July 14, 2013 5:27PM Edward Snowden possesses DATA that will prove “far more damaging” to the US Government but the “Whistle-blower” has chosen not to release any of it yet, said a Journalist who first broke the story . . . .
Glenn Greenwald told Argentina’s La Nacion paper that Edward Snowden, who is currently stranded in Moscow, had only sought to alert people that information they thought was private is being exploited by US intelligence agencies. (NSA)
“Edward Snowden has enough information to cause more damage to the US government in ONE minute alone, than anyone else has ever had in the history of the United States,” he told the paper in an interview published yesterday.
“But that’s not his goal,” said Greenwald, who published a series of stories in Britain’s Guardian newspaper based on top-secret documents about sweeping US surveillance programs that were leaked by Snowden.
His comments came as Russia today waited for a request for asylum from Edward.
The United States wants the former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor returned to them to face trial over the leaks. (BUT wait on America . . . . There is MORE!)
Russia has rejected that demand!
Edward Snowden, 30, has been stranded in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, after the US withdrew his passport on his arrival from Hong Kong three weeks ago.
On Friday Edward summoned Russian activists to his temporary base, to say he wanted to claim asylum in Russia until he could safely travel to South America for a permanent sanctuary.
He withdrew an initial request earlier this month after Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would have to stop releasing information embarrassing to Washington if he wanted to stay.
After Edward Snowden made his statement, Amnesty International reiterated its support for him and denounced what it described as US government persecution of him, “persecution of a Whistle-blower releasing the TRUTH!”
Human Rights Watch accused Washington of trying to block Edward Snowden’s attempts to claim asylum and said that was in violation of his rights under International Law.
Representatives from both organisations attended Snowden’s presentation.
Yesterday, officials in Moscow said they were still awaiting for Edward Snowden’s request.
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Snowden would have to submit his application to the Federal Migration Service, Russian news agencies reported.
The head of Russia’s FMS, Konstantin Romodanovsky, said yesterday that they had received nothing. If they did, he added, it would examined according to the usual procedures.
Washington has reacted sharply to the possibility that Moscow might offer Snowden a safe harbour.
“We would urge the Russian government to afford human rights organisations the ability to do their work in Russia throughout Russia, not just at the Moscow transit lounge,” White House spokesman Jay Carney said.
(which is a defense using the human rights Organisation that really does not make any logical sense at all)
The White House spokesman continued. . . . using a statement as a declaration by adding “Providing a propaganda platform for Mr Snowden runs counter to the Russian government’s previous declarations of Russia’s neutrality,”
Barack Obama spoke to Putin by telephone Friday on issues including the Snowden affair, the Kremlin and White House, but no further details were forthcoming.
The US has already rebuked China for allowing Snowden to leave for Russia from Hong Kong.
At his meeting with activists, Mr Snowden vowed he did not want to harm the US. (But you can be assured he has information that is encrypted for immediate release should anything happen to him)
It is not clear if this meant he was prepared to stop leaking intelligence in order to stay in Russia.
The leftist governments in Venezuela, Bolivia and Nicaragua have all offered Mr Snowden asylum, but Mr Snowden said that Western governments would prevent him from traveling to the region.
A summit of the Latin American Mercosur trade bloc issued a statement Friday reaffirming the right to asylum and rejecting “any attempt at pressure, harassment or criminalization by a state or third parties”.
The bloc, meeting in the Uruguayan capital Montevideo, denounced four European countries who denied airspace to a plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales back from Moscow earlier this month.
They suspected that Mr Snowden was on board.
Mercosur leaders said they would recall their ambassadors from Spain, France, Italy and Portugal for consultations in protest at the incident.
In a statement, they rejected “any attempt at pressure, harassment or criminalisation by a state or third parties” in response to a decision to grant asylum . . . .
Update: Greenwald said that “the most important thing [for Snowden] is not to end up in US custody,” describing the government’s approach to people who reveal uncomfortable truths as “vindictive.”
When asked whether he believed that someone would attempt to harm or kill the whistleblower, he said that Snowden has “already distributed thousands of documents and made sure that several people around the world have their entire file,” stating that it would not be beneficial for anyone to attempt assassination.
He added that the US should be praying that no one would attempt to take Snowden’s life.
“If something happens, all the information will be revealed, and that would be [America’s] worst nightmare,” he said.
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