Edward Snowden has information that could prove to be the US’ “worst nightmare,” according to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, who has been covering the NSA leaker’s public revelations of the US government’s surveillance activities.
“Snowden has enough information to cause harm to the U.S. government in a single minute than any other person has ever had,” Greenwald said in an interview in Rio de Janeiro with the Argentinean daily La Nacion.
“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.”
From the transit zone of Russia’s Sheremetyevo airport yesterday, Snowden told human rights groups that he will seek temporary asylum in Russia while he pursues permanent asylum in a Latin American country.
Given some of the additional statements Greenwald made to La Nacion, Snowden’s intended final destination could be far more troubling for the US than initially thought.
Greenwald, who resides in Brazil, claims the NSA leaker is in possession of information that details some of the specific inner-workings of US surveillance activities on Latin American countries, according to Reuters.
Greenwald said in his interview with La Nacion that documents Snowden has tucked away in different parts of the world detail which U.S. spy programs capture transmissions in Latin America and how they work.
“One way of intercepting communications is through a telephone company in the United States that has contracts with telecommunications companies in most Latin American countries,” Greenwald said, without specifying which company.
While the former NSA contractor’s revelations about foreign surveillance operations have at times been activities that were already long suspected by officials in those countries, the information has fueled outrage from their general public and generated media attention – an outcome Snowden has used to his benefit.
Snowden told his audience at Sheremetyevo airport yesterday, while being interrupted by loud airport announcements, “a little over one month ago, I had family, a home in paradise, and I lived in great comfort. I also had the capability without any warrant to search for, seize, and read your communications. Anyone’s communications at any time. That is the power to change people’s fates.”