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All right -- -- Edwards -- speaking out for the first time since getting stuck in the Moscow airport saying he quote.
Remains free and able to publish information that serves the public interest close quote and according to.
The journalists who broke stone's first story.
There's a lot more to combat journalist Glenn Greenwald of the guardian newspaper is my -- this morning Glenn thank you for joining us so you say -- Another big NSA -- to get him -- -- -- -- right here right now.
-- -- America mean you're gonna have to wait along with everybody else until our stories are published but I will say that there.
Our -- programs of all domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about that the NSA is engaged in -- no democratic accountability and that's what's driving our reporting.
You don't Glenn yesterday -- -- and release the letters two didn't I guess the world about it in the Obama administration to paraphrase your little bit.
He's saying that the Obama restoration and they're not afraid of me had snow and they're afraid of a constitutionally.
Informed public question.
Do you think the Obama administration wants Snowden to come back to the US or is that gonna look bad for them to have him any US court.
I think what -- about a -- and -- and has been trying to establish for the last almost five years now with the unprecedented war on whistle blowers that it is -- is to make it so that everybody is petrified of coming forward with information about what our political officials are doing in the dark that is deceitful illegal wars.
They don't care about Edwards and at this point he can no longer do you anything that that he had already done what they care about is making an extremely negative example out of -- to intimidate future whistle blowers.
From coming forward because they'll think that they're gonna end up like him that's their job.
Try so so some of the new news that -- breaking as we speak is that Edward Stone has said that he's gonna turn down Russia's offer Vladimir Putin's offer.
To stay in Russia that would have required him to stop leaking information he said no I don't want to do that.
But he's he's asked for asylum in -- up to around twenty countries are so some are saying no.
What's the end game here Fred -- Well on the very first time that I spoke with the and he said that he completely understood that once he came forward against the US government in the Obama administration that he would become the most wanted man on earth then and would be hunted down by the world's most powerful -- and that he felt it was.
Worthwhile to do that because he could not in good conscience allow this massive spying program aimed at the American people.
To be constructed in the dark and he said obviously he wants to stay out of the clutches.
The US government given the way that they persecuted whistle blowers is obviously trying to find a place.
Where he can do that but his real goal is to continue to be part of the conversation about why he did what he did what it is that he saw the NSA how these find powers.
We're being abused and -- to continue to -- -- -- people all around the world and his fellow citizens of the United States aware of what their government is doing.
Going you'll spend criticize specifically David Gregory on the play this clip I like your reaction -- played -- -- on.
Why shouldn't you mr.
-- we'll all be charged with a crime.
I think it's pretty extraordinary that anybody who called himself a journalist would publicly mused about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felony this scandal that arose in Washington before our stories began was about the fact the Obama administration is trying to criminalize investigative journalism.
By going through -- emails and phone records of AP reporters accusing a Fox News journal last that theory that you just embrace being a co conspirator with felony in felonies from working with source it.
-- has has David Perry contacting you apologized.
Now we have that there was a New York Times reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin who went on television the next day -- allowed to be arrested and he publicly apologized but but but David Gregory.
Has not -- let Thomas Jefferson 250 years ago said that those who most here investigations are the ones who attacker free press first that's why every pass is guaranteed.
So that I -- as a journalist held my fellow citizens that the government is collecting all of our phone records and email records and tapping into -- FaceBook conversations.
And Google chat and Skype telephone calls this is what journalism is about shining a light on what the most powerful people in the country are doing to them in the dark so we're gonna continue to -- -- no matter what David Gregory and his friends.
Running out of time -- yes -- -- have you been in contact with dead -- recently.
Not since you up on call -- I -- and last last question.
There was report that a laptop of yours was stolen from your apartment I think you may have said that is that true do you have any idea who has a laptop.
No I -- talked to my partner about sending him encrypted files -- days later his laptop was stolen from our house we have no idea of -- -- -- anything but we just knows don't have nothing else was are you Leo and it's a scandal a lot more school due to do it now.
Did just -- a little bet you'll have time well I tried by going meanwhile thank you very much for joining us this morning thanks -- you can --
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