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Our security is jeopardize and there's no doubt in my mind.
That we will lose capabilities as a result of this and that not only the United States but those allies that it we have helped.
Will no longer be as safe as they were two weeks ago these disclosures have cause significant harm to our nation and to our safety.
You're taking all necessary steps to hold -- person responsible.
For these disclosures disclosures.
Good directors of the National Security Agency and the FBI commenting on this man Edwards Snowden.
The 29 year old American and former technical contractor who revealed himself.
As the leaker of the information about how our government collects phone and other data about us as part of what the government calls an effort to protect us.
Glenn Greenwald was the journalist who made headlines last week reporting the classified information provided by Snowden.
Greenwald involvement getting the attention of one key lawmaker.
No right is -- And -- the president certain restrictions I think you very targeted very selective and certainly -- at the very rare exception but in this case we knew someone -- disclosed.
Statements like this and threatens to release more.
Then that's me yes there has to be.
Legally legal action should be taken against -- is a very unusual case with life and death implications for Americans.
There are a lot of issues to deal with here to you Rick Cornell first what do you think about congressman king's assertion.
That this might be a case where you go after journalists.
In an in this case Glenn Greenwald.
For the leak.
You know -- don't think so I think this is a very simple issue that people need to understand.
Think government is too secretive that's nothing new I think it's a good thing in a democracy for reporters to push for more open government.
But it's quite different for a government employee to release classified information that's illegal.
And I think that the government leaders have a responsibility.
To prosecute those leaguers and they need to say.
You cannot leak classified information that endangers peoples' lives this clearly did that.
But I would not -- go too fast at going after reporters because that's their job to push for more open government.
The -- Greenwald denied that he's going to release any CIA operative names are those kinds of things but he did claim.
We're going to have a lot more significant.
Revelations that have not yet been heard.
Over the next several weeks and months and that is part of what has the -- An upset right -- this seems to be one of the biggest leaks.
Spoke exposures in US history going on right now and I think the media narrative on Snowden has changed in the last only week -- -- this whole story from tortured.
Whistle blower -- Daniel Ellsberg to this spot I like the rosenbergs.
I'm back going back -- ways.
We're only beginning to get -- arms -- this but.
If he's a whistle -- what's he doing in Hong Kong or China and then if you can't sit there and a Chinese possession and not be talking to the changed as well as the -- Judy you went to jail to protect a source.
It is it a conundrum for journalists here to report the leaks or report the leaker.
Well I think you don't have an obligation to call the leaker of the greatest Americans since George Washington.
This is that you -- -- Terry and relationship how ever and it's not surprising to me that Glenn Greenwald.
Was to busy defending.
The man who's made him a household word in in -- -- name in America now but I I think we do as Kirsten Powers wrote.
In the Daily Beast this week have to separate out these two issues and that is what we think about the -- and what he did from.
What about these programs are they legal they appear to be are -- constitutional.
Add that is what Edwards snowed in is challenging that they may be legal or not constitution.
-- Clinton powers who is a frequent guest on panelists on this program wrote this -- -- area thought provoking column in the Daily Beast in part she writes the Washington establishment.
Wants to put -- in jail and throw away the key for telling the truth we are told to blindly respect.
An institution that persecute its whistle blowers for leaks of over classified government information.
While watching the Obama administration's leaking of secret government information.
To a grand guys the president during his reelection campaign so please.
Tell us more about how we should have more respect.
For our institutions.
-- You don't know Snowden.
Any better than I do or any of us do.
I know his tight we know the computer activist in him he may be a good guy he may be a bad guy but what we're seeing here is the -- of him.
In ways -- -- and lose to alludes to that protect the interest of the Washington political media establishment.
He took an oath.
You don't protect these secrets and then he decided to spill.
And you just hit on the very crucial distinction between.
Those -- working government or somebody like mr.
stone who's a contractor for the government subcontracted out.
Do you think takes -- -- to uphold the nation's secrets that they are -- clear violation of the law and should be prosecuted when they go ahead and leak.
Journalists take no such -- Now we we we count on them to use their discretion when they are given -- -- -- if it's something huge magnitude that will endanger our national security about whether or not to publish it how much of it to -- But I do think that the media love stark contrasts and that's why they've put out this.
This kind of ridiculous question is -- a hero or is he a traitor he's somewhere in between but they don't like the new law -- that's one of the questions -- are we paying too much attention to the leaker and not to the issues that.
Have come out.
Actually I think we are paying attention to both I mean you have all kinds of hearings being held on the on the hill you've seen Alexander he's been forced to talk about his programs we had.
FBI outgoing FBI director Mueller who's there I think for paying attention to vote I just think we as Jim said we're beginning to wrap ourselves our minds around the consequences of the -- of misinformation G.
Jimmie has said the media narrative is changing I wanted to read you some quotes Jeffrey Toobin from The New Yorker a grandiose narcissus referring to Snowden.
Who deserves to be in prison.
Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC.
Complained about -- is not even today and maturity level.
Politicos Roger Simon called -- the slacker who came in from the cold and finally Tom Brokaw dismissed him as a high school drop out who is a military wash well.
The establishment including the mainstream -- deception are.
Always wrong I mean it's possible this guy but he didn't disclose.
National security assets we have in terms of surveillance around the world and it's one thing to say should despite -- that's a good argument.
He seems to have put the whole world on notice that -- spying on them and given them some intelligence sources and -- that's right.
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