Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Need to ‘Stop Calling Everybody a Putin Stooge’


Journalist Glenn Greenwald appeared on MSNBC today to keep making his argument that more skepticism is needed in the discussion about Russian hacking––a skepticism that he doesn’t think Democrats are responding to that well.

He told Ari Melber that all we have so far on Russian hacking is “circumstantial evidence” from intelligence agencies who have not been hesitant to spread disinformation before.

Greenwald said all the talk of Russia before the election was just a political tactic, because “fear is a really potent weapon.”

As he indicated on Fox News earlier this week, Greenwald isn’t completely dismissing the idea that Russia was involved in hacking, he’s just asking for evidence to back that claim up.

At one point Melber brought up tweets from Howard Dean about Greenwald’s publication The Intercept:

Greenwald responded by saying Dean sounds like “the love child of J. Edgar Hoover and Roy Cohn.”

He expressed his astonishment at the tactics Democrats are going to and said, “I’m hoping that Democrats stop calling everybody a Putin stooge.”

And just to make his point clear, he singled out some of the responses he got to the segment:

Watch above, via MSNBC.

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