Oh it's an ugly, ugly beast for sure. The breadth and depth, let alone attack surface as you mentioned, is staggering. And constantly growing to boot...
The Intercepts job is to protect sources though. They have 2 pros hired for it. How has it not been automated or put on a checklist of things to do every damn time? Requires 0 background info to follow basic instructions like "don't hand original, re-type".
Hurts, if not kills, chances of future leaks.
@galaxis @enkiv2 Do you consider the USA to be one of the democratic countries with sufficiently robust legal frameworks that sources can leak info of legitimate public interest to reporters without fear of reprisal? This is admittedly a separate can of worms, but of all the charges to level at Intercept, "whistleblowers are adequately protected by existing statutes" is not one of the easier cases to make.
The United States has problems related to the enforcement of even laws that don't relate to classified information. On top of that, the IC is entangled with grey-legal and extralegal actions domestically and abroad, going back half a century.
So, no -- not at all.
Germany seems to be significantly better. But, we have to recognize that whistleblower protection is basically driven by PR. An unpopular whistleblower probably won't be safe anywhere.
It is one of those things where the details have to be frequently renegotiated as society and technology change. Unfortunately, in the current political climate, this almost always means making things worse. Fear of terrorism is a big driver in the wrong direction.