Saturday, 25 June 2016

What A State! - Hack Attack


Calling Canberra, Kerkyra, Bucuresti and Tiraspol!!!!

Piss-poor intrusion attacks have been attempted on our 'FootballisFixed' Twitter feed.
We have blocked these hacks.

We are retaliating, like we do.
Our heuristic algorithms are markedly better than these hackers' intrusion detection system, and we are providing crypto-routes (via Tiraspol) - despite the issue of complicating network effects.

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Forward all leaks to the usual network.

We will avoid posting on 'FootballisFixed' Twitter until we gain all of the knowledge that we require to go to the law enforcement agencies over these hacking attempts.

This will only add to our 'Big Story'.

Our final tweet prior to pitiful hack related to a government entity and systemic corruption in UK football which, quite obviously, is of no consequence whatsoever.

Our British underground locus will still terminate operations on August 1st..

This message will self-destruct in 24 hours :)

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Look At The State...


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Timeline of the Development of Conspiratorial Systemic Matchfixing in the English Premier League and Linkages to Parallel Corruptions across Europe and South East Asia together with Disclosures of Complicity at Senior UK Governmental Levels
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Over 1300 blog posts are archived and many links below are not publicly accessible.
You do understand why.

But don't say we never give you nothing...
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Jun 25 2016 - 'FootballisFixed' Twitter feed attacked by those who should be more careful in covering their tracks - our heuristic algorithms are better than their intrusion detection system. Separately, the UK still awaits the resignation of George Osborne over Brexit - we know where he is hiding!


Jun 24 2016 - Internal Document released to our cellular network detailing the full range of impacts of the xenophobic Brexit vote on British football and, in particular, the situation regarding the resignation of David Cameron and the inevitable removal of George Osborne which will leave a huge infrastructural hole in a systemic operation.

Jun 24 2016 - 19 players and coaches in France have been sanctioned by the Ligue de Football Professionnel for betting on games involving their own team. The coaches are Alexandre Dellal and Emmanuel Valance (Nice), Pierrer Barrieu (Le Havre), Jean-Michel Huriez (Caen), Julien Witkowski (Reims) and Robin Crouzil (Toulouse).

Jun 21 2016 - FA considering sacking Roy Hodgson after Key Sports/TPO-biased selection gaffe puts England in impossible half of the draw for Euro 2016 - highest paid international manager's tournament finals record is just 4 wins in 14 games http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-hodgson-template.html

Jun 18 2016 - The corruption template utilised by the systemic operation in the UK has been exported to the Euro 2016 Finals in France - 13 of the first 24 matches have been matchfixing events (including both England games). Additionally, a number of nations are utilising blood doping.


Jun 15 2016 - Premier League fixtures for season 2016/17 released. Leicester City, remarkably, are given a home game after each of their Champions League Group Stage matches.

Jun 14 2016 - Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims that UEFA fix the draws for cup competitions via the cooling of balls. Internal statistical analyses of UEFA and FIFA draws show robust evidence of contrived formats at both bodies (including Euro 2016).

Jun 13 2016 - UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) become even more superfluous to integrity in sport by announcing that in future sportspeople to be tested will be warned via social media in advance of such testing..

Jun 7 2016 - Plans announced on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange for the takeover of Birmingham City by Trillion Trophy Asia for £37 million. Original owners BIHL (fronted by Carson Yeung who has recently been released from prison) have had their share listing suspended since 2014.

Jun 6 2016 - Suning Commerce Group have purchased a 68.55% stake in Inter Milan paying £220 million as part of a £590 million deal. The remainder of the club is owned by Indonesian Erick Thohir.

Jun 3 2016 - Ladbrokes, having entirely taken over all aspects of the Scottish game, becomes the official betting partner of the English FA.

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Jun 1 2016 - Deloitte announce that British clubs from the top four leagues generated over £4bn in revenue with EPL accounting for £3.3bn in season 2015/16. The German Bundesliga generated £1.8bn in the same period. Neither figure includes revenues from insider trading in the betting markets.

May 27 2016 - Jose Mourinho is named as the new manager of Manchester United in a victory for Gestifute over those systemically corrupting the British game.


May 21 2016 - Martin Bain announced as the new CEO of Sunderland which, considering his role at Rangers under Sir David Murray in the Charlotte Fakes era, is truly shocking.

May 20 2016 - Claudio Ranieri is made Grande Ufficiale dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana (Grand Officer of the Italian Order of Merit) for his secondary role in guiding Leicester City to EPL title.

May 20 2016 - Brendan Rodgers named as the new manager of Glasgow Celtic (as expected after majority shareholder Dermot Desmond's leak of yesterday).

May 20 2016 - Premier League to assess Tony Xia over FPPT as the league decides to be stricter over SE Asian club ownership structures in response to the Leicester City matrix. Xia has 'intriguing' links in the UK.

May 18 2016 - Aston Villa, who were relegated from Premier League after being targeted by corrupt match officials, are bought on the cheap by Chinese businessman Tony Xia for £65m.

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May 9 2016 - Michel Platini resigns as president of UEFA after failing to overturn ban from all footballing activities. Ban subsequently reduced to 4 years.

May 8 2016 - Glasgow Celtic win the SPFL Title on the same weekend that client club Oxford United are promoted from League Two in England. 

May 5 2016 - The Offshore Game release Charlotte Fakes documents about Rangers and SFA. Report is co-authored by a Celtic fan and a fuckwit hipster and is both flawed in content and lacks independence as all of TOG's initial funding came from CQN proprietor Paul Brennan.

May 2 2016 - Great 48 hour period for certain SE Asian bookmakers as Leicester City win Premier League and Salford City promoted from Evo-Stik Premier League.

Apr 27 2016 - The FA and Sheffield Wednesday may face corporate criminal charges over the Hillsborough disaster as detectives examine evidence that pre-match warnings were ignored.

Apr 26 2016 - Full Leicester City disclosures shared with our cellular network. A redacted version will be published on Football is Fixed in due course.


Apr 25 2016 - Leicester City virtually seal Premier League title after Tottenham fail to beat WBA. Five minutes after Spurs game finishes - when it no longer mattered - the FA announce an extra one match ban for Jamie Vardy's swearing at referee Jon Moss.

Apr 23 2016 - Liverpool player Mamadou Sakho fails UEFA drug test in Europa League match versus Manchester United. This shows how UEFA testing works unlike the FA system as Dr Mark Bonar revelations demonstrated.

Apr 23 2016 - After Martin Atkinson pulled out of refereeing Liverpool v Newcastle, the pgMOB make 6 changes of official in 7 Premier League games in order to get the outcomes required.

Apr 15 2016 - Reinhard Grindel becomes new DFB president and systemic matchfixing in the Bundesliga that was instigated at the mid-season break is immediately halted.

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Apr 12th 2016 - BBC and BT Sport sign a deal to cover the FA Cup until 2021 (BT Share Price 441.15 rising 3.2% over the next week).

Apr 6 2016 - Full listing of 155 individual sportspeople who visited Dr Mark Bonar's Harley Street clinic relating to Performance Enhancing Substances  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/in-celebration-of-elite.html

Apr 3 2016 - The Sunday Times discloses Dr Mark Bonar's doping operation with Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester City and Birmingham City plus individuals from other sports.

Apr 3 2016 - The Doping Of Leicester City Players - post published on Football is Fixed detailing the doctor behind the use of Performance Enhancing Substances at Leicester City  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-doping-of-leicester-city-players.html


Apr 2 2016 - The Success Of Leicester City Is A Conspiracy - post published on Football is Fixed detailing all aspects of the systemic corruption underpinning the 'fairy tale' of Leicester City  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-success-of-leicester-city-is.html

Apr 1 2016 - Chancellor George Osborne is accused of "putting China first" by Nick Clegg and rigging the steel markets by putting Chinese interests ahead of those of UK workers.  http://mainlymacro.blogspot.co.uk/2016/04/the-big-story-behind-port-talbot.html

Mar 30 2016 - Peter Lim sacks Gary Neville as Valencia manager.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-sesenta-y-nueve.html

Mar 29 2016 - Sharing, within our cellular network, estimations and models revealing the total amount of money being illicitly gained via systemic matchfixing in the Premier League - from very senior UK governmental levels down to individual operatives.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-sesenta-y-siete.html

Mar 18 2016 - Disclosure of a 20% 'secret' ownership stake in Leicester City.
 http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/webb-of-lies.html

Mar 18 2016 - FIFA signs sponsorship deal with the Wanda Group covering the next four World Cups in a deal worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

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Mar 11 2016 - Post disclosing Oxford United as the first Trojan Horse team backed by secret investors linked to Glasgow Celtic.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-cincuenta-y-siete.html

Mar 11 2016 - Rafa Benitez appointment as new manager of Newcastle United following the sacking of Steve McClaren.

