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Glenn Greenwald and IAVA’s Paul Rieckhoff Get Into a Shouting Match on “Real Time”

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Last night’s Bill Maher show featured a panel with Paul Rieckhoff of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) and the Mighty Glenn Greenwald, who got into a very heated exchange beginning when Greenwald asserted that US troops in Iraq should be considered terrorists.

It turned into a full-blown yelling match when Rieckhoff said Edward Snowden was “hiding in Russia,” and should come back to the US and “face the music” — at which point Greenwald interrupted him with, “That is total bullshit.”

And it got even louder and more contentious when Rieckhoff pressed Greenwald further on the issue of whether Snowden’s leaked documents have endangered American lives. I have to say kudos to Mr. Rieckhoff for confronting Greenwald over his “aggressive certainty” that nobody could possibly be harmed by the information he’s released. Greenwald’s attitude about this issue is incredibly cavalier, and it was good to see someone who didn’t just accept his facile rationalizations for a change.

After the show, Rieckhoff posted the following on Twitter:

So you’d assume this meant there was mutual respect, no hard feelings, that kind of thing, right?

Well, you don’t know Glenn Greenwald then, because he also took to Twitter to post several comments sniping at Rieckhoff:

You can almost see the sneer.

So Greenwald went with @PaulRieckhoff after the show and had a drink, I would assume acted friendly, then came back on Twitter and immediately started trashing him. Pure class.

Greenwald’s fans, meanwhile, replied to his tweets about endangering CIA agents with even more class:

I love how he wishes for all these people to be murdered, then ends it with a smiley face.

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