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Published on Jun 10, 2013
Guardian UK reporter Glenn Greenwald appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday to discuss his coverage of the NSA whistleblower case. During the process, he took umbrage with host Mika Brzezinski’s use of White House “talking points” to defend the NSA tactics on monitoring Americans. And he let her know.
During the lengthy segment, Greenwald pressed a few points concerning the legality of Snowden’s actions and the Guardian’s reporting, stating:
What we disclosed is of great public interest, of great importance in a democracy…that the U.S. government is building this massive spying apparatus, aimed at its own population…and it (the data leak) harms nobody.
The only people who have been harmed are those in power who want to conceal their actions and their wrongdoing from the people to whom they are supposed to be accountable.
In a contentious interview that extended for the entire opening segment of the morning show, Greenwald and Mika Brzezinski battled more than once. The sparks started flying after Greenwald tried to answer Brzezinski’s two claims that Congress knew about the NSA program and that it was legal.