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July 26th, 2013
08:10 PM ET

Glenn Greenwald on Edward Snowden: "If I were the U.S. government, I would be praying for his health"

In a special Saturday edition of "Piers Morgan Live," the primetime program invites Morgan Spurlock to take over, as the host of CNN's "Inside Man" fills in for the British television presenter, bringing "Guest Host Week" to a close in fascinating fashion.

Welcoming reporter Glenn Greenwald, the columnist for "The Guardian" who is largely credited with breaking the story surrounding Edward Snowden and leaked information on government agencies use of secret data-mining programs, Spurlock asks why the former National Security Agency contractor fled America:

"Why did he leave the U.S. in the first place? Why not stay here and fight," wonders Spurlock. "If he was really a hero, wouldn't he have just, you know, be seen a little differently if he had just stuck around and kind of stood his ground?"

Seemingly protecting his confidant, Greenwald offers the alternative perspective:

"I don't think so. Um, if you look at what Bradley Manning, for example, did, who leaked thousands of pages showing serious war crimes on the part of the United States, he didn't run, and yet most people in the media and lots of people in the United States viewed him as somehow an odious person, even a traitor," explains the columnist. "He's been locked away in a cage for many years and we haven't heard from him."

As to the reported information that Snowden may still be in possession of, Greenwald insists that keeping him alive, and safe, is in America's national interest:

"If he were killed, there'd be no telling how those documents would then get released, probably more irresponsibly," says the columnist. "If I were the U.S. government I would be praying for his health, not trying to kill him, because of how responsible of a whistleblower he's been in insisting that these stories be reported judiciously."

Watch the clip for more of Spurlock's interview with Greenwald, and for the full edition of "Piers Morgan Live" as hosted by the "Inside Man," tune to CNN Saturday at 9.
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  1. Michael Samuel

    So the mother lied!!!! It was her that killed her own son, and blame it on these innocent men!

    July 29, 2013 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. tmckewin

    Of course Glenn Greenwald is hoping the best for his favourite leaker, so what else is new? Snowden is a Traitor, pure and simple! Nobody asked him to take the job with the National Security Agency, he sought it out in order that he could perform his Traitorous act, the sure sign of a Coward! I hope Putin kicks him out of Russia and he winds up in a true haven of Democracy, such as Zimbabwe!

    July 29, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. mohssine

    Of pedagogy Astronaut Greenwald is hoping the physiologist for his pick leaker, so what added is new? Snowden is a Malefactor, virtuous and orbicular! Nobody asked him to hold the job with the Subject Department Authority, he sought it out in request that he could fulfil his Traitorous act, the reliable signalise of a Dramatist! I comedian Solon kicks him out of Russia and he winds up in a truthful port of Republic, much as Zimbabwe!

    July 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. sandcanyongal

    The only traitors are the U.S. government, military bozos who should all be indicted on criminal charges, tried by a court and if found guilty, executed publicly. This is my opinion. This is my country.

    July 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Charlane Meyer, all rights reserved

    Yes, the US government should be praying for the health of Edward Snowden.

    July 30, 2013 at 1:25 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Jim

    James Risen and Glen GreenwLd only really care about selling newspapers. They could care less about the security of the Country. So, I would tell them to start telling the truth.

    July 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Scott Hanson

    Mr. Greenwald and the Guardian should not concern themselves with American National Security. They are playing a dangerous game under the guise of Freedom of the Press. Some things are not for general knowledge. Don't they teach anything in journalism school ? Wouldn't suprise me if people stopped buying into the Gaurdian's form of free press.

    August 2, 2013 at 11:15 am | Report abuse | Reply

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