The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald slammed NBC's "Meet the Press" host David Gregory on Sunday for asking whether he should be charged with a crime for "aiding and abetting" former government contractor Edward Snowden, who leaked classified information to him about the National Security Agency's surveillance operations.
"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?" Gregory asked on
the news show.
Greenwald immediately rejected the premise of the question, calling it
an "pretty extraordinary" question for a journalist to ask another peer.
think it'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. The assumption in your question, David,
is completely without evidence, the idea that I've aided and abetted
him in any way," Greenwald responded, speaking via video satellite from
"The 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 Fox News journalist of the theory that you
just embraced, being a co-conspirator in felonies, for working with
sources," he continued. "If you want to embrace that theory, it means
that every investigative journalist in the United States who works with
their sources, who receives classified information, is a criminal."
Gregory said lawmakers had raised the same questions.
the question of who’s a journalist may be up to a debate with regards
to what you're doing. And of course anybody who's watching this
understands I was asking a question, that question has been raised by
lawmakers, as well," Gregory said in a raised voice. "I'm not embracing
anything. But obviously, I take your point."
The exchange between the two didn't end there. Greenwald then took to Twitter to ask: "Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?" (Continues)