In June of 2013, journalist Glenn Greenwald unveiled to the world that an American had leaked documents from a secretive U.S. defense agency, the National Security Agency. The leaker was a man named Edward Snowden, who had worked at the NSA for four years and was hired through a contractor.
The stories published by The Guardian revealed practices never before revealed publicly about the America's surveillance programs, such as a metadata collection program on Americans' phones and the revelation that the NSA may have spied on world leaders.
After Snowden fled the U.S. an international manhunt began and it captured the attention of the world. Snowden taped an on camera interview with Greenwald and colleague Laura Poitras to reveal himself to the world as a self-described "whistleblower."
Glenn Greenwald's new book “No Place to Hide,” describes the behind-the-scenes story of how the journalist and his colleague Ms. Poitras met Mr. Snowden and what took place after. Greenwald spoke to Anderson about the book.
Journalist Glenn Greenwald's reporting on the documents leaked by Edward Snowden broke the story of the NSA's mass surveillance programs. Critics including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers have suggested Greenwald's actions may have been criminal. Greenwald lives in Brazil and has not been back to the U.S. since the story broke. But he talks to Anderson about why that might change.
Edward Snowden is one of America's most wanted fugitives. In an interview today Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a willingness to talk with him on U.S. soil. Edward Snowden is also speaking out about the situation. He held an on-line chat session today and said he is not in a position to return to the U.S. Joe Johns breaks down this complicated situation.
In an interview, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Rogers of Michigan, suggested Edward Snowden may have been spying for Russia. Rogers offered no evidence. Snowden fired back in an interview with the New Yorker, calling the comments "absurd." Dana Bash has the latest.
A judge ruled today that the NSA program that can collect phone records on each and every call that Americans make is likely unconstitutional. It's a program that was a top secret until Edward Snowden revealed it. Could this mean Snowden now deserves amnesty? Anderson discussed this with investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald and Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper appeared before the House Intelligence Committee today and admitted America has been spying on close allies for years, but also claims that U.S. allies absolutely spy on American leaders. After today's testimony journalist Glenn Greenwald spoke to Anderson and challenged claims that leaks he published from Edward Snowden harmed America's fight against terror.
Edward Snowden is back in the headlines after claiming in a New York Times interview that he did not take any secret documents with him to Russia. For the first time since he was granted asylum there, his father Lon traveled to Moscow to see his son. He just returned and told Anderson "It could bring me to tears; I am so proud of my son."
Edward Snowden claims he did not allow Chinese and Russian intelligence agencies to see classified documents. In a new interview with the New York Times, Snowden says he gave all of the documents to journalists while in Hong Kong, and did not bring any with him to Russia. One of the journalists who received classified information from Edward Snowden is Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald. He spoke to Anderson about these latest revelations.
To some former NSA contractor Edward Snowden is a criminal, a traitor, a fugitive from the law. But to others, Snowden is nothing short of a hero and a courageous whistleblower. Now, he has been honored by a group of former U.S. intelligence officers. They gave him the 'Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence' award, named for a late CIA analyst. Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern was there and met with Snowden. Anderson spoke with McGovern on the phone.
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