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Mar 9 2016 - Disclosure of attempts by ############################ to get Rafa Benitez installed as the new manager of Newcastle United.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-cincuenta-y-tres.html

Mar 6 2016 - Publication of updated post on systemic corruption in the Premier League involving Leicester City. A follow up to earlier post last month and including details of the abuse of Performance Enhancing Substances.  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/webb-of-lies.html

Mar 5 2016 - New season of the Chinese Super League opens with a matchfixing event between Guangzhou R&F and Hebei CFFC.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-cuarenta-y-nueve.html

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Mar 4 2016 - Initial release of information relating to two League Two English teams backed by secret investors linked to Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers.  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/glasgow-celtics-leap-year-leap-into.html


Mar 3 2016 - Due to the impact of documents stolen from the club on behalf of 'Football Leaks', the KNVB announce that is unlikely that Twente Enschede will be playing professional football next season.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/snitching-cuarenta-y-cinco.html

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Mar 2 2016 - Wang Jianlin, China's richest man, the chairman of Dalian Wanda visits the UK.

Feb 29 2016 - Full internal disclosure of the systemic corruptions and criminalities orchestrated by 'Football Leaks'.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-cuarenta-y-cuatro.html

Feb 26 2016 - First hints released about Glasgow Celtic investing in Oxford United in order to gain membership of the Championship within 3 years.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-cuarenta.html

Feb 24 2016 - Ofcom reach a decision not to break up BT over Openreach. BT share price increases by 4.7% to 479.80.

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Feb 22 2016 - Dispatch of internal documents and proofs relating to the fixing of UEFA Champions League and Europa League matches by individuals associated with the systemic corruption in the Premier League.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-treinta-y-seis.html

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Feb 13 2016 - Exposure of the creation of an illicit Match Centre in the German Bundesliga linked to the equivalent structure in the Premier League.  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/the-onset-of-systemic-matchfixing-in.html

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Feb 12 2016 - Inter Milan's Indonesian president Erik Thohir announces plans to seek Chinese investors in the club.

Feb 12 2016 - Sharing of this full Timeline with our global cellular network.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-treinta.html

Feb 10 2016 - UEFA expresses concern at the dismal viewing fgures on BT Sport for Champions League games for which the channel paid £897 million in a three-year deal - share price falls 3.5% in next 48 hours.  http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/bt-sports-free-air-champions-7350024

Feb 10 2016 - Internal document detailing all of the individuals involved in the criminalities that form the basis of 'Football Leaks'.  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-veintiocho.html

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Feb 6 2016 - Initial release on Football is Fixed of details of systemic matchfixing favouring Leicester City and linked to BT Sport and BBC (post now archived but updated on Mar 6 2016)  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/webb-of-lies.html

Feb 3 2016 - Disclosure of MOBgate/Cashopoli linkage to very senior figures in the UK Conservative government.  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-veintiseis.html


Feb 2 2016 - BT suffers a major broadband outage across the UK. Share price falls from 496.00 to 454.80 (8.3%) in the following week.

Feb 2 2016 - Exposing primary territory communication routes relating to 'Football Leaks' and their aggravated theft of documents.
http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/snitching-veinticuatro.html

Jan 31 2016 - The Guardian newspaper attempting to obfuscate systemic corruption in Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/chats-shit.html

Jan 27 2016 - Sharing of documents, recordings, intercepts, data and analyses relating to Cashopoli systemic matchfixing in the Premier League.
http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/snitching-dieciseis.html

Jan 27 2016 - Further internal disclosures in relation to Mike Ashley, Steve McClaren, Newcastle United and Mondial agencies.
http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/snitching-quince.html

Jan 26 2016 - Chinese LED light manufacturer takes over sponsorship of Portuguese Liga Pro from the beginning of next season. Chinese coaches sent over to work with three clubs.

Jan 25 2016 - Post detailing the battle over turf between Britain and Iberian peninsula operations.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/hitting-mattresses_40.html

Jan 23 2016 - Full list of aliases, communications, Twitter accounts, profiling and corruption evidences relating to John Colquhoun.
http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/snitching-diez.html

Jan 21 2016 - Chen Yansheng, the owner of toy-car makers Rastar, becomes the majority shareholder of Espanyol in Spain's La Liga.

Jan 18 2016 - Exposing via chapeau blanc activities the real owners of the 'Football Leaks' website as a UK matchfixing and Third Party Ownership operation who utilise stolen documents for proprietary gain.
http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/

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Jan 12 2016 - Exposing the illicit use of video technology for proprietary financial advantage via the Premier League Match Centre.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/the-men-who-sold-world.html

Jan 10 2016 - Revealing insider trading and matchfixing in FA Cup 3rd Round ties.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2016/01/stickybeaking-standover-man.html

Jan 2016 - Contracts and documents stolen from Real Madrid and made available to 'Football Leaks'.


Jan 4 2016 - Rafa Benitez sacked as manager of Real Madrid.

Jan 3 2016 - The New York Times reports serious issues with last year's takeover of ADO Den Haag by Wang Hui.  http://www.nytimes.com/2016/01/04/sports/soccer/dutch-soccer-team-ado-den-haag-chinese-owner-wang-hui.html?_r=0

Dec 18 2015 - George Osborne imposes cuts of 20% on BBC following two meetings with Rupert Murdoch.

Dec 18 2015 - Jose Mourinho sacked after the most biased refereeing against a top team in over two decades at any of the major European leagues.

Dec 14 2015 - Cashopoli - Systemic Corruption and Matchfixing in the Premier League. Post published on Football is Fixed blog  http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/bizarre-patterns-indicative-of-systemic_14.html

Dec 2 2015 - Detailing the Cashopoli systemic corruption on BT Sport televised matches, Chelsea matches under Jose Mourinho and aiding Leicester City to Champions League qualification.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/bizarre-patterns-indicative-of-systemic.html

Dec 1 2015 - Chinese Media Capital announce a £265 million investment into Manchester City for a 13% share in the City Football Holding Group.

Nov 22 2015 - Why Celtic board do not want to get the titles distorted by Rangers' EBT scheme returned.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/take-ebt-money-and-run.html

Nov 19 2015 - Jorge Mendes of Gestifute agency sells stake to Foyo Culture, a company controlled by Guo Guangchang, the chairman of investment company Fosun.

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Nov 8 2015 - Detailing linkage between tax avoidance and BT Sport and BBC football.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/the-hmrc-tax-avoidance-list-of-shame.html


Nov 8 2015 - How Rangers gained competitive advantage via use of EBT scheme.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/orangeopoli.html

Nov 4 2015 - Exposing communications that show inappropriate linkages between Rangers and the SFA.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/an-arranged-marriage-between-rangers.html

Nov 2 2015 - Initial exposure of Cashopoli in 2015/16 season.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/a-very-select-group.html

Nov 2 2015 - Jose Mourinho fined £40,000 for comments about pgMOB referee Jonathan Moss.

Oct 31 2015 - Conclusion of Chinese Super League season which witnessed a 17% increase in attendance. Many more world class players to join league for 2016 season.

Oct 23 2015 - Sun Jihai installed in National Football Museum's Hall of Fame when David Cameron and Chinese president Xi Jinping visit Manchester.


Oct 19 2015 - Exposing link between matchfixing events at Newcastle United and the duopoly of power in Glasgow.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/11/a-very-select-group.html

Oct 17 2015 - The cartelisation of the two primary clubs in Glasgow.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/10/the-sevco-seven_17.html

Oct 2015 - Setting up of 'Football Leaks' by ######################## due to fragmentation of cartel of corruption.

Oct 3 2015 - Jose Mourinho implies "bias" by pgMOB referees and is fined £50,000.

Oct 3 2015 - 'Football Leaks' send email trying to blackmail Gestifute-linked Doyen Sports.
http://futbol.as.com/futbol/2016/01/23/internacional/1453561644_635176.html

Sep 23 2015 - Chancellor George Osborne makes donation of £3 million for 'training of Chinese football coaches' on state visit to China.

Sep 21 2015 - Conclusion of the 7th UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue.

Sep 15 2015 - Launch of new secure server in Tiraspol. To remain in use until Mar 15th 2016. Then launch SNOOZING AND SNEEZING on SYnonymous  http://synomic.blogspot.co.uk/


Sep 2015 - Contracts and documents relating to Doyen Sports stolen from Sporting Clube de Portugal.

Sep 6 2015 - The reality of omerta in Scottish football.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/fakes.html

Sep 4 2015 - Shanghai-based CEFC China Energy Company acquire a 59% stake in Czech club Slavia Prague.

