Glenn Greenwald ripped into “Meet the Press” reporter David Gregory in a head-on interview this morning. Gregory questioned if Greenwald might be seen as engaging in criminal behavior for aiding whistleblower Edward Snowden to get his story out. Greenwald and Gregory battled over whether or not a person publishing information could be seen as a collaborator. The dissemination of information from sources is the primary method of reporting and always has been.
Greenwald tweeted about the exchange:
Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) June 23, 2013
This unique case of the NSA vs. Edward Snowden is mirrored by the case of Bradley Manning, who revealed his secrets to Julian Assange of Wikileaks. In both cases the US government is attempting to prosecute not only the whistleblower, but the journalist who broke the story. It is important to remember the distinction between the journalist (the person who publishes the information) and the actual leaker. Of course this author would argue that the leaker is protected under whistleblower laws, but let me be clear…
Greenwald responds in the interview “If you want to embrace that theory[that I am culpable],” Greenwald continued, “it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classified information, is a criminal. It’s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States. It’s why the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer said investigative reporting has come to a standstill, as a result of the questions you just mentioned.”
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