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The Intercept goes live with focus on NSA leaks

The site’s founders plan to expand its range of content and news topics over time

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Former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras and investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill have launched The Intercept, an online publication dedicated to reporting on the NSA documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

The publication, part of the First Look Media (FLM) network owned by the founder of eBay, billionaire Pierre Omidyar, went online on Monday with two hit stories. One is about the NSA’s role in the U.S. drone assassination program. Another features new photos of the NSA and other top intelligence agencies.

Mission

The Intercept says its “central mission is to hold the most powerful governmental and corporate factions accountable.”

“And to do so, we will report on a wide and varied range of issues,” it said in a statement.

The online publication said it will initially focus on NSA revelations but will develop in the future to a source of independent journalism in various areas.

“Our focus in this very initial stage will be overwhelmingly on the NSA story. We will use all forms of digital media for our reporting. We will publish original source documents on which our reporting is based. We will have reporters in Washington covering reactions to these revelations and the ongoing reform efforts,” The Intercept said.

“Our longer-term mission is to provide aggressive and independent adversarial journalism across a wide range of issues, from secrecy, criminal and civil justice abuses and civil liberties violations to media conduct, societal inequality and all forms of financial and political corruption,” the publication added.

It said the editorial independence of its journalists will be guaranteed they will be encouraged to pursue their journalistic passion, areas of interest, and unique voices.