NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has been charged with treason by the Obama administration, but managed to elude the U.S. government with help from Hong Kong and Russia.
While Snowden appears to be outside the grasp of U.S. authorities, some in the mainstream media are now turning their fire on journalist and lawyer Glenn Greenwald who originally broke the Snowden story in The Guardian, an award-winning UK news publication.
On Sunday's "Meet the Press," host David Gregory asked Greenwald: “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?”
“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, and it’s precisely those theories and precisely that climate that has become so menacing in the United States,” responded Greenwald, according to Mediaite.com (video below).
Later, Greenwald skewered Gregory on Twitter: "Who needs the government to try to criminalize journalism when you have David Gregory to do it?"
Today on 'Morning Joe,' host Joe Scarborough praised and criticized Greenwald for being defensive to the suggestion that he had "aided and abetted Snowden," noted Mediaite.com.
“I’ve given Glenn great credit because he went after the Bush administration, but he’s also obviously going after the Obama administration,” said Scarborough. “He’s a very, very independent person. He’s just been extraordinarily defensive in these interviews that I’ve seen. Which has been disappointing.”
Ironically, Scarborough himself has a history of being short-tempered on the air.
Also this morning, CNBC host Andrew Ross Rokin suggested that Greenwald should be arrested, noted RawStory.com (video below).
"There is speculation [Snowden's] planning to fly to Havana en route to Ecuador. The government of Ecuador has confirmed it is considering an asylum application for Snowden. He faces American espionage charges now after he admitted to revealing classified documents," said Sorkin.
"I got to say, this is, I feel like, A, we’ve screwed this up to even let him get to Russia. B, clearly the Chinese hate us to even let him out of the country. That says something. Russia hated us and we knew that beforehand but that’s sort of, and now, I don’t know. And my second piece of this…I would arrest him and now I’d almost arrest Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who seems to be out there, he wants to help him get to Ecuador."
In response to the mainstream media attacks, Greenwald called them "courtiers to power" during an interview with the Washington Post today.
“I’ve purposely made myself an outsider by very aggressively and harshly criticizing not just the culture itself but the most prominent members of it, including David Gregory and Andrew Ross Sorkin, who this morning suggested on CNBC that I be arrested,” said Greenwald.
“... They’re just courtiers doing what courtiers have always done: defending the royal court and attacking anyone who challenges or dissents from it. That’s how they maintain their status and access within it. That’s what courtiers to power, by definition, do.”