Snowden Has "NSA Blueprint" But Probably Won't Use It
Oh dear, looks like someone was feeling a little left out this weekend. Edward Snowden—currently at Moscow Airport local—reportedly has documents that could cause more damage to the U.S. "than anyone else has ever had in the history," according to Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald.
In an interview with The Associated Press Sunday, Greenwald, who first reported the leaks, said that Snowden has documents detailing how the National Security Agency is structured, including how it operates, providing “basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built.”
Greenwald said that leaking the " thousands of documents" would essentially “allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it.”
According to the journalist, Snowden has insisted that they not be made public.
But Reuters suggests that Greenwald also told Argentinian newspaper La Nacion that the U.S. government should be extremely cautious when it comes to Snowden, because he has the potential to do further damage to the country—which sure sounds like a threat.
Greenwald has since rejected the claim, saying that the La Nacion "interview is being wildly distorted," adding that it is "just today's concoction to focus on anything but the revelations about U.S. government lying to Congress and constitutionally and legally dubious NSA spying."
"[The interview] is particularly being seized on to attack Edward Snowden and, secondarily, me, for supposedly "blackmailing" and "threatening" the US government. That is just absurd," he added.
"I think it would be harmful to the U.S. government, as they perceive their own interests, if the details of those programs were revealed," Greenwald said in the AP interview.
Snowden, who has been stuck in Sheremetyevo airport without a valid U.S. passport for the last few weeks, made his first public appearance on Friday, when he met with various Human Rights groups in the airport's transit area. At the meeting, he announced that he's looking for temporary political asylum in Russia until he can get to Latin America, but as of yet, Russia claims it hasn't had any asylum requests.