Aug 26 2015 - Exposing the financial and duplicitous reasons behind Celtic underachieving in Europe.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/08/mamma-mia-calling-shade.html

Aug 23 2015 - La Liga BBVA Match Centre established for direct communication with match referees. Cashopoli structure of matchfixing spreads to Spain.

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Aug 9 2015 - New illicit matchfixing operation - Cashopoli - established in the Premier League coinciding with a complete deconstruction of the matrices of the global betting markets.

Jul 2015 - Internal decision taken to fragment the cartel that exists between the Gestifute group of agencies and the Stellar/Key Sports cartel.

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Jul 20 2015 - BT Sport recruit Howard Webb to provide opinions on match decisions in live games. He replaces Mark Halsey who was sacked for questioning the selection of Jonathan Moss as FA Cup Final referee (BT Share Price 477.90).


Jun 9 2015 - BBC and BT Sport intensify ties with Match of the Day's Gary Lineker signing deal to front BT Sport's Champions League coverage (BT Share Price 453.50).

Jun 2 2015 - The role of betting markets in selection of 2015 FA Cup Final referee.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/the-issues-with-mark-clattenburg.html

May 30 2015 - Revealing the reaction of other professional referees to the appointment of Jonathan Moss to referee the FA Cup Final 2015.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/what-other-referees-think-of.html

May 24 2015 - After having won only 4 Premier League games all season, following Howard Webb's appointment to start selecting match officials Leicester City win 7 of the last nine to survive for another season.

May 23 2015 - Exposing links between Roy Hodgson and players at John Colquhoun's Key Sports Management.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/05/the-hodgson-template.html


May 11th 2015 - Baron Livingston of Parkhead resigns as Minister of State for Trade and Investment having overseen 26% rise in share price in 17 months (BT Share Price 463.00).

May 8 2015 - George Osborne is additionally made First Secretary of State in new government.

May 6 2015 - Celtic hierarchy block release to the mainstream media of evidence of illegal activities relating to Rangers and the UEFA license.

May 1 2015 - The launch of Match Fixing Analytics consultancy.
http://www.matchfixinganalytics.org/

Apr 17 2015 - Hong Kong-listed electrical manufacturer Tech Pro takeover French team Sochaux.

Apr 13 2015 - English matchfixing scandal reaches court. Ignored by mainstream media.
http://trichotomoustriptychities.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/proceedings-of-faceyswaibu-matchfixing.html

Apr 12 2015 - Revealing that Betfair accept inside information with non-disclosure to monitoring groups.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/bet-not-so-feckin-fair-after-all.html

Apr 2 2015 - Silvio Berlusconi announces sale of AC Milan to Chinese investors for around €1 billion. The deal which is closely linked to the Chinese government has still to be confirmed publicly at the time of writing.

Mar 24 2015 - Data-driven proof of matchfixing and systemic oversight in Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/a-pre-epilogue-beginning-of-end.html

Mar 19 2015 - Following our revelations Keren Barratt is removed from position of selecting pgMOB Premier League referees, being replaced by Howard Webb.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/the-sole-individual-who-selects-select.html

Mar 7 2015 - Post detailing the selection biases in appointments of Premier League referees.
http://trichotomoustriptychities.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/mocking-zeitgeist.html

Mar 4 2015 - The government establishes an inquiry into the merger of BT Group and EE under the Competitions and Market Authority. Baron Livingston of Parkhead remains a government minister (BT Share Price 459.20).

Mar 1 2015 - How British members of IFAB are able to block the utilisation of legitimate video technology in football.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/03/a-pre-epilogue-beginning-of-end.html

Feb 12 2015 - Exposing the liquidity of global betting markets.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/the-impact-of-extreme-financial.html

Feb 10 2015 - The Wanda Group announce the purchase of Swiss marketing company Infront Sports & Media for £889 million gaining control of FIFA World Cup tv broadcasts.

Feb 10 2015 - Publishing unexplained biases and evidences of insider trading on matches refereed by Jonathan Moss.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/once-dead-good-and-bad-are-covered-by.html

Jan 23 2015 - ADO Den Haag announce that the club is to be bought by Chinese businessman Wang Hui for $8.9 million.

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Jan 21 2015 - Dalian Wanda become the first Chinese company to invest in European soccer by taking a 20% stake in Atletico Madrid.

Dec 28 2014 - Jose Mourinho claims a "clear campaign" against Chelsea by referees and is fined £25,000 after contesting the Premier League charge.

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Sep 22 2014 - Disclosing the templates of systemic matchfixing in the Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/once-dead-good-and-bad-are-covered-by.html

Sep 22 2014 - Peter Lim buys a 50% share in Salford City from Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville.


Aug 19 2014 - Exposing the takeovers of British football clubs by non-Fit-and-Proper entities.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/the-ongoing-takeover-of-british.html

Aug 16 2014 - Premier League launches illicit Match Centre with direct and private communications to match officials.

Aug 2014 - Howard Webb retires to become technical director of pgMOB.

Jul 31 2014 - Analysis of insider trading by members of the Celtic board in their loss to Legia Warszawa.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/insider-trading-is-not-match-fixing.html

Jun 20 2014 - Corruptions linked to England's worst ever World Cup performance.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/did-you-not-like-that.html

May 17 2014 - Peter Lim takes over ownership of Valencia.  https://web.archive.org/web/20140517173123/http://www.straitstimes.com/news/sport/football/story/football-singapore-billionaire-peter-lim-new-owner-spanish-football-club-v

May 3 2014 - Leicester City promoted to Premier League.

Apr 21 2014 - Major article - MOBgate - the original post exposing systemic corruption in the Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/mobgate_21.html

Apr 19 2014 - Jose Mourinho contests charge of complaining about pgMOB referees. Fined £10,000.

Mar 15 2014 - Jose Mourinho fined £8,000 for comments about pgMOB referees.

Jan 24 2014 - Chinese company Dalian Wanda to invest up to $5 billion in the UK according to prime minister David Cameron.  http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-wanda-britain-idUKBREA0N15M20140124

Jan 13 2014 - Exposing historical linkages going back over two decades between football agent John Colquhoun and pgMOB referee Jonathan Moss.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/john-colquhoun-and-jonathan-moss.html

Jan 4 2014 - The inappropriate sponsorship by Barclays of the Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/youarefootball.html

Dec 31 2013 - The hidden agendas of the Celtic hierarchy.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/celtic-schisms.html

Dec 11 2013 - Baron Livingston of Parkhead takes up his position as Minister of State for Trade and Investment despite being in possession of £20 million of shares in BT, a company of which he was previously CEO and that he will oversee in this role (BT Share Price 366.90).


Nov 29 2013 - Our reaction to the Telegraph revealing matchfixing in English football.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/surfing-zeitgeist-of-corruption.html

Nov 28 2013 - Telegraph publishes details of matchfixing in English football.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/football-is-fixed.html

Nov 19 2013 - Jose Mourinho fined £8,000 for comments about pgMOB referees.

Nov 15 2013 - Celtic fans fail in AGM bid to force the club to report the SFA over Rangers and UEFA license. No substantial support given by club to 'Resolution 12' since this date.

Nov 9 2013 - BT Sport gain rights to Champions League for £897 million (BT Share Price 379.80).

Oct 30 2013 - Exposing a cartel of football agents working together to undermine integrity in Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/introducing-skwbs.html

Oct 13 2013 - George Osborne and Chinese government sign one of the largest ever joint ventures to build Manchester's 'Airport City'.

Sep 15 2013 - Publishing article showing that a £500,000 insider gamble was landed on a Premier League match refereed by Jonathan Moss.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/half-million-pound-insider-gamble.html

Sep 10 2013 - The offer of consultancy contract at Celtic is removed over what we have been informed were "concerns  about our forensic abilities in relation to internal corrupt activities at Celtic". Club secretary Michael Nicholson claimed that the contract would have been against UEFA rules. Not so.

Sep 6 2013 - Following meeting with Celtic CEO Peter Lawwell, our consultancy is employed by the club to oversee 2013/14 Champions League campaign.

Sep 3 2013 - Swiss based private investor group Legion Worldwide announce that they have led the buy out of John Colquhoun's agency Key Sports Management.

Aug 18 2013 - Danny Murphy becomes a pundit on BBC Match of the Day programme.


Aug 15 2013 - BT and Virgin sign wholesale BT Sport deal (BT Share Price 325.80).

Aug 1 2013 - BT Sport launched (BT Share Price 339.60).

Jul 15 2013 - Ian Livingston made a life peer - Baron Livingston of Parkhead (BT Share Price 339.20).

Jul 4 2013 - Evidences regarding the fixing of an England U21 international by players from one agency.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/a-match-structure-and-agency-to-set_13.html

Jun 2013 - Sir Michael Rake (chairman of BT Group) becomes president of CBI.

