The Intercept

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Pierre Omidyar's website that has published a selection of documents from Edward Snowden.

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Started: 2014
Founders: Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Jeremy Scahill

Owner: First Look Media
Constitutes: honey trap?

The Intercept is a website which publishes some of the documents leaked by Edward Snowden. It was founded by journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill and funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. It is published by First Look Media.[1]

FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds asserts Pierre Omidyar decided to create The Intercept to not only take ownership of the Snowden leaks but also to continue his blockade against WikiLeaks and create a honey trap for whistleblowers.[2]

Leaked documents

NSA malware

In March 2014, The Intercept published leaked documents from Edward Snowden showing that the National Security Agency was building a system which could infect millions of computers around the world with malware.[3] The report included a top-secret NSA animation showing how the agency disguised itself as a Facebook server in order to hack into computers for surveillance.[4] The story reportedly prompted Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to phone President Obama and complain about the NSA's surveillance]].[5] Zuckerberg later wrote in a blog post:

"I've called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future."[6]

NSA intercepts

In May 2014, The Intercept reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) was secretly intercepting, recording, and archiving the audio of virtually every cell phone conversation on the island nation of The Bahamas and collecting cell phone metadata in Mexico, the Philippines and Kenya.[7] Following the report, The Intercept was criticised by WikiLeaks for withholding the name of one country whose calls were being recorded.[8] WikiLeaks announced that "the country in question is Afghanistan."[9]


A document sourced from The Intercept

TitleTypeSubject(s)Publication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:GCHQ and Me: My Life Unmasking British EavesdroppersArticleGCHQ
Menwith Hill
Robert Hannigan
Edward Snowden
ABC Trial
Transparency International
Reiner Braun
3 August 2015Duncan CampbellNo one at the May 2015 conference on intelligence, security and privacy argued against greater openness. Thanks to Edward Snowden and those who courageously came before, the need for public accountability and review has become unassailable.


  1. "About The Intercept"
  2. "FBI Whistleblower on Pierre Omidyar and His Campaign to Neuter Wikileaks"
  3. Ryan Gallagher and Glenn Greenwald (March 12, 2014). "How the NSA Plans to Infect 'Millions' of Computers with Malware". The Intercept. Retrieved June 6, 2014.

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  4. The Intercept (March 12, 2014). "Video: How the NSA Secretly Masqueraded as Facebook to Hack Computers for Surveillance". The Intercept. Retrieved June 6, 2014.

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  5. Alex Byers (March 13, 2014). "Mark Zuckerberg calls Obama after NSA report". Politico. Retrieved June 6, 2014.

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  6. Mark Zuckerberg (March 13, 2014). "Mark Zuckerberg Facebook post". Politico. Retrieved June 6, 2014.

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  7. Devereaux, Ryan; Greenwald, Glenn; Poitras, Laura (May 19, 2014). "Data Pirates of the Caribbean: The NSA Is Recording Every Cell Phone Call in the Bahamas". The Intercept. Retrieved May 20, 2014.

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  8. Nicks, Denver (May 20, 2014). "WikiLeaks Threatens To Reveal Unnamed Country From Snowden Documents". Time magazine. Retrieved December 7, 2015.

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  9. Wikileaks (May 23, 2014) "Tweet by Wikileaks" Twitter; retrieved 2014-05-23