Sorry, I meant Edward Snowden:
The list of those caught up in the global surveillance net cast by the National Security Agency and its overseas partners, from social media users to foreign heads of state, now includes another entry: American lawyers.
A top-secret document, obtained by the former N.S.A. contractor Edward J. Snowden, shows that an American law firm was monitored while representing a foreign government in trade disputes with the United States. The disclosure offers a rare glimpse of a specific instance in which Americans were ensnared by the eavesdroppers, and is of particular interest because lawyers in the United States with clients overseas have expressed growing concern that their confidential communications could be compromised by such surveillance.
The government of Indonesia had retained the law firm for help in trade talks, according to the February 2013 document. It reports that the N.S.A.’s Australian counterpart, the Australian Signals Directorate, notified the agency that it was conducting surveillance of the talks, including communications between Indonesian officials and the American law firm, and offered to share the information.
My favorite part of this getting front page NYT coverage will be watching the usual suspects in this affair (Bob Cesca and Charles Johnson- no hyperlink until he fucking stops bombarding people with fucking pop-up ads, I am looking at you) do one of a few things, much like wingnuts did during the Beauchamp Boogaloo- either completely ignore this, re-read it 100 times until they find one detail they don’t like and then, of course, the whole thing is invalid and Glenn Greenwald is a liar, just flame anyone who mentions it as being a member of the Snowden “cult of personality,” or just claim this is old news and HEY- EVERYONE SPIES. They’ll be frantic, because this kind of report, clearly written and easy for everyone to understand, on the pages of the NYTimes, is a big deal- read the piece, people are afraid to do business with us because of the lawlessness of our government.
And the band plays on.