by Whitney Webb, Mint Press News
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 details of the workshop have not been made public and Bellingcat founder Elliott 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
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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