Obama going after Snowden “To Intimidate Future Whistle Blowers”
July 2, 2013
Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who broke the Ed Snowden NSA revelations has urged Americans to brace for yet another bombshell story in the near future.
Appearing on Fox and Friends Tuesday, Greenwald told Eric Bolling that more revelations are forthcoming regarding “vast programs of both domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about that the NSA is engaged in without democratic accountability.”
“You’re going to have to wait along with everybody else until our stories are published,” Greenwald said. Although he did not provide an exact timeframe, Greenwald added “just wait a little bit and you’ll have it.”
The reporter also accused the President of making an example out of Snowden in order to deter potential future whistleblowers.
“I think what the Obama administration wants, and has been trying to establish for the last almost five years now with the unprecedented war on whistleblowers that it is waging, and 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 or corrupt,” Greenwald said.
“They don’t care about Edward Snowden at this point. He can no longer do anything that he hasn’t already done. What they care about is making an extremely negative example out of him to intimidate future whistleblowers because they think they’ll end up like him.” the reporter added.
While revealing that he had not had contact with Snowden since he left Hong Kong, Greenwald insisted that the leaker was eager to remain part of the debate surrounding government surveillance.
“Obviously he wants to stay out of the clutches of the U.S. government given the way that they’ve persecuted whistleblowers. He’s obviously trying to find a place where he can do that but his real goal is to continue to try to be part of the conversation about why he did why he did, what it is that he saw in the NSA, how these spying powers were being abused and to continue to make people around the world and his fellow citizens aware of what his government is doing,” said Greenwald.
Addressing claims from other so called journalists that he should be prosecuted for his role in outing Snowden’s secrets, Greenwald cited Thomas Jefferson.
“Jefferson, 250 years ago, said those who most fear investigations are the ones who attack free press first,” Greenwald said. “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 going to continue to do that no matter what David Gregory and his friends say.”
According to the latest reports, Ed Snowden is still stuck in “no man’s land” as it were in Moscow. After applying to 21 countries for political asylum, only 11 remain possibilities, with Venezuela looking the most sympathetic to his plight.
“[Snowden] deserves the world’s protection.” Venezuela’s new president Máduro told Reuters during a visit to Moscow.
“We think this young person has done something very important for humanity, has done a favour to humanity, has spoken great truths to deconstruct a world that is controlled by an imperialist American elite.” Máduro added.
Steve Watson is the London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.