Lawrence O’Donnell knows how to ask the right questions, and last night he did just that when interviewing Glenn Greenwald. Greenwald is the journalist who revealed details of the NSA program which led to the identification of the “IT guy” and leaker, Edward Snowden.
O’Donnell asked Greenwald,
“Given that the NSA as you’re portraying it knows everything, sees everything – how is it in that environment that you were able to communicate internationally over a period of time with someone working as a contractor for the NSA right under their noses? I mean, isn’t what you’ve pulled off here – this successful leak – evidence that NSA really doesn’t know everything that we are suggesting it knows?”
Watch this video from MSNBC, captured by Mediaite:
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported today that a majority of Americans support the NSA phone programm prioritizing probes over privacy:
Overall, 56 percent of Americans consider the NSA accessing telephone call records of millions of Americans through secret court orders “acceptable,” while 41 percent call the practice “unacceptable.” In 2006, when news broke of the NSA’s monitoring of telephone and e-mail communications without court approval, there was a closer divide on the practice — 51 percent to 47 percent.