"Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had," Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.
"The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare."
From Guardian UK ~ "About the Reuters Article" by Greenwald
...That Snowden has created some sort of "dead man's switch" - whereby documents get released in the event that he is killed by the US government - was previously reported weeks ago, and Snowden himself has strongly implied much the same thing. That doesn't mean he thinks the US government is attempting to kill him - he doesn't - just that he's taken precautions against all eventualities, including that one (just incidentally, the notion that a government that has spent the last decade invading, bombing, torturing, rendering, kidnapping, imprisoning without charges, droning, partnering with the worst dictators and murderers, and targeting its own citizens for assassination would be above such conduct is charmingly quaint).
From the Associated Press
He said the "literally thousands of documents" taken by Snowden constitute "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built."
"In order to take documents with him that proved that what he was saying was true he had to take ones that included very sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the NSA does what they do," the journalist said Sunday in a Rio de Janeiro hotel room. He said the interview was taking place about four hours after his last interaction with Snowden.
Snowwald: "We get the data and we hold the US ransom for... ONE MILLION DOLLARS!" #MrBigglesworthIsUpset— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) July 13, 2013
Is Glenn Greenwald swiveling around in a wingback chair laughing while stroking a white cat on his lap? I'm just asking.— Bill Harnsberger (@BillinPortland) July 13, 2013
Breaking: Marvel Comics considering new villain based on @ggreenwald . Man who masquerades as a "journalist", wants to destroy world.— Koji Mizuno (@Ijok1998) July 15, 2013
It's one thing to say that Mr. Snowden possesses some information that could be harmful, and that could be part of the calculation that everybody makes here. It's another to make that kind of an aggressive, non-reportorial statement [that] a reporter has no business making.
~ Famed Reporter Carl Bernstein on Morning Joe
I realize Carl Bernstein hasn't done any actual reporting for a couple decades now, but he should nonetheless take the time to read what he's opining on. The Reuters article he's referencing is a complete distortion of what I actually said in that interview. The point I made is the opposite one: that Snowden has been as responsible as a whistleblower can be in ensuring that only information the public should know is revealed, but not gratuitously harmful information.
~ Glenn Greenwald in letter to Politico, responding to Carl Bernstein on Morning Joe
The USA should be "on it's knees"? Who talks like this? What is this, the W.W.E.? This is an absolute joke.
Is Greenwald a journalist or Snowden's agent? I've seen subtler hype machines for Paris Hilton reality shows.
~ WinSmith on Daily Kos
What an amazingly arrogant, skin-crawlingly creepy statement, even for this most arrogant of journalists. Is Greenwald trying to get Edward Snowden killed?
~ Charles Johnson on Little Green Footballs
I’ve been thinking about this all weekend: what’s to keep Snowden from changing the terms of the threat? What if Snowden is apprehended by U.S. officials and they take away his beloved computer? What if he doesn’t like the ways he’s being treated in custody? This is a very paranoid guy under a lot of self-imposed stress, and he’s surrounded by a team of other paranoiacs. As far as I’m concerned just about anything could engage the “dead man switch.”
. . . Greenwald volunteered the threatening language, not Snowden or Wikileaks or Assange. He did it in classic noir mob movie style: “Don’t nobody move, see, or the United States government gets it!”
~ Bob Cesca on The Daily Banter
Starved for attention? Greenwald is becoming rather obnoxious. I wonder if he's actually the one afraid for his life, and he's trying to make himself feel better.
~ StarGazer09 on Democratic Underground
Greenwal and snowden are sounding more and more like terrorists
With their threats, demands, and accusations.
~ BushIsAnIdiot on Democratic Underground
The American government does not negotiate with terrorists and will not negotiate with Snowden while he holds a gun to the head of Americans security.
~ Bocalou in Huff Post
Glenn "it's all about me" Greenwald.
~ Shadrack Hyde on Huff Post
Is this Blackmail??? Is this a Felony??? Is he a Conspirator???
~ Bob A D on Huff Post
pure and total b.s. if that was the case snowden would have been dead weeks ago. the navy seals would have done a bin laden on him and he would be deep in the pacific ocean. i am losing respect for greenwald more every day. america will get him, he wil serve his 10, and then become a greeter at walmart. that is his future.
~ aldoray on Huff Post
This is what heroes do, right, inflict damage on their country and bring it to its knees. So says the hero's champion, the altruist and all-wise journalist Greenwald--just like Ben Franklin.
~ Humble Sage on Huff Post
Dear snowden: Greenwald just painted an international bullseye on you bro.— SheriffFruitfly (@sherifffruitfly) July 13, 2013
Greenwald's just engaging in "deterrance." Blackmail is such an ugly word, after all. https://t.co/RYLqoxCrSG— Danielle (@DCPlod) July 13, 2013