Well, for Part Two of the ongoing scrubbing of Birther Wayne Madsen, the Guardian goes ahead and deigns to run with the NSA story it had pulled only a few hours ago. See the link in Note 1 below for Part One, which occurred between yesterday and earlier today.
From The Privacy Surgeon blog we find this excerpt:
By Simon Davies
Update: Sunday June 30, 2013. 17.03 GMT
Following a rather turbulent sequence of events in the reporting of this blog by the Observer and Guardian newspapers, coverage can now be found in the Guardian story here.
A former contractor to the US National Security Agency (NSA) has told the Privacy Surgeon that communications intelligence arrangements between the US and Europe are much more “complex, murky and far reaching” than the public has been led to believe.
Wayne Madsen, formerly a lieutenant with the US Navy, first started working for the NSA in 1985, and over twelve years held a number of sensitive contract positions that exposed him to technical and operational aspects of the agency. He maintains a close relationship with the intelligence community.
Madsen spoke to the Privacy Surgeon yesterday to express his concern about the “half story” being conveyed by EU politicians about the extent of NSA activities in the region.
Here is the link to the full article:
The Guardian, which had pulled the story ( as a result of Madsen’s silly Birther theories in my opinion) subsequently ran the story without mentioning Wayne Madsen at all. Here is the link to the new Madsen-less Guardian story.
If you are a glutton for detail, you can compare the new story to the old story (see Note 1 below) to catch the exact manner in which Madsen was scrubbed. Or, if you have better things to do, you can just compare these few paragraphs:
Original Guardian Story:
Wayne Madsen, a former US navy lieutenant who first worked for the NSA in 1985 and over the next 12 years held several sensitive positions within the agency, names Denmark, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Spain and Italy as having secret deals with the US.
Madsen said the countries had “formal second and third party status” under signal intelligence (sigint) agreements that compels them to hand over data, including mobile phone and internet information to the NSA if requested.
In an interview published last night on the PrivacySurgeon.org blog, Madsen, who has been attacked for holding controversial views on espionage issues, said he had decided to speak out after becoming concerned about the “half story” told by EU politicians regarding the extent of the NSA’s activities in Europe.
New Guardian Story:
However, Simon Davies, an intelligence expert and project director at the London School of Economics who writes the Privacy Surgeon blog, suggested the NSA‘s role had been given a sharper focus following amendments to the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (Fisa).
In an interview published in full last night on Davies’ blog, former NSA director General Michael Hayden said: “The changes made to Fisa in 2008 were far more dramatic – far more far-reaching than anything President Bush authorised me to do.”
Davies told the Observer that confirmation of the secret agreements showed there was a need for the EU to investigate.
“It’s clear that the European parliament must intervene at this point through a public inquiry,” Davies said. “MEPs should put the interests of their citizens above party politics and create meaningful reforms.”
Meanwhile, Madsen is sure that it is the NSA which got him the boot. From his website:
WAYNE MADSEN REPORT
Information that is already in the public domain can still be spiked and censored: Like this article on European Union countries complaining about NSA surveillance while they assist NSA is conducting that very same surveillance. This article in The Guardian was taken down because the surveillance powers are becoming uncomfortable in the sunshine.
Now, all we need is the NSA to provide us the details of communications back and forth between the Guardian staff and we will have the absolute truth of it. But you know, Madsen and the Birthers have overlooked a much simpler explanation. To wit, some clever Obots and Anti-Birthers simply got him scrubbed the same way we got Justia to scrub all those Minor v. Happersett links!
Note 1. Kudos to Little Green Footballs blog for breaking this story. A link to that website can be found in our story about this topic published earlier in the day:
Note 2. The Title and The Image. The line, “Aye There’s The Rub!” comes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the big To be or not to be soliloquy scene. Hamlet was Danish, which explains the Great Deign pun. Wayne Madsen’s father was also Danish.
The Image is from a Pears Soap ad. Which also explains the mouseover Easter Egg about “Oh, Pears!” You know au pairs. Nannies who . . .And she’s bathing the kid. . . Oh, I will just be quiet now.