Grove, a private gentlemen’s club known for its influential membership. Despite efforts to verify the authenticity of the document, The Intercept’s management, led by the digital security manager Nikita Mazurov, expressed unwarranted concerns about source protection and potential repercussions. The story, which promised to shed light on the club’s influential members, was ultimately abandoned, leaving questions unanswered and truths obscured.

The new revelation, which comes about thanks to Ken Klippenstein who exposed The Intercept, a renowned investigative outlet, for suppressing a groundbreaking story about the secretive Bohemian Grove. The story, obtained by journalist Daniel Boguslaw from a leaked membership list, promised to unveil the inner workings of the exclusive club, which boasts business tycoons and former top officials like Henry Kissinger among its members.

However, The Intercept’s management, led by digital security manager Nikita Mazurov, halted the story’s publication, citing concerns about source protection. Despite Boguslaw’s assurance that the document had been obtained over a year ago from a trusted source, Mazurov treated it as if it were classified intelligence, demanding additional verification before publication.

In a bizarre turn of events, Mazurov posed outlandish hypothetical scenarios during a call with Boguslaw and editor Bill, questioning the legitimacy of the leaked document. His inquiries, likened to something out of a spy thriller, included speculations about alternate lists and CCTV footage, prompting an incredulous response from Bill.

Frustrated by the bureaucratic hurdles imposed by The Intercept’s management, Bill ultimately made the decision to abandon the story, much to Boguslaw’s disappointment. However, Boguslaw expressed admiration for Bill’s defiance against the stifling influence of officious bureaucrats within the organization.

This revelation sheds light on the challenges faced by journalists in navigating the increasingly complex landscape of digital security and source protection. It also raises concerns about the erosion of editorial independence and the stifling of investigative reporting within media organizations. As journalists strive to uncover the truth and hold power to account, it is imperative that they are supported by institutions committed to upholding the principles of transparency and press freedom.

Another instance involved a story detailing Jeff Bezos’s charitable contributions, which was initially met with resistance from The Intercept’s general counsel due to concerns about offending billionaire donors. Despite pushback from editorial staff, including threats of resignation, the story was ultimately published. However, the process exposed tensions within the organization and raised doubts about its commitment to independent journalism.

These incidents are indicative of a broader editorial crisis within The Intercept, where the pursuit of truth and accountability appears to be increasingly overshadowed by corporate interests and bureaucratic concerns. The organization’s shift away from its founding mission of holding power to account raises troubling questions about its future direction and integrity.

As journalists like Ken Klippenstein depart in search of more independent platforms, The Intercept faces a reckoning over its editorial decisions and journalistic values. The suppression of critical stories undermines public trust and erodes the credibility of an outlet once hailed for its uncompromising reporting. In an era of rampant misinformation and corporate influence, the need for fearless and adversarial journalism has never been greater. The Intercept must confront these challenges head-on and reaffirm its commitment to truth, transparency, and the public interest.

You can find more of Ken’s work here: https://www.kenklippenstein.com/

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Facebook, Instagram and Threads suffer major global outages on Super Tuesday

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Facebook, Instagram, and Threads, the trio of social media platforms under Meta’s umbrella, encountered a significant worldwide outage on Tuesday, disrupting user experiences across the globe.

During the outage, Facebook users found themselves unexpectedly logged out of their accounts and faced difficulties logging back in or changing passwords. Similarly, Instagram users encountered a frustrating “Couldn’t refresh feed” message, while Threads presented itself as a blank page.

The impact of the outage was widespread, with over 560,000 Facebook users initially reporting issues on Downdetector.com, a website that tracks service outages. As the situation progressed, the number of reported outages decreased to approximately 130,000 by shortly after 11 a.m. ET. Likewise, Instagram witnessed a surge in reported problems, with nearly 90,000 users affected at the peak of the outage. However, this figure diminished to around 25,000 users as the situation unfolded.

Meta’s spokesperson, Andy Stone, utilized X, formerly known as Twitter, to acknowledge the ongoing issues, stating, “We’re aware people are having trouble accessing our services. We are working on this now.”

This recent outage isn’t the first time Meta’s platforms have experienced such widespread disruption. In 2021, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger, all subsidiaries of Meta, suffered a five-hour outage attributed to a faulty server update, according to statements from the company.

The recurrence of such outages raises concerns about the reliability and robustness of Meta’s infrastructure, particularly given the massive user base relying on its platforms for communication, networking, and content consumption. Users and observers alike are left questioning the adequacy of Meta’s measures to prevent and swiftly address such disruptions in the future.

As Meta works to resolve the current outage and restore normalcy to its platforms, the incident serves as a stark reminder of the vulnerabilities inherent in our digital dependencies and the need for continuous vigilance in maintaining online services at scale.

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BOMBSHELL: New documents reveal that CISA tried censoring pro-Trump tweets in attempt to hide potential election fraud

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Today, America First Legal (AFL) released documents obtained from litigation against the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), revealing CISA flagged text messages supporting President Donald J. Trump for potential censorship. 

Documents previously obtained by AFL reveal that CISA was actively working to censor narratives about mail-in voting risks as “disinformation” ahead of the 2020 election. These new documents released today reveal that even after the election took place, CISA continued to be more concerned with securing Director Krebs’s narrative that this was “the most secure in American history,” rather than investigating whether the election was actually secure.

CISA Flagging Pro-Trump Political Text Messages

On November 9, 2020, the day after the 2020 election, Brian Scully, a member of the “DHS Countering Foreign Interference Task Force” of CISA, sent an email with the subject “Text Msgs.” The email contained screenshots of fundraising texts for President Trump and the #StopTheSteal effort.

In his email, Scully noted, “A text message I just received. Fundraising around stop the steal.” 

A colleague at CISA replied “What’s your thoughts on how to handle? Or just for FYSA?” This email suggests that CISA was looking for every opportunity to take action to potentially censor conservative pro-Trump speech. 

Scully replied, “I think FYSA. Not sure we can do anything with something I get on my own.”

CISA’s Post-election “Disinformation Sitrep”

After election day, CISA continued to collect mis- and dis-information reports through “official channels” and “3rd Party fact checkers.” Despite CISA’s understanding that the 2020 election actually presented more risks due to the widespread adoption of mail-in voting, CISA officials automatically assumed all reported suspicions of fraud to be part of a “False Narrative” that required “counter-messaging.”

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Texas Attor­ney Gen­er­al Ken Pax­ton Wins $700 Mil­lion Set­tle­ment with Google for Anti­com­pet­i­tive Practices

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, together with attorneys general from every state and many territories, have reached a $700 million settlement with Google for their anticompetitive behavior related to the Google Play Store.

Google has been ordered to pay $630 million in reparations to customers who purchased on the Google Play Store between August 2016 and September 2023 who were injured by Google’s anticompetitive actions. In addition, the internet behemoth will pay the states an extra $70 million in fines. The deal also compels Google to improve its business operations in order to reduce its unfair market advantage over other firms and consumers.

In 2021, a group of state attorneys general sued Google for illegally monopolizing the market for Android app distribution and in-app payment processing. Google, in particular, entered into anticompetitive arrangements to prohibit other app shops from being installed on Android devices, bribed important app developers not to launch items on competitor app stores, and erected technical obstacles to discourage users from directly downloading apps to their devices.

“Texas has led the nation in the fight to hold giant tech companies accountable for monopolistic activity,” said Attorney General Paxton. “I am proud that this settlement brought together so many states who recognized the importance of protecting free markets.”

To read the settlement, click here.

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