Jun 13 2013 - Ian Livingston resigns as chief executive of BT (BT Share Price 312.80).


May 2 2013 - BT Sport channels added to satellite directory advertising future launch.

May 2013 - BT Group rebrand tv services as BT TV.

Apr 28 2013 - Systemic matchfixing helping Manchester United to win the Premier League title.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/manchester-united-premier-league.html

Apr 27 2013 - New Premier League chairman Anthony Fry elected by four man panel (including Bet 365 owner) - Fry represents Portuguese investment bank Espirito Santo.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/leading-bookmaker-chooses-new-premier.html

Apr 3 2013 - Exposing the matchfixing of the Champions League game between Manchester United and Gestifute's Real Madrid managed by Jose Mourinho.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/pot-calling-kettle.html

Mar 2013 - UK government Department of Trade and Investment concludes Asia Task Force.

Mar 17 2013 - BBC and BT Sport create first link up with Clare Balding Show BT Share Price 276.70).

Feb 5 2013 - Full details of the actors in a Premier League fixed match (including Roy Hodgson and John Colquhoun).
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/hodgson-hedge_5.html


Feb 2013 - Contracts and documents relating to Doyen Sports stolen from Twente Enschede.

Jan 31 2013 - Provided provisional evidences to Paul Kelso (then at the Telegraph) over matchfixing in the Premier League. Quoting his links to John Colquhoun, he was not willing to receive full evidences.

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Nov 29 2012 - BT Sport announces location of production house.

Nov 20 2012 - BT Sport bags two Sky EPG slots for it's sports channels (BT Share Price 219.00).

Aug 2 2012 - Inter Milan announce that a group of Chinese investors are to become the second largest shareholders in the club  http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-inter-china-idUKBRE8710L920120802

Jul 2012 - Sir Michael Rake (chairman of BT Group) turns down offer of chairmanship of Barclays.

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Jun 13 2012 - Premier League rights sold to BT Sport and Sky for £3 billion (BT Share Price 201.20).

May 1 2012 - Roy Hodgson appointed manager of England. We publish that control of integrity of England international matches has now passed to the bookmakers.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/bookmakers-to-takeover-england-team.html

Apr 29 2012 - Exposing links between Gavin Masterton a former boss of Royal Bank of Scotland and Rangers.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/sir-minty-dodgy-bank-shady-company-and.html

Feb 1 2012 - Data-based proof of a pgMOB referee favouring Manchester United.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/peter-walton-is-red-bastard.html

Jan 28 2012 - We release first post suggesting collusion in matchfixing between UK and China.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2012/01/who-controls-referees.html

Dec 2011 - UK government launches Asia Task Force.

Dec 7 2011 - SFA and Rangers collude over issues relating to Ranger's UEFA license.

Dec 2 2011 - The Guardian newspaper launches 'The Secret Footballer' with input from John Colquhoun and Danny Murphy.

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Jul 2011 - Celtic chief executive chosen to be a member of SFA's new professional game board.

Feb 11 2011 - Roy Hodgson appointed manager of West Bromwich Albion where John Colquhoun is the club agent.

Aug 2010 - Leicester City sold to Asian Football Investments by Milan Mandaric.

Jul 1 2010 - Roy Hodgson becomes manager of Liverpool and installs John Colquhoun as club agent.

May 11 2010 - George Osborne becomes Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Mar 14 2010 - Raising issues relating to the officiating of Jonathan Moss.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2010/03/doing-little-deal-down-moss_14.html


Oct 6 2009 - Exposing issues relating to the Premier League's Fit-and-Proper-Persons-Test.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2009/10/premier-league-is-ponzi-scheme-based-on.html

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Jun 2009 - Mike Riley appointed manager of the pgMOB refereeing body.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2009/08/changeover-to-kipper-state-of.html

Mar 20 2009 - Premier League welcoming human rights abusers as club owners.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2009/03/burying-crystals-burying-bodies-burying.html


Nov 28 2008 - We expose decision to allow control of matches by ex-referees instead of open source video technology - the preparation for the illegal Match Centre established in 2014.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/hawkeye-or-howard-webb-integrity-or.html

Nov 2008 - 'Football is Fixed' receive threats after exposing matchfixing event in Premier League featuring Fulham and Wigan Athletic in which Andrew Johnson knew he was going to score pre-match. Threats traced to John Colquhoun's offices in Soho.

Oct 29 2008 - Fixed Premier League game between Fulham and Wigan Athletic exposed accidentally on BBC Match of the Day programme. Refereed by Howard Webb.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/we-are-footballs-financial-fraud-squad.html

Oct 5 2008 - Exposing the fixing of the UEFA Cup Final between Zenit St Petersburg and Rangers.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2008/10/kin-ell-kinnear-rangers-sold-uefa-final.html

Jun 1 2008 - Ian Livingston becomes chief executive of BT (BT Share Price 222.00).

May 11 2008 - Fulham retain Premier League status at the expense of Reading after a matchfixing event at Portsmouth via a winning goal from Danny Murphy. Refereed by Mark Clattenburg.

May 10 2008 - We expose the corruptions to be played out on the final day of the Premier League season.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2008/05/fantastic-and-phantasmagoric.html

Mar 4 2008 - Exposing issues relating to the refereeing of Howard Webb.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2008/03/howard-webb-of-deceit.html

Mar 2008 - 'Football is Fixed' turn down the option of working alongside John Colquhoun.


Oct 2007 - Celtic club agent John Colquhoun approaches 'Football is Fixed' over consultancy work.

Oct 28 2007 - Ian Livingston (CEO of BT Retail) joins the Celtic board (BT Share Price 319.75).

Aug 22 2007 - Premier League welcomes Shinawatra.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/richard-scudamore-desperately-seeking.html

Aug 11 2007 - Exposing sponsorship of Premier League referees by a human rights abuser.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/shinawatra-sponsoring-premiership.html

Aug 4 2007 - Exposing Third Party Ownership issues in the Premier League.
http://footballisfixed.blogspot.co.uk/2007/08/when-is-3rd-party-agreement-not-3rd.html

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Saturday, 11 June 2016

The End Of Play

Jamie Vardy's Magic Bandage

Before the heroic Mr Vardy started wearing his Magic Bandage, he had scored 1 Premier League goal in half a season.
Thereafter he scored 28 goals in 46 games.

If we were Mr Vardy, we would patent that Magic Bandage.
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In 1976, philosopher Jean Baudrillard sent his essay 'Forget Foucault' to the French magazine Critique where Michel Foucault was an editor.
Foucault was asked to reply, but remained silent.

When 'Forget Foucault' was subsequently published in book form, Baudrillard added a dialogue where he deconstructed his own early post-Marxian critical thinking - 'Forget Baudrillard'.

And what has this got to do with football, we hear you ask?
Baudrillard's Theory of the Phases of the Image, that's what!

Do Not Forget Baudrillard!

Football was Play. It started out as a sport played to agreed rules (1st Phase).

Local businessmen took over clubs for personal gain while players still played sport. As soon as Money hits Play, Play is fucked (2nd Phase).

When the Money is linked to parallel but otherwise independent betting markets, insider trading and corruption govern the sport. Match outcomes are dependent on private agendas. Football no longer exists as a sport (3rd Phase).

By the time the corruption is systemic then everything is fake - football is "a simulacra bearing no relation to reality whatsoever".
Football is now merely a form of entertainment - like wrestling in the old days or WWE, horseracing, tennis, cricket or the dogs nowadays (4th Phase).

It somehow seems apt that Euro 2016 is being distorted in Baudrillard's France but, by-passing that charade, let's look at the English Premier League and, humbly, suggest the adding of a 5th Phase of the Image to Baudrillard's societal analysis.

King Power Land The British Football Franchise Trophy In Insider Coup



Leicester City were gifted the Premier League title last season - a team linked to disgraced blood doper Dr Mark Bonar moved from being the least fit team in the league to the second fittest literally overnight prior to the last 9 games of the 14/15 season. This fitness level was maintained throughout their title-winning season and, interestingly, Leicester only experienced 12 injuries (out of 620 in the league) and also had the fastest recovery times from such injuries to boot.

This infrastructure achieved conspiratorial levels when an inner group of Premier League pgMOB referees started markedly favouring Leicester and undermining potential competitors at the very same date - April 2015.
Little wonder insiders at BT Sport and the BBC were insider trading at such volume on the Foxes pre-season at up to 5,000/1 - that would be the insider trading based on a systemic corruption that extends to senior UK governmental levels.

20% of Leicester City is owned by a secret investor who paid £8m to have the Premier League ignore his stake. After the title was landed, New York-based Private Company Financial Intelligence reasoned that this stake would have increased to £88m - true private profiteering harmony from a South East Asian perspective!

