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Mass. Pair Sues New York Post Over Marathon Bombing Portrayal
(Boston Globe)
A Massachusetts teenager and his 24-year-old friend filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston, accusing the tabloid of falsely portraying them as suspects in the deadly Marathon bombings by plastering their photograph on the front page under the headline, “Bag Men.” The lawsuit filed in Suffolk Superior Court said the photographs and articles published three days after the bombings made it appear that FBI agents were pursuing Salaheddin Barhoum and Yassine Zaimi, avid runners watching the Marathon. Poynter / MediaWire Barhoum is a 16-year-old high school student in Revere, Mass., the Globe reports, and Zaimi “works at a financial services firm while studying business part time.” Both men enjoy running. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer The Post, well practiced in strongly suggesting things without coming right out and saying them, was deliberate in its wording, which could make the case hard to win: The story read, “Investigators probing the deadly Boston Marathon bombings are circulating photos of two men spotted chatting near the packed finish line… Meanwhile, officials have identified two potential suspects who were captured on surveillance videos taken shortly before the deadly blasts… It was not immediately clear if the men in the law-enforcement photos are the same men in the surveillance videos.” FishbowlNY The pair are accusing the Post of libel, but also “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” and invasion of privacy. Barhoum and Zaimi seek damages and an unknown monetary compensation. We hope they’re asking for a lot and they get every penny.

Blogger, With Focus on Surveillance, Is at Center of A Debate (NYT)
Late Wednesday, Glenn Greenwald, a lawyer and longtime blogger, published an article in the British newspaper The Guardian about the existence of a top-secret court order allowing the National Security Agency (NSA) to monitor millions of telephone logs. The article, which included a link to the order, is expected to attract an investigation from the Justice Department, which has aggressively pursued leakers. On Thursday night, he followed up with an article written with a Guardian reporter, Ewen MacAskill, that exposed an NSA program, PRISM, that has gathered information from the nation’s largest Internet companies going back nearly six years. The Washington Post / Investigations The program, code-named PRISM, has not been made public until now. It may be the first of its kind. The NSA prides itself on stealing secrets and breaking codes, and it is accustomed to corporate partnerships that help it divert data traffic or sidestep barriers. But there has never been a Google or Facebook before, and it is unlikely that there are richer troves of valuable intelligence than the ones in Silicon Valley. The Verge The list of companies involved are the who’s who of Silicon Valley: Microsoft, Yahoo!, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube, and Apple. Dropbox, though not yet an official part of the program, is said to be joining it soon. These companies have all willingly participated in the program, says the Post. Gawker When The New York Times published a blistering editorial on President Obama’s overbearing national security precautions Thursday, one line stood out from the dozens of others as being the most vicious: “The administration has now lost all credibility.” Naturally, a declaration as grave and resolute as that, and from “liberal media” stronghold The New York Times, became quite the talking point for people throughout the political spectrum. The sentence now reads, “The administration has now lost all credibility on this issue,” which is quite a different statement altogether. HuffPost / The Backstory The U.S. Department of Justice may try seeking out the source of a bombshell article that revealed NSA surveillance of millions of Americans, according to NBC News justice correspondent Pete Williams.