Is Glenn Greenwald a thief?

“A senior US legislator has accused the former Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald of illegally selling National Security Agency documents provided to him by the whistleblower Edward Snowden,” writes Spencer Ackerman for the Guardian.

Representative Mike Rogers, chairman of the House intelligence committee, suggested Greenwald was a “thief” after he worked with news organizations who paid for stories based on the documents.

“For personal gain, he’s now selling his access to information, that’s how they’re terming it … A thief selling stolen material is a thief,” Politico quoted Rogers as saying after a committee hearing on Tuesday. Rogers said his source for the information was “other nations’ press services”.

Since leaving the Guardian in October, Greenwald has worked on a freelance basis with news organizations worldwide on stories based on Snowden’s surveillance documents. But he told the Guardian he has “never, never, ever” sold the documents themselves to anyone “Mike Rogers is literally just fabricating and lying when he says that,” Greenwald said.

Today’s Question: Is Glenn Greenwald a thief?

  • Yanotha Twangai

    If he’s selling stolen goods, as Rep. Rogers alleges, isn’t he rather a fence?

  • semisemite

    Is this congressional noise actually something that merits media coverage?

  • JQP

    crime is a selective sliding scale concept.
    there are people serving felony time for possessing smoking weed and now its legal on colorado.
    Prohibition put many in jail … only to have its legality tossed aside.
    knowledge is the new drug and the efforts of MIke Rogers, FISA, attorneys general and oval office leadership … won’t change the fact that Americans really DO want to know just what the frick their paranoid security and military groups are up to.

    As the Band RANCID sings :
    “Good intentions are misunderstood… but that motherf%3&! is up to no good.”

  • PaulJ

    Even if it was copyrighted intellectual property, isn’t there a ‘reasonable use’ clause. Whistle blowing seems to be reasonable use.

    • Yanotha Twangai

      By law, nothing the government produces is under copyright. It may be protected by secrecy and espionage law, but not copyright.

  • Rich in Duluth

    Although I think that Snowden should be prosecuted for taking the documents, Greenwald, as a news reporter, should be protected by the First Amendment.

    • What?


  • jon

    The people of the United States bought and paid for those programs, and those documents with tax dollars.
    No one told us what we had bought or more what was bought on our behave…
    I guess the best answer I can give is “It takes one to know one.”

  • Bill

    This is just another way that the political system and media are trying to make whistle blowing a BAD thing. What Snowden did was was something that needed to be done. Our government is SO corrupt and he just helped to open peoples eyes to it. What Glenn Greenwald is doing is reporting and he should be protected under the Constitution. We need more investigational reporting.

    • What?

      Oh my god! It isn’t whistle blowing! Go and research what Snowden did – ALL of it! The people who so blindly worship Snowden are way more vulnerable to being these supposed extremist followers than those of us who look at ALL the facts objectively, stay calm, and see clearly that he did damage our society. There is more to this than NSA revelations.

      That said, the congressman was probably just rightly pissed off but wrong in claiming it is theft.

  • Fed up

    If you’re intention is to create a facist dictatorship, then calling him a thief is the way to go. All this nose bleed of a congressman is doing is distracting people from the actual discussion we should be having. And our useless media is falling for it hook line and sinker. Thank god for the guardian for publishing this stuff. Even MPR/NPR no longer have the balls to tell the truth.

    I’m done listening to and supporting mpr. It’s all pointless noise.

    • Bill

      Good comment, I hope people are waking up. We don’t have much time.

  • JT

    What? No! Of course not.

  • Jim G

    I don’t really know, and that’s the point. These are unfounded allegations…based upon sources within “other nations’ press services.” This slanderous remark sounds pretty sketchy on the facts and mighty strong on the innuendo. The goal is to intimidate investigative reporters from digging up the dirty secrets our government hides from everyone, even themselves.

  • PinguinoRoja

    Does your mom have hairy nipples?

    • Jamie

      So, what I hear you saying is, and correct me if I’m wrong – I don’t know and if I want to find out, it’s going to be an ugly process that I won’t like the answer to either way.