When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden, Daniel Ellsberg, and How America Has Changed

Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden and His New Book, No Place to Hide: "What do you think would happen if Snowden were to fly from, say, Moscow to New York today?

Glenn Greenwald: "I think it would be a huge media circus, and then he would be instantly arrested and probably rendered incommunicado for the entire duration of his judicial proceeding on the grounds that he has classified information that could damage the United States. The prosecutors would say he would have to be kept away from media. He would just be disappeared. Rendered completely invisible and mute. When Daniel Ellsberg was on trial [for leaking the Pentagon Papers], he was allowed to speak out and defend himself. Which is why Ellsberg wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post last July saying Snowden was absolutely right to flee, because America has changed so drastically. Snowden would never be released on bail and would never get a fair trial."


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