Former NSA official Thomas Drake tells guest host David Folkenflik about his recent Moscow meeting with Edward Snowden and his own experience being prosecuted as a whistleblower.
Joel Brenner, Lucy Dalglish and David Folkenflik discuss finding the right balance between having a free press and protecting national security.
Guest host Frank Sesno remarks on what makes a reliable source… and what doesn’t. (Teaser: Who knew a sex tape could teach you something outside the realm of sex?)
Amy Holmes, Michelle Cottle & Howard Kurtz discuss how the media has chosen to cover NSA leaker Edward Snowden.
Editor's note: Howard Kurtz is the host of CNN's "Reliable Sources."
(CNN) – When Edward Snowden decided to expose the administration's massive surveillance program, the CIA contractor turned to journalists he knew would be sympathetic.
By approaching the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, a liberal columnist for a liberal newspaper, and filmmaker Laura Poitras, who Greenwald has credited with "exposing truths that are adverse to U.S. government policy," Snowden was following an increasingly common path for leakers of sensitive material: Find a like-minded soul in the media. And in doing so, they are bypassing the establishment press, which is then forced to play catch-up.
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