And the Oscar for winding up Glenn Greenwald goes to…

 

Congratulations to Laura Poitras on a well deserved Best Documentary Feature Academy Award for her film Citizenfour. Though this quip from Oscar host Neil Patrick Harris must have hurt a little.

“The subject of Citizenfour, Edward Snowden, could not be here tonight for some treason.”

Glenn Greenwald responded to Harris’ joke with characteristic good humour and grace:

“I’m just gonna go ahead and treat it as a joke. I thought it was pretty pitiful, given Hollywood’s fondness for congratulating itself for doing things like standing up for McCarthyism and blacklists. So to just casually spew that sort of accusation against someone who’s not even charged with it, let alone convicted of it, I think is, you know, stupid and irresponsible.”

Chill out mate, it was just a joke…

UPDATE: Ed Snowden has a sense of humour:

“To be honest, I laughed at NPH. I don’t think it was meant as a political statement, but even if it was, that’s not so bad. My perspective is if you’re not willing to be called a few names to help out your country, you don’t care enough.”




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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”

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