Saturday, June 21, 2014

Did Snowden's leaks harm anyone?

This was a debated question last night on Real Time. Maher quoted Richard Clark, who was part of a panel which received all of the intelligence data on the leaks. Clark said that Snowden's releases "helped the terrorists," a rather vague expression that doesn't at all answer the question. Greenwald makes the case that the government to date has provided no evidence that this is so. The government's response on such a charge is that to do so would further release classified information to terrorists. Really? They can't release any evidence without this concern? It doesn't sound right. Rieckhoff on the show asked if Snowden can be sure if what he release didn't harm anyone. Greenwald rightly countered that Snowden is being accused of a crime here, and the burden of proof is on the government to provide evidence to that effect.

rieckhoff by tommyxtopher

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