In effect, Leicester City's title win was a gift to very rich people in Thailand, China, Singapore and the UK (and her Offshore Financial Centres)...
... the 4th Phase of the Image in full effect!


But the success of Leicester City was also a triumph of media-fanned absurdity.
There is a 5th Phase of the Image based entirely upon this fake.

From the moment the Leicester team bus picked up Jamie Vardy-lookalike (postman Lee Chapman), Key Sports agents via their coercive control of mainstream media outlets ran with the story in excess. And it is Key Sports primary sluice John Colquhoun who is behind the turning of the fake that is Vardy into a Hollywood movie which we all eagerly anticipate.

The postman was included in this hyperreality until he gained his own media representation. Chapman was then blocked on Twitter by both Vardy and his wife and Key Sports did what they do best by threatening Chapman: "If you do anything that affects Jamie's image directly and his endorsement deals we will take legal action."

And, as we speak, Lee Chapman is travelling around the beaches of France dressed up as Jamie Vardy (even down to the disguising arm bandages) having selfies taken with British tourists who have elevated this postman briefly onto the primary level celebrity circuit.
Chapman even feels that he can offer opinions on the fake story of Vardy being transferred to Arsenal - "If Jamie moved to Arsenal it would be massive for my own personal brand and for my finances. You're going to get more recognition" stated our narcissistic postie.

As we said, the 5th Phase of the Image!

The Bigger Picture



The fragmented cartel of corrupting forces destroying the integrity of British football are making a fortune out of their systemic conspiracy.
Contacts within FIFA, UEFA, the bookmaking sectors of SE Asia and Europe as well as our cellular network reckon that between £6 billion and £24 billion was conspiratorially laundered via matchfixing in EPL last season.

When smoking gun intelligence of matchfixing is provided, the state and enforcement agencies have no desire to proceed - indeed, "withdraw" is the enforcement cry!

And the only way that UK Anti Doping (UKAD) would have taken seriously the evidence presented to it of systemic doping in sport is if the information had been hacked.
In response to the Sunday Times exposures, UKAD moved quickly - now sportspeople are to be warned on social media over impending drug testing so that they might behave appropriately!

UKAD is not fit for purpose.

As Dick Pound, the former president of the World Anti Doping Authority (WADA) stated: "Too many people involved in sport do not want the anti-doping system to work."

Nor do the industry want any action against matchfixing - every single agency monitoring matchfixing is fake or suffers from regulatory capture. These bodies are a part of the problem.

And it has recently reached the stage whereby the value of a player who is willing to undertake matchfixing is higher than an equivalent player of integrity, as a corrupted team will make more money out of gaming the markets on a percentage of matches than always playing in a sporting manner.

All senior figures in government, football institutions, mainstream media and the bookmaking sector understand that systemic corruption is being facilitated for private gain in British football.
There is an arbitrage in knowledge between this inner corrupt neohyperreality and the largely gullible fans' perceptions of reality which are still couched in their pseudo-religious support of their club - we determinedly place Football is Fixed within this arbitrage gap.

But fans unconsciously understand that the game is up as demonstrated by the falling attendances that the Premier League are so desperate to mask.
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The Leicester City fake 'triumph' is the biggest sports story of recent times.
Although portrayed as a fairy tale, it is in fact an affront to the integrity and validity of UK soccer...
... and the eventual implosion of disclosure will be terminal.

Jean Baudrillard: "It is no longer a question of imitation, nor duplication, nor even parody. It is a question of substituting the signs of the real for the real... We are moving ever closer to high definition, in other words to the useless perfection of images. Which, by the same token, are no longer images, having been produced in real time... There lies the dilemma: either simulation is irreversible, there is no going beyond simulation, it is no longer even an event, it is our absolute banality, it is an everyday obscenity, we are in terminal nihilism, and are preparing ourselves for a mindless repetition of all the forms of our culture, waiting for an unpredictable event - but where would it come from?"

Football has become iconoclastic. Modern iconoclasm no longer consists in destroying images but in manufacturing a profusion of images where there is nothing to see - the use of instant replays to rewrite the history of unfortunate occurrences!

It is the End of Play.
Believe Baudrillard!

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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Why The Media Isn't Doing Its Job by Edward Snowden and Emily Bell

The Tow Center for Digital Journalism’s Emily Bell spoke to Edward Snowden over a secure channel about his experiences working with journalists and his perspective on the shifting media world. This is an excerpt of that conversation, conducted in December 2015. It will appear in a forthcoming book: Journalism After Snowden: The Future of the Free Press in the Surveillance State, which will be released by Columbia University Press in 2016.

Emily Bell: Can you tell us about your interactions with journalists and the press?

Edward Snowden: One of the most challenging things about the changing nature of the public’s relationship to media and the government’s relationship to media is that media has never been stronger than it is now. At the same time, the press is less willing to use that sort of power and influence because of its increasing commercialization. There was this tradition that the media culture we had inherited from early broadcasts was intended to be a public service. Increasingly we’ve lost that, not simply in fact, but in ideal, particularly due to the 24-hour news cycle.

We see this routinely even at organizations like The New York Times. The Intercept recently published The Drone Papers, which was an extraordinary act of public service on the part of a whistleblower within the government to get the public information that’s absolutely vital about things that we should have known more than a decade ago. These are things that we really need to know to be able to analyze and assess policies. But this was denied to us, so we get one journalistic institution that breaks the story, they manage to get the information out there. But the majors—specifically The New York Times—don’t actually run the story, they ignore it completely. This was so extraordinary that the public editor, Margaret Sullivan, had to get involved to investigate why they suppressed such a newsworthy story. It’s a credit to the Times that they have a public editor, but it’s frightening that there’s such a clear need for one.

In the UK, when The Guardian was breaking the NSA story, we saw that if there is a competitive role in the media environment, if there’s money on the line, reputation, potential awards, anything that has material value that would benefit the competition, even if it would simultaneously benefit the public, the institutions are becoming less willing to serve the public to the detriment of themselves. This is typically exercised through the editors. This is something that maybe always existed, but we don’t remember it as always existing. Culturally, we don’t like to think of it as having always existed. There are things that we need to know, things that are valuable for us, but we are not allowed to know, because The Telegraph or the Times or any other paper in London decides that because this is somebody else’s exclusive, we’re not going to report it. Instead, we’ll try to “counter-narrative” it. We’ll simply go to the government and ask them to make any statement at all, and we will unquestioningly write it down and publish it, because that’s content that’s exclusive to us. Regardless of the fact that it’s much less valuable, much less substantial than actual documented facts that we can base policy discussions on. We’ve seemingly entered a world where editors are making decisions about what stories to run based on if it’ll give oxygen to a competitor, rather than if it’s news.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this, because while I do interact with media, I’m an outsider. You know media. As somebody who has worked in these cultures, do you see the same thing? Sort of the Fox News effect, where facts matter less?

The distance between allegation and fact, at times, makes all the difference in the world.

Bell: It’s a fascinating question. When you look at Donald Trump, there’s a problem when you have a press which finds it important to report what has happened, without a prism of some sort of evaluation on it. That’s the Trump problem, right? He says thousands of Muslims were celebrating in the streets of New Jersey after 9/11 and it’s demonstrably not true. It’s not even a quantification issue, it’s just not true. Yet, it dominates the news cycle, and he dominates the TV, and you see nothing changing in the polls—or, rather, him becoming more popular.

There are two things I think here, one of which is not new. I completely agree with you about how the economic dynamics have actually produced, bad journalism. One of the interesting things which I think is hopeful about American journalism is that within the last 10 years there’s been a break between this relationship, which is the free market, which says you can’t do good journalism unless you make a profit, into intellectually understanding that really good journalism not only sometimes won’t make a profit, but is almost never going to be anything other than unprofitable.

I think your acts and disclosures are really interesting in that it’s a really expensive story to do, and it is not the kind of story that advertisers want to stand next to. Actually people didn’t want to pay to read them. Post hoc they’ll say, we like The Guardian; we’re going to support their work. So I agree with you that there’s been a disjuncture between facts and how they are projected. I would like to think it’s going to get better.

You’re on Twitter now. You’re becoming a much more rounded out public persona, and lots of people have seen Citizenfour. You’ve gone from being this source persona, to being more actively engaged with Freedom of the Press Foundation, and also having your own publishing stream through a social media company. The press no longer has to be the aperture for you. How do you see that?

Snowden: Today, you have people directly reaching an audience through tools like Twitter, and I have about 1.7 million followers right now (this number reflects the number of Twitter followers Snowden had in December 2015). These are people, theoretically, that you can reach, that you can send a message to. Whether it’s a hundred people or a million people, individuals can build audiences to speak with directly. This is actually one of the ways that you’ve seen new media actors, and actually malicious actors, exploit what are perceived as new vulnerabilities in media control of the narrative, for example Donald Trump.

