I was very disappointed to watch this video of people I truly admire making stupid comments.
Bill Maher and Paul Rieckhoff are two of the good guys. That's why I was saddened to see them attack Glenn Greenwald and Edward Snowdon. They should know that the U.S. Government will say whatever they need to say to protect the status quo. This kind of thinking is exactly what got us into Iraq in the first place. All the mountain of "evidence" they had about WMDs were a total sham. I knew they were lying when they couldn't produce one scintilla of real evidence, only speculation and manufactured props, to back their claim. They had months to run around Iraq to find it.
Greenwald is right. It's up to the Government (and Rieckhoff and Maher) to produce the evidence to back their claim. They have had months to do it. Up to this point they have only misrepresented what Snowdon has done - listen to the clip.
I, too, respect Richard Clark immensely, but he is part of the intelligence establishment and even he can find all kinds of ways to speculate on how the totality of the Snowdon files could be used. It doesn't mean that the information that has been released has harmed anyone, and if so I'd like to know the circumstances. If it did happen, they'd be screaming about it - without releasing any names or important details.
Ellsberg did say that Snowdon should stay in Russia. He of all people knows what Snowdon faces in this post 9/11 United [Surveillance] States.