Glenn Greenwald, the journalist with the Guardian who originally broke the story of the NationalÂ SecurityÂ Agency (NSA) surveillance programÂ known as PRISM, attacked â€śMeet the Pressâ€ť host David Gregory for asking if Greenwald would be criminally liable for â€śaiding and abettingâ€ť the leaker,Â Edward Snowden.
â€śI think itâ€™s 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€ť Greenwald said to Gregory.
â€śThe assumption in your question, David, is completely without evidence, the idea Iâ€™ve aided and abetted him in any way,â€ť Greenwald continued in the video embedded below.
â€śThe 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€ť Greenwald said.
â€śIf 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€ť he said.
â€śAnd itâ€™s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States,â€ť Greenwald said.
â€śItâ€™s why the New Yorkerâ€™s 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€ť he said.
Gregory quickly shot back, saying, â€śThe question of whoâ€™s a journalist may be up to a debate, with regards to what youâ€™re doing.â€ť
â€śAnybody whoâ€™s watching this understands that I was asking a question. That question has been raised by lawmakers, as well. Iâ€™m not embracing anything. But obviously I take your point,â€ť 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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