Glenn Greenwald, acclaimed journalist and co-founder of the Intercept, appeared on Sunday as a guest for CNN’s “Reliable Sources.” Greenwald has had his fair share of experience with journalism surrounding leaked information as he covered the groundbreaking NSA files and other stores regarding security and constitutional privacy for “The Guardian” with information provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Though Greenwald has long criticized WikiLeaks’ method of indiscriminately dumping information, different from “The Guardian’s” decision to leave out some of Snowden’s information for safety purposes, he said that it’s ethical for journalists to cover the leak:
Not only is it ethical, it would be incredibly unethical if journalists ignored it. Many of the most important stories in the history of American journalism comes from stolen materials. Whether it be the Pentagon Papers, whether it be the [Chelsea Manning] and Snowden files, whether it be sources that take classified information and give it to Dana Priest at the Washington Post so she can uncover CIA blacksites or the [George Bush] warrantless eavesdropping program.
On the recent leaks, Greenwald said that some in the media were reporting on completely normal interactions as though they were damning but also stated that important pieces of information were revealed.
Many have criticized the media for either focusing too heavily on the WikiLeaks reveal or allegations that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sexually assaulted and was inappropriate with several women. Greenwald disagreed with those on the left who claimed that there was nothing of substance to be found in the emails. He said that both needed to be covered.