(May 30, 2014) Snowden, Brian Williams: Staged Amateur Night for Suckers
You could call it a completely incompetent interview, but Brian Williams is supposed to be incompetent. That's his job.
Don't take a Snowden comment and drill down into it. Don't connect dots. Don’t delve into Snowden's history. Don’t ask serious questions about the NSA.
Just make the interview seem important. That's all that counts. Give the impression that the interview is an Event.
When Snowden suddenly told Williams he was trained as a spy, he wasn't just an analyst, when he said he’d worked under false names at false jobs he didn't really have, for the CIA, NSA, and DIA...that’s a show-stopper.
Hold everything. “Really, Ed? What did you do? What kind of thing? You worked for the DIA? Never heard that before. When? Why haven't you said you were a spy before? Why hasn't Greenwald mentioned this? Does the New York Times know this? The Washington Post? When you took that last systems-analyst job for NSA in Hawaii, as a contractor for Booz Allen, you'd already been a deep-cover spy for NSA? What exactly was your job at NSA in Hawaii, Ed?"
And that's just for starters.