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Glenn Greenwald, the US journalist who published documents leaked by fugitive former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, plans to make new revelations “within the next 10 days or so” on secret US surveillance of the Internet.
“The articles we have published so far are a very small part of the revelations that ought to be published,” Greenwald said at a Brazilian congressional hearing on Tuesday that is investigating US Internet surveillance in Brazil.
“There will certainly be many more revelations on spying by the US government and how it is invading the communications of Brazil and Latin America,” he said in Portuguese.
Th e Rio de Janeiro- based columnist for British newspaper The Guardian said he has recruited the help of experts to understand some of the 15,000 to 20,000 classified documents from the US National Security Agency that Snowden gave him, some of which are “very long and complex and take time to read”.
Greenwald said he does not believe the pro- transparency website WikiLeaks has obtained a package of documents from Snowden, and that only he and filmmaker Laura Poitras have complete archives of the leaked material.
Greenwald said Snowden, who was in hiding in Hong Kong before flying to Russia in late June, was happy to leave a Moscow airport after being granted temporary asylum, and pleased that he has stirred up a worldwide debate on Internet privacy and secret US surveillance programs used to monitor e-mails.
“I speak with him a lot since
The articles we have published so far are a very small part of the revelations that ought to be published. There will certainly be many more revelations on spying by the US government.”
he left the airport, almost every day. We use very strong encryption to communicate,” Greenwald told the Brazilian legislators. “He is very well.”
“He is very pleased with the debate that is arising in many countries around the world on Internet privacy and US spying. It is exactly the debate he wanted,” Greenwald said.
After a meeting in June with Snowden in Hong Kong, Greenwald published in The Guardian the first of many reports that rattled the US intelligence community by disclosing the extent of alleged NSA surveillance of telephone and Internet use.
Last month, in an article co- authored by Greenwald, the Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that the NSA spied on Latin American countries with programs that can monitor billions of e- mails and phone calls for suspicious activity.
Latin American countries fumed at what they considered a violation of their sovereignty, demanding explanations and an apology.