eBay founder launches news site with NSA revelations

Washington, Feb. 11: eBay founder Pierre Omidyar has reportedly launched his news site, ‘The Intercept,’ with revelations about the US spy agency, National Security Agency’s mass surveillance programmes.

The Intercept’s introductory blog explains that such type of revelatory stories would be a staple of the news site, keeping with its mission ‘to hold the most powerful governmental and corporate factions accountable’.

According to Tech Crunch, Omidyar’s new media organization, First Look Media, of which The Intercept is a part, made waves in the industry after it had announced that the journalist responsible for revealing the NSA’s controversial spy program, Glenn Greenwald, would be joining as editor.

The Intercept’s first article drives its sources from the documents revealed by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and alleges that the US spy agency uses cell phone location to launch drone strikes on suspects with often not cross-checking with ground informants about validity of the location or the suspect.

The report said that Omidyar is shelling out upwards of 250 million dollars for First Look, the very same amount was paid by Amazon head Jeff Bezos for the Washington Post. (ANI)