Journalist: Snowden Documents Contain NSA 'Blueprint'
According to Glenn Greenwald, a journalist withThe Guardian newspaper, whistleblower and former contractor Edward Snowden has documents amounting to an "instruction manual" on how the National Security Agency works.
Greenwald spoke with the Associated Press in an interview on Sunday and explained that if Snowden were to release the documents, they would "allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it." Greenwald has said in previous interviews that Snowden has information that could cause a great deal of damage to the U.S., but "that's not his goal."
Greenwald was the first to report on the intelligence leaks, which revealed a widespread surveillance program by the NSA which allowed the security agency to intercept data from Internet and telephone conversations from over a billion people worldwide. After the leak, Snowden fled to Hong Kong, and later to Moscow, where he spent several weeks in an airport transit zone seeking asylum.
Snowden met with reporters and human rights groups on Friday and said he was willing to meet Russian president Vladimir Putin's condition -- that the country would offer him asylum until he had the chance to move on to Latin America as long as he didn't keep leaking U.S. secrets.
"I haven't sensed an iota of remorse or regret or anxiety over the situation that he's in," said Greenwald. "He's of course tense and focused on his security and his short-term well-being to the best extent that he can, but he's very resigned to the fact that things might go terribly wrong and he's at peace with that."
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