“I wish he had come to me instead of others, particularly The Guardian,” Woodward said, as quoted by The Blaze. “I would have said to him ‘let’s not reveal who you are. Let’s make you a protected source and give me time with this data and let’s sort it out and present it in a coherent way.’”
Woodward also said he wouldn't call Snowden a hero.
Along with Greenwald, Snowden also went to the Post's Barton Gellman. But Gellman said he could not give the former security contractor assurances over what information the Post would publish.
Greenwald responded forcefully to Woodward on Twitter.
Dear Bob Woodward: Maybe it's worth spending a few minutes thinking about why he didn't http://t.co/OQzorIekhR— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 20, 2013
Gee, with source-bashing views & behavior like this, it's a huge mystery why Snowden didn't go to Bob Woodward http://t.co/Dl3CsPTAOO— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 20, 2013