Glenn Greenwald: Interference from the national intelligence community is more dangerous than whatever Putin may be trying online

Glenn Greenwald, co-founding editor of The Intercept, said Monday that interference in the presidential election from the U.S. intelligence community is “more threatening” to the nation’s democracy than potential Russian interference. 

“It really is domestic intelligence interference in our election,” Greenwald said on Hill.TV’s “Rising.”

“It’s interference by the CIA and by homeland security and by related agencies in our domestic election, which is infinitely more threatening to our democracy than whatever mischief Russian agencies are primitively doing on Facebook and Twitter.”

Greenwald’s assessment was in response to Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms MORE (I-Vt.) acknowledging last week that he was briefed by U.S. intelligence officials about Russian attempts to interfere in the 2020 elections. 

Sanders said he was briefed after The Washington Post reported that Russia has sought to help Sanders’s presidential campaign. 

Greenwald said the “theme or narrative they’ve settled on” that Russia is looking to help Sanders to nominate the “weakest candidate” against President TrumpDonald TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' MORE is “completely moronic.”

“It's so completely idiotic. The idea that he’s sitting in Moscow presiding over a very complicated country and analyzing the Democratic nomination and picking which candidate he wants to win,” Greenwald added. 

Sanders told reporters he was briefed on Russian interference efforts “about a month ago,” and speculated the news of the potential interference came out now because it was on the eve of the Nevada caucuses. Sanders went on to win the state’s caucuses. 

“Unlike Donald Trump, I do not consider Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinPutin blasts cancel culture, calls gender fluidity 'crime against humanity' Russia breaks daily COVID-19 infections, death record US, allied nations force REvil ransomware group offline: report MORE a good friend. He is an autocratic thug who is attempting to destroy democracy and crush dissent in Russia," Sanders said. "Let’s be clear, the Russians want to undermine American democracy by dividing us up and, unlike the current president, I stand firmly against their efforts, and any other foreign power that wants to interfere in our election."

The New York Times also reported last week that House lawmakers were told by U.S. officials that Russia is also attempting to interfere in the 2020 elections to help Trump’s reelection campaign. 

Russian agents successfully launched an interference campaign to favor Trump in 2016, according to U.S. intelligence agencies, the Senate Intelligence Committee and the report compiled by former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE