Journalist Glenn Greenwald upbraided CNN over a tweet it later deleted that said admitted National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was offering to “spy on the US & help Brazil investigate NSA surveillance.”
Moments after the tweet was sent, Greenwald blasted the network for the “reckless” headline.
“Dear CNN: even for you, this is so remarkably reckless and false that it’s shocking,” he wrote.
CNN ultimately deleted the original tweet and replaced it with a more accurate headline: “#NSA leaker Edward Snowden is offering to help investigate U.S. surveillance of Brazilian citizens.”
Greenwald, who broke the initial story about NSA snooping with Snowden’s leaks, said CNN “did the right thing” by deleting the first tweet. The news network later admitted it had sent an “erroneous tweet” and thanked followers for the “feedback.”
“CNN’s story about Snowden’s open letter to the people of Brazil makes no similar intimations that the exiled former NSA contractor had offered to “spy” on the U.S,” Mediaite’s Matt Wilstein noted. “In a statement on the matter, Greenwald said Snowden’s letter is “being wildly misreported” and does not represent a new request for asylum.”
Read CNN’s report on Snowden here.