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From Newt Gingrich, explaining to Greta Van Susteren why Edward Snowden’s leaks have been so harmful:

What Snowden did was very damaging at one level because there are a lot of things a democracy can do to protect itself, as long as they’re genuinely secret. And people will tolerate it as long as it’s genuinely secret.

Yeah, I guess people will tolerate just about anything as long as they don’t know it’s happening. This is why Newt is the philosopher king of the Republican Party.

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