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Morning Reading List 06.24.13.

Gregory catches fire for misguided question — David Gregory’s interview with The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who broke much of the recent information on the NSA, Sunday on “Meet the Press” was going smoothly until Gregory pointedly asked Greenwald why he shouldn’t be prosecuted. WaPo’s Erik Wemple detailed the interview and criticized Gregory on his question, saying “he seeded his question with a veiled accusation of federal criminal wrongdoing, very much in the tradition of ‘how long have you been beating your wife.’” The exact question was the final one in the interview: “To the extent that you have aided and abetted Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?” Wemple points out that only Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) argued for Greenwald’s arrest. Wemple adds that Eric Snowden, the NSA leaker who has been in contact with Greenwald, probably wouldn’t need any help from a journalist in securing sensitive info that he had access to.

Twitter is “#layinglow” — As Facebook, Google and other large tech companies involved with the NSA’s PRISM program have been making headlines with their PR departments scrambling to reassure users of their privacy, one major tech company is staying as far away from Washington as it can. Politico’s Steve Friess reports that Twitter has been, as the headline says, “#layinglow.” Other than when the company’s co-founder Jack Dorsey came to Washington last week to speak at a Small Business Administration event honoring American entrepreneurs, Twitter has not been too flashy inside the Beltway. This is mostly because, as Friess points, Twitter is focused on a single platform, rather than turning into an umbrella of new products, such as Google and Facebook. The company said it’s focused on its current users, and prefers to stay out of the news as much as possible.

Journalist, not Snowden on flight to Cuba Edward Snowden, who leaked information on NSA surveillance programs, was scheduled to be on a flight from Moscow to Cuba en route to Ecuador. As Slate’s Jathan Sadowski reports, Snowden in fact wasn’t on that flight, but dozens of journalists were. The news came as the AP’s Max Seddon tweeted a photo of Snowden’s empty seat inside the airplane, writing, “Standing next to Edward Snowden’s seat on flight to Cuba. He ain’t here.” As Sadowski points out, at least the journalists on board will have 12 hours of trans-Atlantic bonding time. Though it’ll be a dry flight, so no alcohol for reporters during the journey.

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