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US reporter says Snowden gave him 15,000 top-secret documents
« on: August 06, 2013, 01:46:39 PM »
US reporter says Snowden gave him 15,000 top-secret documents

Tue Aug 6, 2013 7:53PM GMT

Glen Greenwald

The US reporter who first released the top-secret documents American intelligence leaker had taken out of the US says he has between 15,000 and 20,000 of the papers.

Glenn Greenwald of Britain's Guardian and one of his colleagues were the first to interview the former American spy Edward Snowden after he fled the US with thousands of documents from the National Security Agency (NSA), America’s biggest spy organization.

"I did not do an exact count, but he gave me 15,000, 20,000 documents. Very, very complete and very long," the Brazil-based journalist said on Tuesday.

Snowden revealed documents about the NSA’s global surveillance programs which included spying on America’s European allies, in particular Germany, as well as Latin American states.

"The stories we have published are a small portion. There will certainly be more revelations on the espionage activities of the US government and allied governments (...) on how they have penetrated the communications systems of Brazil and Latin America," he said.

Snowden spent almost five weeks at the transit zone of Moscow’s international airport after arriving there from Hong Kong on June 23. His asylum request for living in Russia was finally accepted last week but Moscow limited the permit to only one year.

RW - If these documents are digital (and that is how Snowden described them) then all Greenwald needs to do to get an exact count is look in his file manager. This is like Assange all over again. He claimed he had all sorts of documents that had been leaked to him and yet, none of it was ever published and what has been published is either disinfo or well known already. Yet he is hailed as a heroic whistleblower. Greenwald is claiming he has all the goods and yet he'll sit on it rather than publish or release the documents so that he and the Guardian can milk it for all it's worth. Such heroes we don't need. Just money grubbing journalists as far as I can see.
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