First look at Greenwald's new project
The Intercept's launch story accuses US of careless assassination strikes
Monday 10 February, 2014
The former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald today unveils the debut issue of The Intercept, the first of what he says will be numerous digital magazines to be published by his First Look group.
Greenwald and fellow editors Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill say they have mustered a team of journalists with a "proven track record of breaking boundaries, taking risks, and producing innovative, rigorous journalism".
The three say their central mission is to hold powerful government and corporate 'factions' to account and they start with a story about US drone attacks abroad.
They say that the National Security Agency is basing assassination missions on computer analysis of evidence collected through drones and mobile phone tracking
Glenn Greenwald, top, the Berlin-based documentary maker Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill, an award-winning war reporter
without corroboration from human spies on the ground. This, they contend, is leading to innocent people being killed. For example, the subject being tracked may not be in the same place as his or her mobile phone - or the sim card could have been put in a different phone and be in the possession of someone else entirely.
The introduction to the magazine says that its primary purpose is to provide a platform for the material collected by the NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, in defiance of what it describes as the concerted intimidation of journalists
trying to report on the documents.
In the longer term, it promises to provide 'aggressive and independent adversarial journalism' on such issues as secrecy, corruption, civil justice abuses, inequality and violations of media conduct.
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