A contentious exchange erupted on Twitter on Monday into Tuesday in which Vanity Fair editor Kurt Eichenwald and The Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald battled over the prudence of publishing leaks relating to the National Security Agency’s communications monitoring programs. The exchange was heated but professional until MSNBC contributor Joy-Ann Reid entered the discussion and sided with those defending the federal government’s prerogative to keep those NSA programs a secret. Greenwald quickly and effectively derailed her line of reasoning.
The Eichenwald/Greenwald feud began on Twitter on Monday amid a dispute over the appropriateness of publishing Snowden’s leaks regarding NSA counterterror practices. The battle quickly snowballed into a discussion of Greenwald’s methods and his corroborating sources.
The fight escalated and became personal quickly, eventually forcing Eichenwald to correct his more zealous followers who began to attribute base motives to Greenwald’s reporting.
Reid entered the fray and joined the team of Eichenwald followers arguing in favor of the government’s effort to keep the NSA’s programs a secret while implying that Greenwald’s reporting was being influenced by his own high self-regard.
She piled on a bit after not receiving a prompt reply.
Eventually, Greenwald gave her one.
As of this writing, Reid has not responded to Greenwald’s final tweet.
UPDATE: Not taking Greenwald’s snub lying down, Reid and Eichenwald responded forcefully:
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