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Greenwald: ‘Extremely Inspiring Bipartisan Coalition’ Has Emerged Against NSA Spying

Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who helped Edward Snowden reveal the massive domestic surveillance program being run by the NSA, hailed the “extremely inspiring bipartisan coalition” against government spying, noting opposition cuts across traditional political cleavages.

Greenwald appeared on NBC’s “Meet The Press” Sunday — although host David Gregory controversially did not conduct the interview — to discuss his new book and how the NSA spying scandal continues to unfold nearly one year later.

He denied that the disclosures did anything to help terrorists, a charge frequently leveled against him by top intelligence officials.

“This claim that these disclosures have helped the terrorists is the same script from which they always read whenever people shine a light on what they’re doing,” Greenwald shot back, “and I hope nobody is willing to accept it on faith but instead demands evidence that that has happened, because there actually is none.”

The journalist also spoke hopefully about the future of government surveillance, noting support for ending the practice is spread across the political spectrum.

“One of the most encouraging aspects of the story, I think, has been that there has been a complete breakdown in the traditional standard divisions between left and right — or conservative and liberal, Republican and Democrat,” Greenwald explained. “There has been this extremely, I think, inspiring bipartisan coalition that has emerged that has demanded that there be constraints imposed on the NSA.”

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