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Monday evening's edition of "Piers Morgan Live" offered a decidedly Hollywood feel, as two-time Academy Award winner Sean Penn joined the program for a live interview from Los Angeles.
Well known for signature roles in such films as "Milk," "Mystic River," and "Dead Man Walking," Penn is equally passionate about a variety of human rights causes and often speaks openly and passionately about politics and world affairs.
As his conversation with Piers Morgan turned to Edward Snowden and leaked information on government agencies use of secret data-mining programs, the 53-year-old took exception with specific terminology:
"A legitimate whistle-blower is one who is the curator of the information that they're distributing," said Penn, referring to the tag often affixed to the former CIA employee and NSA contractor. "I don't feel that that's the case with Snowden ... I think that we will find forgiveness in our justice system and in our hearts when somebody has called foul on crimes ... by our government against our people, or against other governments or people."
In the truest sense of the word, Penn felt that gathering and sharing information can be a noble endeavor, so long as it's in the interest of protection, safety and transparency:
"The whistle-blower term is being associated with a blitz of information, based on the kind of narcissism of the so-called whistle-blower," he began, before explaining the ways in which the act can be positive. "I encourage the whistle-blower who sees that the constitution of our country is being violated and who takes the risk to sacrifice themselves, but they've got to be very careful."
Watch the clip for more of Morgan's interview with Sean Penn, and to learn about the actor's work with Haitian runners competing in Sunday's New York City marathon, check out The Long Run for Haiti crowdrise campaign.