Edward Snowden's yet-unleaked leaks could be USA's 'worst nightmare,' says Glenn Greenwald (updated)

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who was first to publish the documents that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked about the US government's surveillance programs, gave an interview to the Argentinean daily La Nacion.

"Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had," he is quoted as having said from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

"The U.S. government should be on its knees every day begging that nothing happen to Snowden, because if something does happen to him, all the information will be revealed and it could be its worst nightmare."

A synopsis of the interview in English at Reuters.

UPDATE: Greenwald says Reuters misrepresented him; his response is here. Snip:

Like everything in the matter of these NSA leaks, this interview is being wildly distorted to attract attention away from the revelations themselves. It's particularly being seized on to attack Edward Snowden and, secondarily, me, for supposedly "blackmailing" and "threatening" the US government. That is just absurd.

That Snowden has created some sort of "dead man's switch" - whereby documents get released in the event that he is killed by the US government - was previously reported weeks ago, and Snowden himself has strongly implied much the same thing. That doesn't mean he thinks the US government is attempting to kill him - he doesn't - just that he's taken precautions against all eventualities, including that one...

And here's his recap of what revelations about the National Security Agency have come from the Edward Snowden leaks over the past month.

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  1. The present US government is not the only way to provide such services to citizens, and is certainly not the best way. If our institutions are hostile to us, we should dismantle them and replace them.

  2. You misunderstand. The purpose of the US Government is the production of the services of its citizens for the benefit of its corporate owners. Where does this idea of services to the citizens come from? If a citizen wants services, let that citizen pay for them.

  3. Harm to the USG in this instance, is not harm to the people of the US. Rarely is harm to any government harm to the nationals. The USG is responsible for more than 20 million civilian deaths since the fighting stopped in Korea. It needs to be harmed as often as possible until it stops harming innocents around the world.

  4. In Soviet America, card fall you where they

  5. Talk about a painting a giant target for anyone with a beef against the US/NSA.

    It doesn't paint a "target" on him, it puts a pet 900 pound gorilla named DeathMonkey at his side.

    The people most worried about the leaks of this nature are multi-national corporatists anyway. Don't fool yourself into thinking the people who profit off of the the United States military complex are all from the shiny USA alone. Just look at all the countries that are too chicken-shit to offer him asylum for a clue on this.

    A huge amount of classified infos protects corruption for monied interests that have their tentacles spread across the globe.

    You're taking an America-centric approach to a DeathMonkey that has a voracious, worldwide appetite.

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