Summer of the Whistleblower - Edward Snowden

  • Aired:  06/12/13
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The media debates which incredibly reductive label to pin on NSA leaker Edward Snowden. (2:30)

EMOTIONALLY MA N MANIPULATED

THAN THIS.

WHAT I'M SAYING IS IT'S CLEARLY

NOT YET ON THE LEVEL OF, SAY,

EDWARD SNOWDEN'S REVELATIONS.

SNOWDEN, OF COURSE, THE N.S.A.

CONTRACTOR WHO REVEALED THE

DETAILS OF THEIR CLASSIFIED

PRISM PROGRAM.

NOW, THAT IS A WHISTLE THAT HAS

CAUSED TROUBLE.

NOT JUST TO THE N.S.A. BUT FOR

THE MEDIA.

THEY FACE A VERY DIFFICULT

QUESTION: DO THEY PRIORITIZE THE

LEGAL AND ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS

OF AN UNPRECEDENTED GOVERNMENT

SURVEILLANCE PROGRAM OR DO THEY

GO U.S. WEEKLY ON THE MESSENGER?

I'M JUST GOING TO WRITE DOWN

WHICH ONE I THINK AND PUT MY

ANSWER INTO THIS ENVELOPE.

>> WHO IS EDWARD SNOWEDEN?

>> THE CIVILIAN CONTRACTOR

WORKING WITH COMPUTERS AT THE

N.S.A..

>> A 29-YEAR-OLD HIGH SCHOOL

DROPOUT.

HE WENT TO ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE

SCHOOL IN COF ON THE, MARYLAND.

>> I THINK HE GOT HIS G.E.D..

>> HE GAVE TO THE LIBERTARIAN

CANDIDATE RON PAUL.

>> HE WAS LIVING IN HAWAII WITH

HIS GIRLFRIEND WHO TURNS OUT IS

SOME SORT OF -- LIKE AN ACROBAT

OR GYMNAST.

>> John: OH, LOOK AT THAT!

MAYBE I'M GETTING THE HANG OF

THIS JOB.

MAYBE I WAS RIGHT.

HONESTLY I CAN'T THINK OF

ANYTHING LESS RELEVANT TO BE

TALKING ABOUT RIGHT NOW THAN

WHERE EDWARD SNOWDEN WENT TO

MIDDLE SCHOOL.

>> THE MAN AT THE CENTER OF THE

U.S. INTELLIGENCE LEAKS IS STILL

IN HIDING BUT HIS GIRLFRIEND AND

HER POLE-DANCING YOUTUBE CHANNEL

ARE FRONT AND CENTER.

>> John: OH FOR (BLEEP)'S SAKE!

(LAUGHTER)

I NEVER THOUGHT I'D HEAR MYSELF

SAY THIS BUT I AM NOT INTERESTED

IN ANY POLE DANCING YOUTUBE

CHANNELS RIGHT NOW.

(LAUGHTER)

STILL I GUESS WE NEED ALL THAT

INFORMATION ON SNOWDEN OTHERWISE

WE WON'T KNOW WHICH INCREDIBLY

REDUCTIVE LABEL TO PIN ON HIM.

>> EDWARD SNOWED SEASON A HERO

TO MANY PEOPLE.

HE'S A PUJ.

HE'S A LOSER.

>> THIS MAN IS AN AMERICAN HERO.

>> HELL KNOW HE'S NOT A HERO.

>> HE'S DONE A GREAT SERVICE.

>> INCREDIBLY BRAVE.

>> HE'S A TRAITOR.

>> A DEFECTOR OR TRAITOR.

>> LOOK AT THAT GUY.

HE'S A WEASEL.

CAN WE PUT HIS FACE ON THE

SCREEN.

>> WITH WE ALLOWED TO SAY THAT?

>> HE LOOKS LIKE A WEASEL.

>> OKAY.

>> John: WHOA, WHOA, WHOA.

I DON'T KNOW THAT I'D BE SO

QUICK TO JUMP TO THE ARGUMENT

THAT HE MUST BE WHAT HE LOOKS

LIKE.

ESPECIALLY NOT WHEN WHAT YOU

LOOK LIKE IS THE GUY IN THE FRAT

HOUSE WHO CAN GET YOU ROOFIES.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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