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Saturday, 20 July 2013

New Shocking Revelations by Snowden to Go Public Soon



Glenn Greenwald, columnist for The Guardian and close associate of whistleblower and intelligence contractor Edward Snowden said that, in the near future, new details of top-secret American mass surveillance programmes would go public. He told German public broadcaster ARD in Rio de Janeiro on a Thursday night live broadcast, “I’m sure that the new revelations, which are to be made soon, will be even more shocking than the previous ones”. According to another German TV outlet, N-24, previously, Snowden handed about 9-10,000 top-secret documents to Greenwald and a Der Spiegel reporter. N-24 reported that Greenwald and Snowden keep in touch through encrypted web-based chats. Meanwhile, a source at American publishing imprint Metropolitan Books told the Guardian that Greenwald would publish a book about Snowden’s exposure of mass public surveillance by the US government. Editor Sara Bershtel said that the book includes “new revelations exposing the extraordinary co-operation of private industry and the far-reaching consequences of the government’s programme, both domestically and abroad”. She said that the book is due out in the USA in March 2014.

In spring 2013 Edward Snowden, a former technical contractor for the NSA, leaked secret information on American and British government mass surveillance programmes to the press, primarily to Glenn Greenwald, of London‘s The Guardian. These disclosures rank amongst the most significant security breaches in US history. The US government revoked Snowden’s passport; he’s been in the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since 23 June. On 16 July, Snowden filed an application for temporary asylum in Russia.

19 July 2013

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Snowden Denies Spilling the Beans to Russia or China

00 Snowden didn't talk to us. 10.07.13


According to a report in the Guardian, former CIA employee Edward Snowden, wanted by the USA for leaking details of secret state surveillance programmes, denied supplying information to the Russian or Chinese governments. Snowden said as part of interviews conducted Tuesday and Saturday, “I never gave any information to either government, and they never took anything from my laptops”. The comments from Snowden are the first time the fugitive intelligence contractor spoke publicly since he arrived in Moscow on a 30 June flight from Hong Kong.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who spoke with him, told RIA-Novosti that he conducted the interviews with Snowden online via a “secured chat channel”. Greenwald has close links with Snowden, and he was one of the original journalists to whom Snowden leaked information. The presence of Snowden in both Hong Kong, a part of China, and Russia prompted much speculation that he might cooperate with the security services of the two countries. President Putin said that Russian intelligence agencies never worked with Snowden and weren’t working with him during his stay at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. WikiLeaks, whose representative Sarah Harrison reportedly accompanied Snowden, also denied that Snowden gave information to Russian officials.

Washington wants Snowden on charges of espionage and property theft; it’s revoked his passport. Despite the efforts of dozens of reporters who’ve scoured Sheremetyevo, Snowden hasn’t appeared in public, or spoken to journalists, since his arrival in Moscow. However, Russian officials repeatedly said that Snowden, who reportedly doesn’t have a Russian visa, remains in the Moscow airport. On Wednesday, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko told journalists, “Mr Snowden is in the transit zone on the basis of international law”.

10 July 2013



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