By Maidhc Ó Cathail
The Passionate Attachment
January 7, 2014
Speaking to Israel’s Channel 10 ~ whose biggest shareholder, cosmetics billionaire Ronald Lauder, is President of the World Jewish Congress ~ Greenwald criticized “the continued imprisonment of Jonathan Pollard,” who was sentenced to life in prison in 1987 after passing more than a million highly classified documents to Israel while working as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy. (Incidentally, Channel 10 owner Lauder is also a supporter of clemency for Pollard.)
“did more damage to the United States than any spy in history”:
“When the U.S. government goes around the world criticizing other countries for spying on allies and prosecuting them,” he said, “are they going to maintain that with a straight face when they’re doing exactly that?”
Asked about the U.S. government’s claim that the purpose of the eavesdropping is to fight terrorism, he responded by citing the documents’ revelations that the NSA eavesdropped on both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Israeli officials, asking:Does the U.S. government think Angela Merkel is a terrorist?Or that democratically elected Israeli officials are involved in terror?