Greenwald Asks: “Are There Any Meaningful Differences Between Ellsberg and Snowden?”
This afternoon the always loquacious Glenn Greenwald took to the Twitters to make one of those self-aggrandizing, absurdly overblown comparisons for which he’s well-known:
Are there any meaningful differences between the actions of Dan Ellsberg & Edward Snowden?
Since Greenwald has blocked me on Twitter, I can’t directly respond, so I posted a series of tweets instead:
I’d answer, but you blocked me. RT @ggreenwald Are there any meaningful differences between the actions of Dan Ellsberg & Edward Snowden?
Ellsberg may support Snowden, but the comparison is ludicrous. The Pentagon Papers revealed massive, illegal govt coverups of wrongdoing…
…leading to the deaths of many thousands of Americans in an unwinnable war. However you see the importance of Snowden’s leaks…
…there is just no valid comparison between the two cases.
@BobSaietta Didn’t say that. But comparing legal program that has Congressional oversight with an illegal war that’s actually killing …
@BobSaietta …people by the hundreds of thousands is ridiculous.
I guess I have to say it again - I am not defending NSA surveillance programs. They need much more transparency.
I have massive respect for what Daniel Ellsberg did. I was just coming into draft age at the time. This had a very immediate importance.
Edward Snowden may have brought issues out into the open that need addressing, but comparing his disclosures to Ellsberg’s is offensive.
@TheBradBlog Ellsberg makes powerful points & I agree with a lot of what he says, but he didn’t make the absurd claim Greenwald did.
@TheBradBlog Greenwald asked a very specific question and made an offensively overblown comparison, & I’m answering that.