Expect new spying revelations “within the next 10 days or so,” Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald said on Tuesday during testimony at a Brazilian Senate committee hearing.
Telling the group of lawmakers that he had received between 15,000 and 20,00 documents from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, the Rio-based Greenwald said that the NSA surveillance stories that have been published so far represent just “a small portion” of the revelations. “There will certainly be more revelations on the espionage activities of the US government and allied governments (…) on how they have penetrated the communications systems of Brazil and Latin America” to come, he said.
“The pretext [given by Washington] for the spying is only one thing: terrorism and the need to protect the [American] people,” RT quotes Greenwald as saying. “But the reality is that there are many documents which have nothing to do with terrorism or national security, but have to do with competition with other countries, in the business, industrial and economic fields.”
A group of activists came to the public hearing, some carrying Edward Snowden masks. Some senators showed signs of support for the whistleblower by borrowing the activists’ masks. One senator to do so was Eduardo Suplicy, who is seen at the hearing in this tweet below:
— Marcus Bruno (@OMarcusBruno) August 6, 2013
As TechDirt sees it, “Politicians in key countries not just supporting Snowden but wearing masks with his face on it shows just how badly the US government is losing the battle for public perception on this issue.”
Greenwald said that “The Brazilian government is showing much more anger in public than it is showing in private discussions with the US government. All governments are doing this, even in Europe,” Euronews reports.
He added that he has communicated almost daily with Snowden, who he reports is doing “very well,” and that the whistleblower “is very pleased with the debate that is arising in many countries around the world on internet privacy and U.S. spying. It is exactly the debate he wanted to inform.”
— Jimmy Chalk (@JimmyChalk) August 6, 2013