Greenwald: I'm Not the One You Should Investigate
People who reveal government's secrets are heroes, he argues
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2013 1:08 PM CDT
A sign stands outside the National Security Administration (NSA) campus in Fort Meade, Md., Thursday, June 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

(Newser) – Glenn Greenwald isn't worried about the prospect of a Justice Department investigation—and he thinks it's vile that the Obama administration is going after the people behind the NSA leaks in the first place. "The people who do this are heroes," he writes at the Guardian. These people could have enriched themselves by selling this info to a foreign government. Instead "they undertook great personal risk and sacrifice for one overarching reason: to make their fellow citizens aware of what their government is doing in the dark."

Predictably, government officials are threatening to investigate Greenwald and his source as an intimidation tactic, to ward off any other leakers. But this tactic is "beginning completely to backfire on them," because it "reveals their true character, their propensity to abuse power," making people all the more likely to seek to shed light on their actions. "They can threaten to investigate all they want. But … the ones who will actually be investigated are them." Click for Greenwald's full column.