Glenn Greenwald interviewed by Kirsty Wark

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The excellent Glenn Greenwald interviewed by Kirsty Wark on BBC Newsnight. Wark firmly joins the ranks of those in the media who prefer to aggressively attack whistle-blowers and journalists seeking to expose abuse of government power, rather than those who abuse their power positions.

Greenwald: 'My view on journalism is that the more people in power abuse that power, the more accountability and transparency they prove that they need through journalism. And so when I see a government like the UK barge into the newsroom of the newspaper with which I work and demand that they destroy their computers - something you would expect to hear in Iran or Russia or China - or when they detain someone they think is working with a journalist under a terrorism law for nine hours and basically acknowledge through the media that they're doing it to be intimidating - that is a government that is attacking press freedom and abusing their power and showing that they need more transparency and that's the role of journalism'.

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