American journalist Glenn Greenwald has said he will publish the names of dissidents and critics who have been the target of US spying activities.
Greenwald, whose reporting of documents leaked by Edward Snowden helped expose the scope and scale of US spying activities, says key questions regarding the US National Security Agency’s specific targets have remained unanswered which he is about to answer.
“One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’ Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer,” Greenwald told British newspaper The Sunday Times.
“There is this genuinely menacing [spy] system and at the same time, [they] are really inept about how they operate it,” Greenwald said, according to Newsmax. “Not only was he [Snowden] out there under their noses downloading huge amounts of documents without being detracted, but to this day, they’re incapable of finding out what he took.”
Last year, Snowden leaked documents he had obtained from the NSA which showed, among other things, how the US spied on Americans’ phone calls and the online activities of all people around the world.
Fearing prosecution, Snowden had fled to Hong Kong before making the revelations. He then fled to Russia and was granted temporary asylum there in August.
According to a US Department of Defense report, a heavily redacted copy of which was obtained by The Guardian earlier this year under the Freedom of Information Act, the extent of the damage to the US national security from Snowden leaks is staggering.
Reprinted from Press TV.