The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald discusses why NSA leaker Edward Snowden took part in an online chat while in hiding on Monday, and why the 29-year-old believes the U.S. government may want to harm him. Greenwald tells Anderson Cooper that Snowden is reacting to accusations made about him and wants to answer questions about what he did and why he did it.
Tonight Anderson Cooper asked Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian to respond to the accusations that he threatened to disclose the names of CIA agents, and the idea he should face consequences for his reporting on Edward Snowden and breaking the story on the U.S. surveillance programs.
Republican Congressman Peter King said on AC360 Tuesday night if reporters linked to the NSA leaker willingly knew they were revealing classified information, they should be punished. Then today the lawmaker claimed Greenwald was threatening to reveal the names of CIA personnel, which King considers a direct attack on America. For that, King is calling for Greenwald to be prosecuted.
Greenwald calls King's allegations a fabrication.
New York Congressman Peter King, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Counterintelligence and Terrorism, spoke with Anderson Cooper about the 29-year-old former contractor for the National Security Agency who revealed top secret information about government surveillance programs.
King believes Edward Snowden put American lives at risk by releasing security details that can be accessed by the country's enemies. "I think he's violated the Espionage Act, so in my mind...that would make him a traitor," he says.
When asked if reporters should face consequences, the Republican lawmaker says news outlets have legal and moral obligations. "If they willingly knew that this was classified information, I think actions should be taken, especially something of this magnitude," says King.
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, knows something about secrets and what happens when they're exposed.
He has some advice for Edward Snowden, who recently leaked information about the extent of U.S. electronic surveillance programs.
"I would strongly advise him to go to Latin America," Assange told CNN's AC360 Monday night. "Latin America has shown in the past 10 years that it is really pushing forward in human rights. There's a long tradition of asylum."
Assange spoke from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he has been holed up for almost a year.
Ecuador's government granted him asylum in August, but British authorities have said they will arrest him if he leaves the premises
Miguel Marquez reports on what Edward Snowden did before flying to Hong Kong, and what's left of his life in Hawaii. The 29 year old fled the U.S. and leaked top secret information about the government's phone and Internet surveillance programs.
CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says Edward Snowden didn't have the right to expose government surveillance programs. Snowden, a 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor, released top secret information about programs that collect phone and Internet data.
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks out tonight on AC360 about the Obama administration’s surveillance programs. Assange calls Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old who says he leaked documents on the programs, a “heroic young man.”
Assange blasts the White House telling Anderson “you can’t trust any sort of statement” made by them on the controversial tracking of telephone calls and online activity. He argues there’s no validity to a secret “worldwide surveillance” program and says it’s time to stop the collection of information.
Assange talked to Anderson from the Ecuadorian embassy in London where he fled about a year ago to avoid extradition to Sweden where he’s wanted for questioning over rape and sexual assault allegations. Assange has denied the accusations and fears Sweden will transfer him to the United States to face charges over his WikiLeaks website.
Glenn Greenwald says when the govt. operates in secret, officials abuse power. Ari Fleischer defends President Obama and the surveillance programs that monitor citizens' online activities and phone records.
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