A Merry Chase MORE
Margaret O'Brien Steinfels June 24, 2013 - 10:01am
Sunday's blogointernet was full of Edward Snowden's reported departure from Hong Kong. He is said to have arrived in Moscow without anyone actually seeing him--or admitting to it. Now he is not on a plane to Havana. Hmmmm. Where is he?
Wherever, Snowden may actually be, here is the nub of the story so far: "The unwillingness of the Hong Kong authorities to detain Mr. Snowden, and Ecuador’s public declaration that it was considering his asylum request, underscored just how little sympathy the United States is finding from several countries over the unveiling of its surveillance efforts." NYTimes
Missing Tim Russert: I gave up on Meet the Press after a few months of David Gregory, so I missed this yesterday: Per David Carr: "For the time being, it is us (the press) versus them (federal officials), which is part of the reason David Gregory ended up taking a lot of incoming fire for suggesting on...that Glenn Greenwald may have committed crimes, not journalism, when he published leaks by Mr. Snowden."
Gregory: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”
Greenwald: "I think it’s pretty extraordinary that anybody who would call themselves a journalist would publicly muse about whether or not other journalists should be charged with felonies,' Mr. Greenwald responded. 'The assumption in your question, David, is completely without evidence — the idea that I’ve ‘aided and abetted’ him in any way.'” And the Washington Post.
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Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, a former editor of Commonweal, writes frequently in these pages and blogs at dotCommonweal.