During the MSNBC show, Morning Joe, Carl Bernstein said that Glenn Greenwald’s statement that the US should be on its knees, begging that nothing happens to Edward Snowden is out of line.
Bernstein, of Watergate fame, made the comments after host Mika Brzezinski read, on air Glenn Greenwald’s remarks concerning Snowden’s threats to release more damaging information against the US.
Greenwald, who is The Guardian columnist that broke the Snowden story, told The Associated Press that disclosure of the information in the documents “would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.”
He said the “literally thousands of documents” taken by Snowden constitute “basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built.”
Greenwald said in an interview this past Saturday that the US should “be on its knees begging” that nothing bad happens to Snowden because the information that would then be revealed would be the country’s “worst nightmare”. According to Reuters, Greenwald was speaking to the Argentinian newspaper La Nacion and Carl Bernstein says he was out of line.
“Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” said Greenwald.
Greenwald told La Nacion that Snowden, in an attempt to protect himself, has stashed documents in physical locations around the world that reveal in detail a US spying program carried out against Latin America.
He said that one US communications company specifically, is facilitating US spying in the region, but declined to say which one.
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward are the two journalists that became household names for breaking the Watergate scandal that eventually brought down the Nixon presidency. The pair did most of the investigative work related to Watergate.
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