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LUMPENPROLETARIAT—For some of us Project Censored was our first introduction to Mint Press News. Since they first hit our radar, we have counted on Mint Press News to deliver excellent work. They haven’t let readers down yet, unlike The Intercept, which appears to have been caught riding dirty. Are Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill okay with all of this? Let’s read and learn what we can.

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Despite promoting itself as an “independent” and open-source investigation site, Bellingcat has received a significant portion of its funding from Google, which is also one of the most powerful U.S. military contractors and whose rise to prominence was directly aided by the CIA.

Mint Press News, 8 OCT 2018

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MINT PRESS NEWS — [8 OCT 2018] The Intercept, along with its parent company First Look Media, recently hosted a workshop for pro-war, Google-funded organization Bellingcat in New York. The workshop, which cost $2,500 per person to attend and lasted five days, aimed to instruct participants in how to perform investigations using “open source” tools — with Bellingcat’s past, controversial investigations for use as case studies. The exact details of what occurred during the workshop have not been made public and Bellingcat founder Eliot Higgins declined to elaborate on the workshop when pressed on social media.

The decision on the part of The Intercept is particularly troubling given that the publication has long been associated with the track records of its founding members, such as Jeremy Scahill and Glenn Greenwald, who have long been promoted as important “progressive” and “anti-war” voices in the U.S. media landscape.

Greenwald publicly distanced himself from the decision to host the workshop, stating on Twitter that he was not involved in making that decision and that — if he had been — it was not one “that I would have made.” However, he stopped short of condemning the decision.

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Glenn Greenwald, tweet, 08 JUL 2018

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[31 OCT 2020]

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