Eric Holder: US Doesn’t Plan to Prosecute Glenn Greenwald

Posted: November 19, 2013 in Eric Holder, Glenn Greenwald, NSA
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Eric  Holder: US Doesn’t Plan to Prosecute Glenn Greenwald

“On  the basis of what I know now”
 
by Charles Johnson
Attorney General Eric Holder said today that although the US still wants to  see NSA leaker Edward Snowden stand trial, there are no  plans to prosecute Glenn Greenwald.

Holder indicated that the Justice Department is not planning to prosecute  former Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, one of the journalists who received  documents from Snowden and has written a series of stories based on the leaked  material. Greenwald, an American citizen who lives in Brazil, has said he is  reluctant to come to the U.S. because he fears detention and possible  prosecution.

“Unless information that has not come to my attention is presented to me,  what I have indicated in my testimony before Congress is that any journalist  who’s engaged in true journalistic activities is not going to be prosecuted by  this Justice Department,” Holder said.

“I certainly don’t agree with what Greenwald has done,” Holder said. “In some  ways, he blurs the line between advocate and journalist. But on the basis of  what I know now, I’m not sure there is a basis for prosecution of  Greenwald.”

Greenwald, of course, is still pretending to be a persecuted victim of the US  government.

“That this question is even on people’s minds is a rather grim reflection of  the Obama administration’s record on press freedoms,” he said in an e-mail. “It  is a positive step that the Attorney General expressly recognizes that  journalism is not and should not be a crime in the United States, but given this  administration’s poor record on press freedoms, I’ll consult with my counsel on  whether one can or should rely on such caveat-riddled oral assertions about the  government’s intentions.”

“That this question is even on people’s minds” is actually only because Glenn  Greenwald keeps bringing it up like a crude boogeyman scare story. Neither AG  Holder nor anyone else in the Obama administration has ever proposed prosecuting  him, and he knows it.

Comments
  1. doctorrob54 says:

    Well then what is their attitude toward Julian Assange,to prosecute or not to prosecute,can we have a clear and honest answer,or is it beyond the US ability to give an honest undertaking.

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