At the same time these strategies still don’t work […] for changing views and persuading people on a larger scope. Now this same thing applies to me. The director of the FBI can make a false statement, or some kind of misleading claim in congressional testimony. I can fact-check and I can say this is inaccurate. Unless some entity with a larger audience, for example, an established institution of journalism, sees that themselves, the value of these sorts of statements is still fairly minimal. They are following these new streams of information, then reporting out on those streams. This is why I think we see such a large interplay and valuable interactions that are emerging from these new media self-publication Twitter-type services and the generation of stories and the journalist user base of Twitter.

If you look at the membership of Twitter in terms of the influence and impact that people have, there are a lot of celebrities out there on Twitter, but really they’re just trying to maintain an image, promote a band, be topical, remind people that they exist. They’re not typically effecting any change, or having any kind of influence, other than the directly commercial one.

Bell: Let’s think about it in terms of your role in changing the world, which is presenting these new facts. There was a section of the technology press and the intelligence press who, at the time of the leaks, said we already know this, except it’s hidden in plain sight. Yet, a year after you made the disclosures, there was a broad shift of public perception about surveillance technologies. That may recede, and probably post-Paris, it is receding a little bit. Are you frustrated that there isn’t more long-term impact? Do you feel the world has not changed quickly enough?

Snowden: I actually don’t feel that. I’m really optimistic about how things have gone, and I’m staggered by how much more impact there’s been as a result of these revelations than I initially presumed. I’m famous for telling Alan Rusbridger that it would be a three-day story. You’re sort of alluding to this idea that people don’t really care, or that nothing has really changed. We’ve heard this in a number of different ways, but I think it actually has changed in a substantial way.

Now when we talk about the technical press, or the national security press, and you say, this is nothing new, we knew about this, a lot of this comes down to prestige, to the same kind of signaling where they have to indicate we have expertise, we knew this was going on. In many cases they actually did not. The difference is, they knew the capabilities existed.

This is, I think, what underlies why the leaks had such an impact. Some people say stories about the mass collection of internet records and metadata were published in 2006. There was a warrantless wiretapping story in The New York Times as well. Why didn’t they have the same sort of transformative impact? This is because there’s a fundamental difference when it comes down to the actionability of information between knowledge of capability, the allegation that the capability could be used, and the fact that it is being used. Now what happened in 2013 is we transformed the public debate from allegation to fact. The distance between allegation and fact, at times, makes all the difference in the world.

That, for me, is what defines the best kind of journalism. This is one of the things that is really underappreciated about what happened in 2013. A lot of people laud me as the sole actor, like I’m this amazing figure who did this. I personally see myself as having a quite minor role. I was the mechanism of revelation for a very narrow topic of governments. It’s not really about surveillance, it’s about what the public understands—how much control the public has over the programs and policies of its governments. If we don’t know what our government really does, if we don’t know the powers that authorities are claiming for themselves, or arrogating to themselves, in secret, we can’t really be said to be holding the leash of government at all.

One of the things that’s really missed is the fact that as valuable and important as the reporting that came out of the primary archive of material has been, there’s an extraordinarily large, and also very valuable amount of disclosure that was actually forced from the government, because they were so back-footed by the aggressive nature of the reporting. There were stories being reported that showed how they had abused these capabilities, how intrusive they were, the fact that they had broken the law in many cases, or had violated the Constitution.

When the government is shown in a most public way, particularly for a president who campaigned on the idea of curtailing this sort of activity, to have continued those policies, in many cases expanded them in ways contrary to what the public would expect, they have to come up with some defense. So in the first weeks, we got rhetorical defenses where they went, nobody’s listening to your phone calls. That wasn’t really compelling. Then they went, “It’s just metadata.” Actually that worked for quite some time, even though it’s not true. By adding complexity, they reduced participation. It is still difficult for the average person in the street to understand that metadata, in many cases, is actually more revealing and more dangerous than the content of your phone calls. But stories kept coming. Then they went, well alright, even if it is “just metadata,” it’s still unconstitutional activity, so how do we justify it? Then they go—well they are lawful in this context, or that context.

They suddenly needed to make a case for lawfulness, and that meant the government had to disclose court orders that the journalists themselves did not have access to, that I did not have access to, that no one in the NSA at all had access to, because they were bounded in a completely different agency, in the Department of Justice.

This, again, is where you’re moving from suspicion, from allegation, to factualizing things. Now of course, because these are political responses, each of them was intentionally misleading. The government wants to show itself in the best possible light. But even self-interested disclosures can still be valuable, so long as they’re based on facts. They’re filling in a piece of the puzzle, which may provide the final string that another journalist, working independently somewhere else, may need. It unlocks that page of the book, fills in the page they didn’t have, and that completes the story. I think that is something that has not been appreciated, and it was driven entirely by journalists doing follow-up.

There’s another idea that you mentioned: that I’m more engaged with the press than I was previously. This is very true. I quite openly in 2013 took the position that this is not about me, I don’t want to be the face of the argument. I said that I don’t want to correct the record of government officials, even though I could, even though I knew they were making misleading statements. We’re seeing in the current electoral circus that whatever someone says becomes the story, becomes the claim, becomes the allegation. It gets into credibility politics where they’re going, oh, you know, well, Donald Trump said it, it can’t be true. All of the terrible things he says put aside, there’s always the possibility that he does say something that is true. But, because it’s coming from him, it will be analyzed and assessed in a different light. Now that’s not to say that it shouldn’t be, but it was my opinion that there was no question that I was going to be subject to a demonization campaign. They actually recorded me on camera saying this before I revealed my identity. I predicted they were going to charge me under the Espionage Act, I predicted they were going to say I helped terrorists, blood on my hands, all of that stuff. It did come to pass. This was not a staggering work of genius on my part, it’s just common sense, this is how it always works in the case of prominent whistleblowers. It was because of this that we needed other voices, we needed the media to make the argument.

Because of the nature of the abuse of classification authorities in the United States, there is no one that’s ever held a security clearance who’s actually able to make these arguments. Modern media institutions prefer never to use their institutional voice to factualize a claim in a reported story, they want to point to somebody else. They want to say this expert said, or this official said, and keep themselves out of it. But in my mind, journalism must recognize that sometimes it takes the institutional weight to assess the claims that are publicly available, and to make a determination on that basis, then put the argument forth to whoever the person under suspicion is at the time, for example, the government in this case, and go—look, all of the evidence says you were doing this. You say that’s not the case, but why should we believe you? Is there any reason that we should not say this?

This is something that institutions today are loath to do because it’s regarded as advocacy. They don’t want to be in the position of having to referee what is and is not fact. Instead they want to play these “both sides games” where they say, instead we’ll just print allegations, we’ll print claims from both sides, we’ll print their demonstrations of evidence, but we won’t actually involve ourselves in it.

Because of this, I went the first six months without giving an interview. It wasn’t until December 2013 that I gave my first interview to Barton Gellman of The Washington Post. In this intervening period my hope was that some other individual would come forth on the political side, and would become the face of this movement. But more directly I thought it would inspire some reflection in the media institutions to think about what their role was. I think they did a fairly good job, particularly for it being unprecedented, particularly for it being a segment in which the press has been, at least in the last 15 years, extremely reluctant to express any kind of skepticism regarding government claims at all. If it involved the word “terrorism,” these were facts that wouldn’t be challenged. If the government said, look, this is secret for a reason, this is classified for a reason, journalists would leave it at that. Again, this isn’t to beat up on The New York Times, but when we look at the warrantless wiretapping story that was ready to be published in October of an election year, that [election] was decided by the smallest margin in a presidential election, at least in modern history. It’s hard to believe that had that story been published, it would not have changed the course of that election.

Bell: Former Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson has said her paper definitely made mistakes, “I wish we had not withheld stories.” What you’re saying certainly resonates with what I know and understand of the recent history of the US press, which is that national security concerns post-9/11 really did alter the relationship of reporting, particularly with administration and authority in this country. What we know about drone programs comes from reporting, some of it comes from the story which The Intercept got hold of, and Jeremy Scahill’s reporting on it, which has been incredibly important. But a great deal of it has also come from the ground level. The fact that we were aware at all that drones were blowing up villages, killing civilians, crossing borders where they were not supposed to be really comes from people who would report from the ground.

