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Chris Hedges: Without Whistleblowers Like Edward Snowden & Bradley Manning, There Is No Free Press


Watch the full debate on Democracy Now! at http://bit.ly/11vBOmp. Edward Snowden's decision to reveal massive and phone internet surveillance by the NSA has fueled a national debate on whether he acted in the public interest, or endangered the country. Speaking to Democracy Now! in a debate with University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone, journalist Chris Hedges says those who malign Snowden's actions are in fact undermining the principle of a free press. "Without figures like Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, or Julian Assange, the blinds are drawn," Hedges says. "We have no window into what's being done in our name, including the crimes being done in our name. Having worked as an investigative reporter, the life blood of my work were figures like these who had the moral courage to stand up and name the crimes that they witnessed."Democracy Now! is an independent global news hour that airs weekdays on 1,100+ TV and radio stations Monday through Friday. Check out our vast news archive and stream live 8-9am ET at http://www.democracynow.org.FOLLOW DEMOCRACY NOW! ONLINE:Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/democracynowTwitter: @democracynowSubscribe on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/democracynowListen on SoundCloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/democracynow Daily Email News Digest: http://www.democracynow.org/subscribe

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