Take note future U.S security information leakers — there is one media outlet that feels you have one thing to do headed down that that path, shut up and go to jail. Just ask the Washington Post & its editorial board; some of which apparently published a bizarrely ironic editorial piece demanding that Snowden be stopped from leaking U.S documents.
The best solution would be his surrender to US authorities, followed by a plea negotiation. It’s hard to believe that would leave the 30-year-old worse off than living in permanent exile in an unfree country. – Washington Post editorial board
The piece quickly drew criticism mostly because it falsely claimed that Snowden had given documents to Russia (but didn’t bother to provide a single piece of substantial evidence to back up its claim).
Some hilarious reactions to the piece:
- Glenn Greenwald: “Shouldn’t media outlets need—y’know—facts or evidence before asserting that Snowden ‘may’ have given secrets to Russia and/or China?”
- Kevin Poulsen: “This Washington Post editorial is so screamingly bad you kind of have to wonder if they’ve been hacked.
- Jack Shafer: “Washington Post editorial board calls for prosecution of Daniel Ellsberg. Or at least a plea bargain.”