Michael Hayden: Greenwald Not an 'Objective Reporter'

Thursday, 15 May 2014 07:10 PM

By Sean Piccoli

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Glenn Greenwald's new book about his partnership with NSA leaker Edward Snowden,  "No Place to Hide," is the work of an ideologue, not an objective journalist with regard for the casualties of his reporting, says former NSA and CIA director Gen. Michael Hayden.

"I read reviews of his books, of the book that just came out, and there are people who are on his side that say he's just gone over the top and [is] not admitting of any restraint … or concern for anyone on the other side," Hayden, who recently debated Greenwald at a conference in Canada, said Thursday on Newsmax TV.

"And frankly that's the attitude and behavior I saw on the stage in Toronto two weeks ago," Hayden said of Greenwald in an interview with "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth.

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Greenwald, for his part, says he has "erred on the side of excess caution."

Hayden wouldn't confirm or deny any U.S. spy practices detailed in "No Place to Hide."

Asked about one particular anecdote, that the NSA bugged U.S.-made Internet routers being sold abroad, Hayden told Hayworth:

"OK, the United States, it is claimed, intercepted the delivery of IT equipment overseas to legitimate foreign intelligence targets of the United States, and manipulated that equipment so that the United States government could collect legitimate foreign intelligence.

"I'm trying to find the outrage here, JD, you know what I mean? What did you expect an espionage agency to do?"

Hayden said the decision of whether to conduct surveillance "depends on the threat, it depends on the kind of surveillance, it depends on the oversight, and therefore the facts really matter.

"And Greenwald, by self-admission, he's not an objective reporter. He calls himself an 'advocacy journalist,' " said Hayden.

Remarking on Sony Pictures buying the rights to "No Place to Hide," which could mean somebody being cast to play Hayden, he said, "I probably won't be in line to see the movie."

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