Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) (R-MI) went after Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald for breaking the NSA snooping story. During an appearance on ABC News’ This Week, Rogers focused his ire on Greenwald and the (at the time, unknown) NSA leaker.
Someone did not have authorization to release this information. Why that’s so important is they didn’t have all of the information. I know your reporter that you interviewed, Greenwald, says that he’s got it all and now is an expert on the program. He doesn’t have a clue how this thing works, and neither did the person who released just enough information to literally be dangerous.
Rogers, who chairs the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, took issue with Edward Snowden’s decision to take it upon himself to reveal the NSA program to the world via a journalist rather than use the whistle-blower mechanisms already in place.
He can come to the committees if he has concerns. We have IGs they can go to in a classified way, if they have concerns. Taking a very sensitive, classified program, that targets foreign persons on foreign lands, and putting just enough out there to be dangerous, is dangerous to us, it’s dangerous for our national security, and violates the oath which that person took. I absolutely think they should be prosecuted.
Watch the segment here: