The Guardian has revealed the source of its stories on surveillance by the U.S. National Security Agency. Edward Snowden, a former CIA technical assistant and an employee of a defence contractor. He chose to leak the sensitive information and to be identified, but he has chosen to flee to Hong Kong (and may move elsewhere) to avoid prosecution. The Washington Post discusses its encounters with him. Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the Pentagon Papers, praises him in The Guardian as someone who prevented a rollback of the Constitution. Amy Davidson, writing for The New Yorker, says the leaks will prompt a national discussion on the degrees of security and privacy.
The Pew Research Center has studied non-profit news organizations and finds, somewhat unsurprisingly, that their largest challenges are in raising and sustaining funds to keep their activities afloat. The Center's study found a large number of non-profits depend on grants, a very uncertain and unpredictable source of revenue. Nieman Journalism Lab reports that while most remain optimistic of their viability, many dipped into cash reserves in recent times to keep themselves running.
David Carr of The New York Times, in his latest Media Equation column, looks at the battle between Nikki Finke and Sharon Waxman, two of Hollywood's most powerful online gossip sources. Last week the latter said the former was being fired, an assertion that has yet to be true. The gesture provoked a skirmish. Carr asserts Hollywood deserves the coverage it is getting.