Something interesting has definitely happened in the last three years, which makes me think about what you are telling us about how the NSA operates. We’re seeing a much closer relationship now between journalism and technology and mass communication technology than we’ve ever seen before. People are now completely reliant on Facebook. Some of that is a commercial movement in the US, but you also have activists and journalists being regularly tortured or killed in, say, Bangladesh, where it’s really impossible to operate a free press, but they are using these tools. It is almost like the American public media now is Facebook. I wonder how you think about this? It’s such a recent development.

Snowden: One of the biggest issues is that we have many more publishers competing for a finite, shrinking amount of attention span that’s available. This is why we have the rise of these sort of hybrid publications, like a BuzzFeed, that create just an enormous amount of trash and cruft. They’re doing AB testing and using scientific principles. Their content is specifically engineered to be more attention getting, even though they have no public value at all. They have no news value at all. Like here’s 10 pictures of kittens that are so adorable. But then they develop a news line within the institution, and the idea is that they can drive traffic with this one line of stories, theoretically, and then get people to go over onto the other side.

Someone’s going to exploit this; if it’s not going to be BuzzFeed, it’s going to be somebody else. This isn’t a criticism of any particular model, but the idea here is that the first click, that first link is actually consuming attention. The more we read about a certain thing, that’s actually reshaping our brains. Everything that we interact with, it has an impact on us, it has an influence, it leaves memories, ideas, sort of memetic expressions that we then carry around with us that shape what we look for in the future, and that are directing our development.

Bell: Yes, well that’s the coming singularity between the creation of journalism and large-scale technology platforms, which are not intrinsically journalistic. In other words, they don’t have a primary purpose.

Snowden: They don’t have a journalistic role, it’s a reportorial role.

Bell: Well, it’s a commercial role, right? So when you came to Glenn and The Guardian, there wasn’t a hesitation in knowing the primary role of the organization is to get that story to the outside world as securely and quickly as possible, avoiding prior restraint, protecting a source.

Is source protection even possible now? You were extremely prescient in thinking there’s no point in protecting yourself.

Snowden: I have an unfair advantage.

Bell: You do, but still, that’s a big change from 20 years ago.

Snowden: This is something that we saw contemporary examples of in the public record in 2013. It was the James Rosen case where we saw the Department of Justice, and government more broadly, was abusing its powers to demand blanket records of email and call data, and the AP case where phone records for calls that were made from the bureaus of journalism were seized.

That by itself is suddenly chilling, because the traditional work of journalism, the traditional culture, where the journalist would just call their contact and say, hey, let’s talk, suddenly becomes incriminating. But more seriously, if the individual in question, the government employee who is working with a journalist to report some issue of public interest, if this individual has gone so far to commit an act of journalism, suddenly they can be discovered trivially if they’re not aware of this.

I didn’t have that insight at the time I was trying to come forward because I had no relationship with journalists. I had never talked to a journalist in any substantive capacity. So, instead I simply thought about the adversarial relationship that I had inherited from my work as an intelligence officer, working for the CIA and the NSA. Everything is a secret and you’ve got two different kinds of cover. You’ve got cover for status, which is: You’re overseas, you’re living as a diplomat because you have to explain why you’re there. You can’t just say, oh, yeah, I work for the CIA. But you also have a different kind of cover which is what’s called cover for action. Where you’re not going to live in the region for a long time, you may just be in a building and you have to explain why you’re walking through there, you need some kind of pretext. This kind of trade-craft unfortunately is becoming more necessary in the reportorial process. Journalists need to know this, sources need to know this. At any given time, if you were pulled over by a police officer and they want to search your phone or something like that, you might need to explain the presence of an application. This is particularly true if you’re in a country like Bangladesh. I have heard that they’re now looking for the presence of VPN [virtual private network software] for avoiding censorship locks and being able to access uncontrolled news networks as evidence of opposition, allegiance, that could get you in real trouble in these areas of the world.

At the time of the leaks I was simply thinking, alright the governmentand this isn’t a single government now—we’re actually talking about the Five Eyes intelligence alliance [the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia, Canada] forming a pan-continental super-state in this context of sharing, they’re going to lose their minds over this. Some institutions in, for example, the UK, can levy D notices, they can say, look, you can’t publish that, or you should not publish that. In the United States it’s not actually certain that the government would not try to exercise prior restraint in slightly different ways, or that they wouldn’t charge journalists as accomplices in some kind of criminality to interfere with the reporting without actually going after the institutions themselves, single out individuals. We have seen this in court documents before. This was the James Rosen case, where the DOJ had named him as sort of an accessory—they said he was a co-conspirator. So the idea I thought about here was that we need institutions working beyond borders in multiple jurisdictions simply to complicate it legally to the point that the journalists could play games, legally and journalistically more effectively and more quickly than the government could play legalistic games to interfere with them.

Bell: Right, but that’s kind of what happened with the reporting of the story.

Snowden: And in ways that I didn’t even predict, because who could imagine the way a story like that would actually get out of hand and go even further: Glenn Greenwald living in Brazil, writing for a US institution for that branch, but headquartered in the UK, The Washington Post providing the institutional clout and saying, look, this is a real story, these aren’t just crazy leftists arguing about this, and Der Spiegel in Germany with Laura [Poitras]. It simply represented a system that I did not believe could be overcome before the story could be put out. By the time the government could get their ducks in a row and try to interfere with it, that would itself become the story.

Bell: You’re actually giving a sophisticated analysis of much of what’s happened to both reporting practice and media structures. As you say, you had no prior interactions with journalists. I think one of the reasons the press warmed to you was because you put faith in journalists, weirdly. You went in thinking I think I can trust these people, not just with your life, but with a huge responsibility. Then you spent an enormous amount of time, particularly with Glenn, Laura, and Ewen [MacAskill] in those hotel rooms. What was that reverse frisking process like as you were getting to know them? My experience is as people get closer to the press, they often like it less. Why would you trust journalists?

Snowden: This gets into the larger question—how did you feel about journalists, what was the process of becoming acquainted with them? There’s both a political response and a practical response. Specifically about Glenn, I believe very strongly that there’s no more important quality for a journalist than independence. That’s independence of perspective, and particularly skepticism of claims. The more powerful the institution, the more skeptical one should be. There’s an argument that was put forth by an earlier journalist, I.F. Stone: “All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” In my experience, this is absolutely a fact. I’ve met with Daniel Ellsberg and spoken about this, and it comports with his experience as well. He would be briefing the Secretary of Defense on the airplane, and then when the Secretary of Defense would disembark right down the eight steps of the plane and shake hands with the press, he would say something that he knew was absolutely false and was completely contrary to what they had just said in the meeting [inside the place] because that was his role. That was his job, his duty, his responsibility as a member of that institution.

Now Glenn Greenwald, if we think about him as an archetype, really represents the purest form of that. I would argue that despite the failings of any journalist in one way or another, if they have that independence of perspective, they have the greatest capacity for reporting that a journalist can attain. Ultimately, no matter how brilliant you are, no matter how charismatic you are, no matter how perfect or absolute your sourcing is, or your access, if you simply take the claims of institutions that have the most privilege that they must protect, at face value, and you’re willing to sort of repeat them, all of those other things that are working in your favor in the final calculus amount to nothing because you’re missing the fundamentals.

There was the broader question of what it’s like working with these journalists and going through that process. There is the argument that I was naïve. In fact, that’s one of the most common criticisms about me today—that I am too naïve, that I have too much faith in the government, that I have too much faith in the press. I don’t see that as a weakness. I am naïve, but I think that idealism is critical to achieving change, ultimately not of policy, but of culture, right? Because we can change this or that law, we can change this or that policy or program, but at the end of the day, it’s the values of the people in these institutions that are producing these policies or programs. It’s the values of the people who are sitting at the desk with the blank page in Microsoft Office, or whatever journalists are using now.

Bell: I hope they’re not using Microsoft Office, but you never know.

Snowden: They have the blank page …

Bell: They have the blank page, exactly.

Snowden: In their content management system, or whatever. How is that individual going to approach this collection of facts in the next week, in the next month, in the next year, in the next decade? What will the professor in the journalism school say in their lecture that will impart these values, again, sort of memetically into the next cohort of reporters? If we do not win on that, we have lost comprehensively. More fundamentally, people say, why did you trust the press, given their failures? Given the fact that I was, in fact, quite famous for criticizing the press.

Bell: If they had done their job, you would be at home now.

Snowden: Yeah, I would still be living quite comfortably in Hawaii.

Bell: Which is not so bad, when you put it that way.

