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Right now stunning new reports that fugitive NSA leaker Edwards -- may have had help with his plan to reveal state secrets long -- war.
He took the job that landed -- At the contractor for the NSA the National Security Agency -- period and joins us contributing editor -- writer for the American conservative magazine Allen comes.
-- the Allen comes radio show on Fox News contributor good to see about tiger got jammed the Snowden allegedly told a Chinese newspaper that he.
Took the job.
With the intent the advance intent and purpose.
Of stealing classified information and then publishing that and now you've got the Washington Post reporting.
That in fact -- -- he took the job he had Glenn Greenwald.
Get an encryption key first guy.
So that he Snowden who would give the classified Intel to Greenwald a stolen Intel and let me quote.
Edward Epstein for the Wall Street Journal.
So before mr.
Snowden proceeded -- NSA penetration in march of 2013 he had assistance.
Either wittingly or unwittingly.
In a range -- to secure channel of encrypted communications.
That he would use to facilitate.
The publication of classified communications.
Jim does it -- -- you like Glenn Greenwald.
Was more complicit in all of this thing we knew before.
No because that's old news that the news that that they've got an encryption -- to share information is was reported at the time of the the original guardian leaks and so -- that the real news I think that the last few days on the on the -- case.
Has been the role of of contractors the Washington Post reported last Thursday that the company that that that vetted Snowden.
Did a bad job and apparently that has had in violation of the rules with the office of personnel management and that in -- and 45% of all the the background checks in the country including for -- Are done by private contractors and so we have contractors.
Betting contractors I think it's much more disturbing that -- got hired by the US government as a contractor.
Then now what -- did with Greenwald and anybody or any other journalist.
-- what do you think IE -- is there a possibility here they.
And Glenn Greenwald may have crossed the line did more than mere reporting.
I think that's idle speculation that Glenn Greenwald is a reporter his getting his information in any way can and indeed if it takes an encrypted channel.
To get it.
It may be is he wanted to secure means of getting the information but like any report we are trying to make Allen is is that all of this was ranged before -- ever went to work I really -- there's no evidence that.
And that he was a participant in.
Participating and say anything that was done illegally was trying to get the information and I think Jim also had a good point as saying that how is this person vetted.
How -- -- vetted right before he got his job and might be the good to talk to go do some investigative reporting on that.
But as far as we know Glenn Greenwald as a reporter certainly advocacy journalist getting information in a way that that make sense him to get.
Private information and activist who play other well it.
-- the other thing about Greenwald is he keeps appearing on television referring to -- known as the whistle -- now Greenwald as a lawyer really ought to read the whistle -- statute because.
Hey it's not doesn't qualify as a whistle blower first of all it was a legal act because a judge approved it -- -- -- -- ball Snowden didn't follow the reporting require.
-- and so is -- Greenwald continuing to mislead the public.
Well I mean -- whistle blowers is eight is a loose term but look let's go he'll -- manager -- that that.
Well now that's a loose term in say it like we're saying -- -- a legal term for Snowden and what's known as the want the burden is on snowed in here he is the guy.
Who worked for the government used the guys took.
Who agreed all these rules about classified information so and then broke the mall are Greenwald like.
Mean like you like Alan Light our friend James Rosen -- is a journalist who has a different set of rules and obligations and First Amendment protections do what is not a part of center he's not a morning it was was.
But I think he is of course is an advocate where our advocate for something.
That did that journal editorial that I FTC's.
Takes the focus away April -- want to bet that Snowden tried to put on we've all -- and that's the same road bitter holder walked down when you start out if you don't know and we know what I.
Greenwald continues to insist that what he published did not harm national security and -- You've got general Alexander the NSA had his says it cause significant an irreversible damage that to Intel -- Dianne Feinstein and Mike.
Rogers both say it cause severe damage -- even John Kerry secretary of state said.
People will die because of this disclosure so how in the world can Greenwald claim.
Oh none of this harm now I I don't know again -- no that doesn't.
I think we I think Jim and I actually total agreement on this particular edition and that the burden should not -- -- Greenwald the burden is on snowed and that is where the focus should be.
And indeed just like James -- -- or gym or myself.
And particularly -- happen to be an advocacy journalist who stands for something if she does have a point of view.
During the word journalists encompasses a lot of things.
And that's one of the things that Greenwald us would you agree that there is no way they're playing Greenwald can know if this harm national security -- well I don't know that he would know that not another we know that.
I have faxes and rice has said she does know of any images we do agree that Dianne Feinstein and Mike Rogers in secretary of state John Kerry would certainly know better than Glenn Greenwald.
Whether -- -- now I would I would also say look that look.
If if it's true that the burden falls on reporters reporting news and we're all in trouble in this segment right here -- were -- that much more to distribute information about the NSA and -- The burden have to be on the on the leaker -- not believe he.
And if if if Greenwald is guilty then so is Fox News or so of the Washington Post and every other media outlet that is reported part of the story Jim bigger than Alan -- good to see you guys -- thanks I.
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