Disturbing: Steve Clemons tweeted the conversation after overhearing the officials saying the NSA leaker and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald should be 'disappeared' on Saturday ......
Intelligence officials overheard joking about how NSA leaker should be 'disappeared' after handing classified documents to press
- Editor-at-large of The Atlantic Steve Clemons tweeted the 'disturbing' discussion after overhearing it at Washington's Dulles airport on Saturday
- The four men were speaking loudly and 'almost bragging'
- They said both the leaker and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story, should be 'disappeared'
- Comes after National Intelligence director James R Clapper defended the surveillance programs for keeping America safe
- NSA filed criminal report with Justice Dept. in relation to leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post
One of the officials was wearing 'a white knit national counter-terrorism center shirt,' Clemons told the Huffington Post. He added that it was clear from their conversation they were among the intelligence community.
Clemons said the conversation initially centered around the event the men had just attended but soon turned to the NSA leaks, which were first reported by Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald.
The term 'disappeared' refers to a secret murder or assassination carried out by dictatorship governments.
Clemons described the discussion on Twitter as 'bravado' and said he believed the disappearing comment was 'half joke half serious.'
'They were loud. Almost bragging. Lacked circumspection about comments & jokes,' he wrote about the conversation in the busy airport lounge.........