Guardian reporter, host of NBC's 'Meet the Press' spar
WASHINGTON — NBC “Meet the Press” host David Gregory got a rise out of Glenn Greenwald on Sunday by asking the Guardian reporter why he shouldn't be charged with a crime for having “aided and abetted” former National Security Agency analyst Edward Snowden.
Greenwald replied on the show that it was “pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies.”
Greenwald reported Snowden's disclosure of government surveillance programs. On Sunday, Ecuador's foreign minister and the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks said that Snowden was headed to Ecuador to seek asylum.
During his interview with NBC's Gregory, Greenwald declined to discuss where Snowden was headed. That refusal seemed to prompt Gregory to ask: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn't you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”
Greenwald said Gregory was embracing the Obama administration's attempt to “criminalize investigative journalism,” citing an FBI agent's characterization of Fox News journalist James Rosen as a probable co-conspirator of a State Department contractor who was suspected of leaking classified information to Rosen. Rosen was not charged.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Obama signs $607B Defense bill but blasts GOP limits for Gitmo
- ‘Crisis mode’ near at U.S.-Mexico line as nearly 5,000 children try to cross border in October
- Obama: No credible intelligence about terror plot against US
- Los Angeles-based water agency’s land buy rattles California farmers
- Peanut glut poses hefty bailout tab for taxpayers
- New Hampshire cancer patient gets permission to travel to Maine for medical pot
- Self-driving vehicles closer to getting green light as feds ease stance
- Foreign policy expert: Obama administration should create Syria safe areas
- Barrier nears completion in Indiana marsh to keep Asian carp from Great Lakes
- Girls outperform boys in variety of subjects, international survey shows
- Feds tell railroads they must meet deadlines for lifesaving technology