posted on Jun, 27 2013 @ 07:24 AM
Just to set the record straight: The title of the thread is a misrepresentation and a misquote. It gives a false impression and I think intentionally
so. ES never stated that he wanted all leakers - as individual persons - shot as in ASSASSINATED etc............The correct phrasing is ---> "In
2009, the tech geek declared on a Web forum that groups (as opposed to individuals) such as WikiLeaks and The New York
Times, which publish sensitive government information, “should be shot in the balls.”
For further clarification and vindication regarding ES's remarks - the key word here is CLASSIFIED
: The confusion over Snowden's next moves
that were reported by Ars Technica showed some chat conversations from 2009 in which ES expressed contempt for anyone who leaked
information. In the quote getting the most play, he wrote (under the handle TheTrueHOOHA) that the anonymous
sources who fed the New York Times information for a story about Iran "should be shot in the balls." As for the newspaper, “They’re
reporting classified s---” Snowden wrote. “You don’t put that s--- in the NEWSPAPER.”
It (the issue of classified info) has always been a key point of ES's ethic as reported by Glenn Greenwald as well. This is a subject that I posted on
earlier in these forums. I will dig it out now..........
To shoot someone (or something) in the balls is a mere figure of speech as in "hey man f*** with me an you just might get "shot in the balls."
edit on 27-6-2013 by Guadeloupe because: (no reason given)