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Layoff Day at The New York Post
(Capital New York)
Brooklyn court reporter Mitch Maddux and staff writer Pedro Oliveira Jr. are among those that sources tell Capital lost their jobs at the New York Post Friday in a round of layoffs that was foreshadowed last month when editor Col Allan announced he was seeking a reduction of 10 percent of the paper’s staff. Allan’s memo about Friday’s layoffs: “The decision to lay off employees is not one that we make lightly, but it is a necessary step as we continue to reduce costs, refocus our priorities, and re-imagine overall how we run as a company. The future of the Post is as vibrant as its brand, both in print and digitally, and we will continue to focus on the core areas we see key to a strong future.” NY Observer The news comes in advance of the expected June 28 News Corp split, when the book and newspaper assets will separate from the more lucrative TV and film properties. The shakeout is expected to be rough.

Edward Snowden: Former CIA Man Behind The NSA Intelligence Leak (The Guardian)
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said. TVNewser Hours after he appeared on two Sunday shows — ABC’s This Week and CNN’s Reliable Sources — Glenn Greenwald‘s source has been revealed as a computer technician for a defense contractor who says he’s worked with the CIA and, more recently, the NSA. As for his part in this, Greenwald, live from Hong Kong, told Howie Kurtz he feels a sense of vindication in revealing the information because of what he calls the “subservient behavior” by some members of the American media when reporting on the government. TVNewser Snowden has been holed up in a Hong Kong hotel room for nearly 3 weeks, since he fled his NSA post in Hawaii with the last of the documents he intended to disclose. Gawker Snowden was living with his girlfriend in Hawaii, earning $200,000 a year, and fully intended to make his identity public when he decided to leak the documents. He told the NSA he needed a few weeks to deal with his epilepsy, and then fled to Hong Kong with the documents. He knew that his life would never be the same, but his belief in letting the public know what was being done, and the extent of the spying, led him to his choice. HuffPost Trevor Timm, a member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, tweeted Ellsberg’s reaction to the news about Snowden on Sunday: “I was just with Dan Ellsberg as he learned about Edward Snowden. He called Snowden a hero, said he’s been waiting for him for 40 years.” BuzzFeed When the news broke identifying Snowden, the tweets calling him a hero outweighed those calling him a traitor nearly 30-1, according to data from Topsy. HuffPost / The Backstory The rapid succession of scoops has helped raise the profile of the Guardian‘s U.S. edition, which launched online in September 2011 and is part of the 192-year-old British newspaper’s strategy to compete as a global news destination online. Janine Gibson, editor-in-chief of Guardian US, told The Huffington Post on Sunday that her outlet has found success in breaking stories on this side of the Atlantic because “there is a lack of skepticism on a whole in the media on the issue of national security.” ZDNet / Ed Bott On Thursday, June 6, The Washington Post published a bombshell of a story, alleging that nine giants of the tech industry had “knowingly participated” in a widespread program by the NSA. One day later, with no acknowledgment except for a change in the timestamp, the Post revised the story, backing down from sensational claims it made originally. But the damage was already done. The real story appears to be much less controversial than the original alarming accusations. All of the companies involved have established legal procedures to respond to warrants from a law enforcement agency or a court. None of them appear to be participating with widespread surveillance.