CNN tweet on Snowden riles Greenwald in wake of NSA ruling

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On Tuesday morning, CNN tweeted, then deleted, this:

Glenn Greenwald followed up quickly.

Then, the tweet was deleted.

On Monday night, Huffington Post reported about Greenwald and CNN senior analyst Jeffrey Toobin's debate on the ruling from a federal judge about the "likely illegal" NSA surveillance program.

"How could it not vindicate him?" Greenwald said about the ruling on Monday night. "I think it's not only the right but the duty in Edward Snowden's situation to come forward at great risk to himself and inform his fellow citizens about what it is that their government is doing in the dark that is illegal."

Toobin disagreed, but said this may be as close as Snowden would get to vindication, Huffinton Post reported.

Charlie Savage wrote about the ruling itself by Judge Richard Leon Monday in The New York Times.

“I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary’ invasion than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every single citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval,” Judge Leon wrote in a 68-page ruling. “Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment,” which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

The story also ran a statement from Snowden, which was provided by Greenwald. It read, in part:

“Today, a secret program authorized by a secret court was, when exposed to the light of day, found to violate Americans’ rights,” the statement said. “It is the first of many.”

After CNN's tweet and delete went out this morning, Greenwald responded with this:


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