23 July 2013
Glenn Greenwald on Snowden Leak Halt for RU Asylum
Glenn Greenwald tweets, 23 July 2013, 7PM:
@AtlasExplorer @Cryptomeorg Snowden's situation has zero to do with our ongoing
reporting, which will continue no matter what.
If GG comments on this, let us know: cryptome[at]earthlink.net
Russian original in newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets:
Google translation tidied by Cryptome:
July 22, 2013
Glenn Greenwald, Associate of Edward Snowden, talked to "MK" about his
By Andrew Yashlavsky
Former CIA technical officer and U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden
disclosed secrets of U.S. intelligence, now famous in the whole world. Glenn
Greenwald is known to a narrow circle of people. But it is precisely this
American blogger and journalist and Guardian columnist who published Snowden's
information. "MK" contacted Greenwald and asked him a few questions.
Glenn Greenwald is going to publish a book based on the revelations of Snowden
and warns those who may wish to silence the "whistleblower": "He has already
distributed thousands of documents and made sure that different people around
the world have the full archive. If anything happens to him, these documents
will be made public. This is his insurance. The U.S. government should daily
pray on their knees no harm happens to Snowden. Because if that happens,
all of this information will be released and it will be the worst nightmare
for the United States."
And Snowden, according to Greenwald, "has enough information that in just
one minute could cause more damage to the U.S. government than anyone else
has ever done in the history of the United States."
- Glenn, you're going to write and publish a book dedicated to exposing
the activities of U.S. intelligence on the basis of materials disclosed by
Snowden. Is it possible to know more detail about this? - "MK" asked
the American journalist.
- In this book I tell the story of how I started working with Edward Snowden
as my source of information about the large-scale secret spy program, which
was created by the United States government, and then turned on its own citizens
and the rest of the world. In my book, I will also explore reasons why such
a system threatens fundamental freedoms and privacy.
- Are not you afraid for your own safety, after all, in the book you're
going to touch on sensitive issues for the U.S. government. Would not you,
too, like Snowden, be pursued by the U.S. government?
- A couple of prominent American leaders have called for me to be arrested.
But, fortunately, the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom
of the press. Of course, over the last decade-plus, the U.S. government has
repeatedly argued that it is re-examining some legal or constitutional framework.
However, since I live in Brazil, it will be very difficult for the American
authorities to prevent the emergence of a book I'm writing.
- You are now in contact with Edward Snowden?
- I have been in contact with him, but Mr. Snowden is now very focused on
fulfilling the conditions that required by the Russian government so that
he could stay in Russia. And as a result, our communication is reduced to
a discussion of his general condition and the response of the United States
and around the world to texts written by me.
- In general, what do you think about his decision to seek asylum in Russia?
In your opinion, is the right place for people like Snowden?
- I think a refuge from political persecution is an extremely important right
in the international legal system. There is no doubt that the United States
pursues "whistleblowers": anyone who exposes serious violations of the law,
fraud and corruption of U.S. officials. That is exactly what Mr. Snowden
did. Around the world there are few countries in which there is both an
opportunity and a desire to use the above-mentioned whistleblower law, instead
of suggestions to capitulate to the U.S. Russia is one of those countries.
So it's understandable why he decided to seek asylum there ...
Glenn Greenwald did not respond when asked about his means of communication