Monday, October 07, 2013

Greenwald: More to come

Back to more serious matters after my little detour into snark: journalist Glenn Greenwald says there is much more information to come about CSE in the documents leaked by Edward Snowden (Stephanie Nolen & Colin Freeze, "Brazil is tip of the iceberg on Canadian spying, U.S. journalist says," Globe and Mail, 7 October 2013):
More disclosures about Canada’s aggressive foreign spying activities are coming, suggests Glenn Greenwald, the American journalist revealing the top-secret documents acquired by Edward Snowden, the former U.S. National Security Agency employee and security contractor.

“There is a huge amount of stuff about Canada in these archives because Canada works so closely with the NSA,” Mr. Greenwald, who lives in Brazil, told The Globe and Mail in an interview on Monday.

While he said that he would not comment on documents not yet made public, he said that Canadians should know that “there is nothing really unique about what Canada’s doing to Brazil – it’s not like Brazil is the only target for Canada.”


Mr. Greenwald said that Brazil isn’t the only country that the Olympia program has targeted, according to the documents he has seen. He added that the ramifications spread far beyond Brazil.

“The reason this is so newsworthy is that the U.S. and its allies love to say the only reason they are doing this kind of mass surveillance is they want to stop terrorism and protect national security – but these documents make clear it is industrial and economic competition, it’s about mining resources and minerals,” Mr. Greenwald said.
Related news:

Jim Bronskill, "Brazil demands answers from Canada over eavesdropping allegations," Canadian Press, 7 October 2013

Corinne Ton That, "Brazil summons Canadian ambassador over spying allegations," CTV News, 7 October 2013

[Update 8 October 2013: Glenn Greenwald discusses the Brazil spying revelations and reiterates that there is more CSE material to come in an interview on CBC Radio's As It Happens, 7 October 2013.

Also worth listening to: Ron Deibert interviewed on CBC Toronto's Metro Morning, 8 October 2013.]


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