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Julian Assange Is Angry At Glenn Greenwald And He’s Not Going To Take It Anymore

War of the whistleblowers.

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In the left corner, Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks and the original 21st century champion of exposing government secrecy via whistleblowers. In the right corner, Glenn Greenwald, journalist and columnist whose National Security Agency reporting has shed light on mass government abuse of privacy. Assange is about to celebrate his second anniversary living in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London as he avoids an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct in Sweden. Greenwald, meanwhile, has won a Pulitzer for his reporting, for The Guardian newspaper.

2. The WikiLeaks Twitter account, widely believed to be run by Julian Assange, spent Monday criticizing a new article published by The Intercept, the new Firstlook Media venture run by Glenn Greenwald.

3. The story, based on documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden, revealed that the NSA is secretly recording “virtually every cell phone conversation” in the Bahamas and four other countries, one of which The Intercept did not name.

4. Greenwald defended the decision, and argued on Twitter that The Intercept withheld the fifth name because its staff was convinced it “could harm innocents.” He added that the NSA tried to get The Intercept to withhold all the country names.

5. But Assange had already lashed out with accusations of censorship.

It is not the place of Firstlook or the Washington Post to deny the rights of an entire people to know they are being mass recorded.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

It is not the place of Firstlook or WaPo to decide how a people will chose to act against mass breaches of their rights by the United States

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

8. Eventually he took it one step further — and basically compared Firstlook Media to the Bush administration.

Firstlook's argument for censoring name of entire nation recorded is the same as the argument Obama gave for censoring Abu Ghraib photos.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

9. Greenwald tried to show that it wasn’t a matter of censorship but safety.

@ioerror @johnjcook @wikileaks We published the names of FOUR countries the Post withheld - they withheld all.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

10. Greenwald has in the past lambasted media for withholding information, while Assange has been accused of endangering sources by reckless redacting.

@ioerror @johnjcook And @wikileaks also withheld info when they were convinced it could harm innocents - we were very convinced this 1 would

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

11. But Assange was having none of it.

@ggreenwald When has true published information harmed innocents? You are painting future publications into a corner with this Pentagon line

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

12. Then Greenwald was all: But you guys used to do this too.

@ioerror @johnjcook And @wikileaks also withheld info when they were convinced it could harm innocents - we were very convinced this 1 would

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

@ggreenwald The innocents in this equation are the entire nation of citizens who are being recorded. Everything else is doubtful speculation

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

@ageis @wikileaks No - it's based on particular physical vulnerabilities of the small company involved.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

15. Assange said that WikiLeaks redacting information in the past was a mistake.

@johnjcook @ggreenwald @ioerror On Iraq, yes; we were wrong and over-redacted to keep skittish US and UK media partners in coalition.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

16. Twitter was very entertained, seeing two titans of whistleblowing reporting going head to head.

Kind of amazing spat happening between @wikileaks and @ggreenwald right now...

— Ishaan Tharoor (@ishaantharoor)

17. Greenwald kept cool.

@ishaantharoor I think these debates are healthy to have out in the open. I wish newspapers did that more.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

18. Assange kept up the assault. And then he said this.

@ggreenwald The fact is Firstlook is acting like a bunch of racists who believe citizens of US dominated countries do not have rights.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

@wikileaks Given that we just published FOUR non-white countries whom the NSA wanted suppressed & the WP did suppress, that's absurd.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

20. Things got philosophical too.

@leahmcelrath @wikileaks Everything that's redacted can be unredacted, but not the other way around.

— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald)

@ggreenwald Outrageously untrue.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

22. The intrigue continues.

@GGreenwald @johnjcook We will reveal the name of the censored country whose population is being mass recorded in 72 hours.

— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks)

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