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Greenwald to the NSA & establishment media: The Emperor wears no clothes”

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:

img_manning_assangeThis 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…

the publisher of the information is absolutely protected under the 1st amendment of the United States Constitution.

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.”


Video courtesy of Mediaite

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Austin Petersen

Austin Petersen is the founder of The Libertarian Republic, as well as the CEO of Stonegait LLC. Formerly an Associate Producer for Judge Andrew Napolitano's show "Freedom Watch", on the Fox Business Network. Austin was referred to by the Judge as "The right side of my brain". He built Judge Napolitano's social networks with over 700,000 fans and millions of clicks a month. Austin graduated from Missouri State University. He has written and produced award winning plays and videos, and previously worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Economic Research Foundation.