Glenn Greenwald, of The Intercept. [Reuters]
The National Security Agency records the entire content of every phone call in Afghanistan, claims WikiLeaks.
The organization named the country referred to in previous news reports as "Country X"
. News organizations including The Intercept
and the Washington Post
say they chose not to identify the unnamed country because concern that doing so would likely lead to violence and loss of lives.
It is unclear whether WikiLeaks has access to the documents leaked by Edward Snowden to reporters at the Intercept and the Washington Post, or if another person with access to that information outed "Country X" to someone at WikiLeaks. Or,
As the leak site Cryptome noted earlier, it may be that WikiLeaks simply believes that the mystery country is Afghanistan given the already-public information available.
Since the earliest days of the Snowden revelations, apologists for the NSA’s criminal spying program have said that Snowden should have gone “through channels” to report his concerns, rather than giving evidence to journalists and going public.
Though he “harmed American interests,” says Eric Holder, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks “were also a public service.”
Michael from Muckrock found a reference to “Untangling the Web,” an internal NSA guide to the Internet, on Google Books, so he requisitioned a copy from the NSA under the Freedom of Information Act.
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