Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman writes about his interactions with Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old federal contractor who leaked details of the NSA's PRISM program to The Guardian and the Post:
“I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end,” [Snowden] wrote in early May, before we had our first direct contact. He warned that even journalists who pursued his story were at risk until they published.
The U.S. intelligence community, he wrote, “will most certainly kill you if they think you are the single point of failure that could stop this disclosure and make them the sole owner of this information.” [emphasis added]
In case you weren't already sufficiently skeptical of Snowden's claims, his belief that the U.S. intelligence community "will most certainly kill" a U.S. journalist to stop a leak is so detached from reality that it should serve as a wake-up call.
At the Daily Beast, Michael Moynihan cautions that journalists should resist the "the insta-consecration" of Snowden: