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One of the reasons that Glenn Greenwald, The Guardian, and others have used to justify the release
|National Security Agency Headquarters in Maryland.|
Photograph Courtesy of the Department of Defense.
At the same time, the individuals and entities involved in the publishing of this classified information have insisted that they have reviewed the data and aren’t publishing information that should remain classified (although these assurances have now largely been disproven, and although there is evidence that Snowden and others are part of a foreign government operation).
Nevertheless, if Greenwald and associates insist that the U.S. didn’t have the right to classify and keep private the data that Snowden stole, why do they think that they have a right to do so?
In other words, if it was fair to target and steal the classified data from the U.S. government under the justification that it had no right to classify and hide this information from public view, why aren’t Greenwald and associates now fair game for targeting, hacking, and theft since they are now in possession of the same information and are deciding which parts of it should be released and which parts should not?
This is one of the questions that arises when people arbitrarily decide that they have a “right” to steal classified information, and then that they exclusively have the “right” to decide what part of that data remains hidden from public view and what part is released.