Glenn Greenwald, the journalist with the Guardian who originally broke the story of the NationalÂ SecurityÂ Agency (NSA) surveillance programÂ known as PRISM, attacked âMeet the Pressâ host David Gregory for asking if Greenwald would be criminally liable for âaiding and abettingâ the leaker,Â Edward Snowden.
âI think itâs pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies,â Greenwald said to Gregory.
âThe assumption in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea Iâve aided and abetted him in any way,â Greenwald continued in the video embedded below.
âThe scandal that arose in Washington before our stories began was about the fact that the Obama administration is trying to criminalize investigative journalism by going through the e-mails and phone records of AP reporters, accusing a FoxÂ NewsÂ journalist of the theory that you just embraced, being a co-conspirator in felonies for working with sources,â Greenwald said.
âIf you want to embrace that theory, it means that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with their sources, who receives classifiedÂ information, is a criminal,â he said.
âAnd itâs precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States,â Greenwald said.
âItâs why the New Yorkerâs Jane Mayer said investigative reporting has come to a standstill â her word â as a result of the theories that you just referenced,â he said.
Gregory quickly shot back, saying, âThe question of whoâs a journalist may be up to a debate, with regards to what youâre doing.â
âAnybody whoâs watching this understands that I was asking a question. That question has been raised by lawmakers, as well. Iâm not embracing anything. But obviously I take your point,â Gregory said.
Later, Greenwald continued the attack on Twitter.
Has David Gregory ever publicly wondered if powerful DC officials should be prosecuted for things like illegal spying & lying to Congress?
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