JackRiddler » 11 minutes ago wrote:It can't be said he "burned himself."
As he says in the transcript from 2014, he revealed himself. As I would say, he courageously did the right thing and spoke out in person at multiple appearances. This started in 2013 and resulted in a first raid of his house by the FBI, after which he expected that they might indict him. So he knew what he was doing and of course they have been after him for five years now. Since his material was being published by Scahill in The Intercept, it was not a mystery to the bad guys regarding whom they would investigate. This has been a discretionary call by the government, which has now belatedly decided to go ahead with the repressive move. Again, in no way can this be compared to the Winner case, or be laid at the feet of the outlet that published Hale's material.
In the simplest words, there is no relevance to defending or criticizing the Intercept in this case, although of course it must be defended as a publisher. It matters most to focus on the actual perpetrator of repression, the US government.
By revealed, are you saying he admitted being Scahill's source prior to his arrest? That's not how I interpret it, though I don't discount my missing something. It's an important point, theoretically at least, as his admission would go a long way toward his successful prosecution.
You'll get no argument from me regarding sustained and consistent criticism of the perpetrator of oppression. Nevertheless, the source of any evidence that contributes to the prosecution is not to be ignored. It is possible to do that without exonerating the US government. "Focus" is not the best choice of words in this context, in my opinion.