The original article is in Der Spiegel. A translation is available here. In my mind it's a pretty significant story. Here Obama is aggressively attempting to arrest Snowden, going so far as to force a plane carrying the Bolivian President to land, merely on the suspicion that Snowden was aboard the plane. Yet the former President is critical. I see no mention of this in the mainstream, corporate press. Why is it that the corporate press isn't interested? Readers know how I would answer that question.
But to give the corporate press a little credit, for once we do have some coverage of Obama's drone program. The grandfather of the 16 year old American droned is asking why it is that our government can kill our citizens and yet doesn't have to explain itself. Read his editorial entitled The Drone that Killed My Grandson.
Also worth checking out is An Open Letter to the Media signed by a number of scholars and Latin American professionals that addresses our media's treatment of the so called "irony" of whistleblowers seeking asylum in places like Ecuador and Venezuela, places that are portrayed as hostile to free speech. You may have heard that Hugo Chavez "shut down" a whole network that was critical of him. It's totally bogus, and touched on in this letter. Chomsky addressed it in an interesting way. He has been asked about it and he says yeah, such a thing could never happen in the US. His interviewer likes the sound of that and is excited, but then Chomsky continues in a way that makes his statement unpublishable in mainstream press. He says in similar circumstances our government wouldn't revoke their license. It would take everyone involved and line them up in front of a firing squad. This TV network in Venezuela fomented a coup against Chavez, the democratically elected President. Imagine if such a thing happened in the US. Obama was kidnapped, Congress was disbanded, and then a popular uprising restored Obama and the Congress. What do you think would happen to the people involved with a network that supported the coup? It's pretty obvious. And yet Chavez didn't do what our government would have done. What he did was he didn't renew their broadcast license, which meant they had to switch to cable. They still function, still remained openly hostile to him, but they were relegated to cable. This shows how Venezuela doesn't value press freedom.
Meanwhile in Britain Julian Assange sits at the Ecuadoran Embassy, staked out by British police at a cost to the British taxpayers of $18,000 per day. That's what real press freedom looks like I suppose.