Snowden: People ask how could you do this, why would you do this? How could you trust a journalist that you knew had no training at all in operational security to keep your identity safe because if they screw up, you’re going to jail. The answer was that that was actually what I was expecting. I never expected to make it out of Hawaii. I was going to try my best, but my ultimate goal was simply to get this information back in the hands of the public. I felt that the only way that could be done meaningfully was through the press. If we can’t have faith in the press, if we can’t sort of take that leap of faith and either be served well by them, or underserved and have the press fail, we’ve already lost. You cannot have an open society without open communication. Ultimately, the test of open communication is a free press. If they can’t look for information, if they can’t contest the government’s control of information, and ultimately print information—not just about government, but also about corporate interests, that has a deleterious impact on the preferences of power, on the prerogatives of power. You may have something, but I would argue it’s not the traditional American democracy that I believed in.

So the idea here was that I could take these risks because I already expected to bear the costs. I expected the end of the road was a cliff. This is actually illustrated quite well in Citizenfour because it shows that there was absolutely no plan at all for the day after.

The planning to get to the point of working with the journalists, of transmitting this information, of explaining, contextualizing—it was obsessively detailed, because it had to be. Beyond that, the risks were my own. They weren’t for the journalists. They could do everything else. That was by design as well, because if the journalists had done anything shady—for example, if I had stayed in place at the NSA as a source and they had asked me for this document, and that document, it could have undermined the independence, the credibility of the process, and actually brought risks upon them that could have led to new constraints upon journalism.

Bell: So nothing you experienced in the room with the team, or what happened after, made you question or reevaluate journalism?

Snowden: I didn’t say that. Actually working more closely with the journalists has radically reshaped my understanding of journalism, and that continues through to today. I think you would agree that anybody who’s worked in the news industry, either directly or even peripherally, has seen journalists—or, more directly, editors—who are terrified, who hold back a story, who don’t want to publish a detail, who want to wait for the lawyers, who are concerned with liability.

You also have journalists who go out on their own and they publish details which actually are damaging, directly to personal safety. There were details published by at least one of the journalists that were discussing communication methods that I was still actively using, that previously had been secret. But the journalists didn’t even forewarn me, so suddenly I had to change all of my methods on the fly. Which worked out OK because I had the capabilities to do that, but dangerous.

Bell: When did that happen?

Snowden: This was at the height of public interest, basically. The idea here is that a journalist ultimately, and particularly a certain class of journalist, they don’t owe any allegiance to their source, right? They don’t write the story in line with what the sources desires, they don’t go about their publication schedule to benefit, or to detriment, in theory, the source at all. There are strong arguments that that’s the way it should be: public knowledge of the truth is more important than the risks that knowledge creates for a few. But at the same time, when a journalist is reporting on something like a classified program implicating one of the government’s sources, you see an incredibly high standard of care applied to make sure they can’t be blamed if something goes wrong down the road after publication. The journalists will go, well we’ll hold back this detail from that story reporting on classified documents, because if we name this government official it might expose them to some harm, or it might get this program shut down, or even if it might cause them to have to rearrange the deck chairs in the operations in some far away country.

That’s just being careful, right? But ask yourself—should journalists be just as careful when the one facing the blowback of a particular detail is their own source? In my experience, the answer does not seem to be as obvious as you might expect.

Bell: Do you foresee a world where someone won’t have to be a whistleblower in order to reveal the kinds of documents that you revealed? What kinds of internal mechanisms would that require on behalf of the government? What would that look like in the future?

Snowden: That’s a really interesting philosophical question. It doesn’t come down to technical mechanisms, that comes down to culture. We’ve seen in the EU a number of reports from parliamentary bodies, from the Council of Europe, that said we need to protect whistleblowers, in particular national security whistleblowers. In the national context no country really wants to pass a law that allows individuals rightly, or wrongly, to embarrass the government. But can we provide an international framework for this? One would argue, particularly when espionage laws are being used to prosecute people, they already exist. That’s why espionage, for example, is considered a political offense, because it’s just a political crime, as they say. That’s a fairly weak defense, or fairly weak justification, for not reforming whistleblower laws. Particularly when, throughout Western Europe they’re going, yeah, we like this guy, he did a good thing. But if he shows up on the doorstep we’re going to ship him back immediately, regardless of whether it’s unlawful, just because the US is going to retaliate against us. It’s extraordinary that the top members of German government have said this on the record—that it’s realpolitik; it’s about power, rather than principle.

Now how we can fix this? I think a lot of it comes down to culture, and we need a press that’s more willing and actually eager to criticize government than they are today. Even though we’ve got a number of good institutions that do that, or that want to do that, it needs a uniform culture. The only counterargument the government has made against national security whistleblowing, and many other things that embarrassed them in the past, is that well, it could cause some risk, we could go dark, they could have blood on their hands.

Why do they have different ground rules in the context of national security journalism?

We see that not just in the United States, but in France, Germany, the UK, in every Western country, and of course, in every more authoritarian country by comparison they are embracing the idea of state secrets, of classifications, or saying, you can’t know this, you can’t know that.

We call ourselves private citizens, and we refer to elected representatives as public officials, because we’re supposed to know everything about them and their activities. At the same time, they’re supposed to know nothing about us, because they wield all the power, and we hold all of the vulnerability. Yet increasingly, that’s becoming inverted, where they are the private officials, and we are the public citizens. We’re increasingly monitored and tracked and reported, quantified and known and influenced, at the same time that they’re getting themselves off and becoming less reachable and also less accountable.

Bell: But Ed, when you talk about this in those terms, you make it sound as though you see this as a progression. Certainly there was a sharp increase, as you demonstrated, in overreach of oversight post-9/11. Is it a continuum?

It felt from the outside as though America, post-9/11, for understandable reasons, it was almost like a sort of national psychosis. If you grew up in Europe, there were regular terrorist acts in almost every country after the Second World War, though not on the same scale, until there was a brief, five-year period of respite, weirdly running up to about 2001. Then the nature of the terrorism changed. To some extent, that narrative is predictable. You talk about it as an ever increasing problem. With the Freedom Act in 2015, the press identified this as a significant moment where the temperature had changed. You don’t sound like you really think that. You sound as though you think that this public/private secrecy, spying, is an increasing continuum. So how does that change? Particularly in the current political climate where post-Paris and other terrorist attacks we’ve already seen arguments for breaking encryption.

Snowden: I don’t think they are actually contradictory views to hold. I think what we’re talking about are the natural inclinations of power and vice, what we can do to restrain it, to maintain a free society. So when we think about where things have gone in the USA Freedom Act, and when we look back at the 1970s, it was even worse in terms of the level of comfort that the government had that it could engage in abuses and get away with them. One of the most important legacies of 2013 is not anything that was necessarily published, but it was the impact of the publication on the culture of government. It was a confirmation coming quite quickly in the wake of the WikiLeaks stories, which were equally important in this regard. That said, secrecy will not hold forever. If you authorize a policy that is clearly contrary to law, you will eventually have to explain that.

The question is, can you keep it under wraps long enough to get out of the administration, and hopefully for it to be out of the egregious sort of thing where you’ll lose an election as a result. We see the delta between the periods of time that successive administrations can keep a secret is actually diminishing—the secrets are becoming public at an accelerated pace. This is a beneficial thing. This is the same in the context of terrorism.

There is an interesting idea—when you were saying it’s sort of weird that the US has what you described as a collective psychosis in the wake of 9/11 given that European countries have been facing terrorist attacks routinely. The US had actually been facing the same thing, and actually one would argue, experienced similarly high-impact attacks, for example, the Oklahoma City bombing, where a Federal building was destroyed by a single individual or one actor.

Bell: What do you think about the relationship between governments asking Facebook and other communications platforms to help fight ISIS?

Snowden: Should we basically deputize companies to become the policy enforcers of the world? When you put it in that context suddenly it becomes clear that this is not really a good idea, particularly because terrorism does not have a strong definition that’s internationally recognized. If Facebook says, we will take down any post from anybody who the government says is a terrorist, as long as it comes from this government, suddenly they have to do that for the other government. The Chinese allegations of who is and who is not a terrorist are going to look radically different than what the FBI’s are going to be. But if the companies try to be selective about them, say, well, we’re only going to do this for one government, they immediately lose access to the markets of the other ones. So that doesn’t work, and that’s not a position companies want to be in.

However, even if they could do this, there are already policies in place for them to do that. If Facebook gets a notification that says this is a terrorist thing, they take it down. It’s not like this is a particularly difficult or burdensome review when it comes to violence.

The distinction is the government is trying to say, now we want them to start cracking down on radical speech. Should private companies be who we as society are reliant upon to bound the limits of public conversations? And this goes beyond borders now. I think that’s an extraordinarily dangerous precedent to be embracing, and, in turn, irresponsible for American leaders to be championing.

The real solutions here are much more likely to be in terms of entirely new institutions that bound the way law enforcement works, moving us away from the point of military conflict, secret conflict, and into simply public policing.


There’s no reason why we could not have an international counter-terrorism force that actually has universal jurisdiction. I mean universal in terms of fact, as opposed to actual law.