August 7, 2013
The journalist involved in the publication of leaks provided by
whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a testimony to the Brazilian
government that he possesses up to 20,000 secret US government files.
Glenn Greenwald testified before a Brazilian Senate foreign relations
committee on Tuesday. The Brazil-based American reporter – who was
approached by Snowden while the whistleblower still worked as a
contractor for the NSA – has published details of US electronic
surveillance programs taking place domestically and abroad.
“I did not do an exact count, but he gave me 15,000, 20,000 documents. Very, very complete and very long,” Greenwald told Brazilian lawmakers.
“The stories we have published are a small portion. 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,” he said.
In addition to his reporting for Britain’s Guardian newspaper,
Greenwald has also been a fixture on O Globo, where the journalist
shared the alleged details of US electronic surveillance of Brazil and
virtually all of Latin America.
During his testimony, Greenwald alleged that Brazilian companies have
agreements in place with American telecoms to collect data for the
National Security Agency (NSA), and stressed that their complicity
should be investigated by that country’s government.
O Globo recently published claims that Washington had at least at one
time maintained a spy center in the capital of Brasilia, as part of a
network of 16 similar facilities worldwide designed to intercept foreign