By Meghashyam Mali - 07/02/13 12:42 PM EDT
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story about the National Security Agency’s secret surveillance programs, said Tuesday that there were more disclosures coming forth and that admitted leaker Edward Snowden would not be silenced.
“There are vast programs of both domestic and international spying that the world will be shocked to learn about, that the NSA is engaged in with no democratic accountability and that’s what driving our reporting,” said Greenwald on “Fox and Friends.”
Greenwald also said that Snowden wanted to continue to contribute to the debate over U.S. surveillance programs.
“Obviously he wants to stay out of the clutches of the U.S. government given the way that they’ve persecuted whistleblowers. He’s obviously trying to find a place where he can do that but his real goal is to continue to try to be part of the conversation about why he did why he did, what it is that he saw in the NSA, how these spying powers were being abused and to continue to make people around the world and his fellow citizens aware of what his government is doing,” Greenwald said.
Greenwald’s comments came after reports on Tuesday that Snowden, who is in the Moscow airport, seeking to evade a U.S. extradition request, had withdrawn a request for asylum from Russia, after Russian leader Vladimir Putin said the admitted leaker should stop disclosing U.S. secrets.
Reports said Snowden had instead applied for asylum from 21 other nations. The former government contractor faces espionage charges in the U.S.
Greenwald said Snowden knew the risks and had accepted that by leaking classified information he would “become the most wanted man on earth and be hunted down by the world’s most powerful state.”
He criticized President Obama, saying he was using the admitted leaker as an example to prevent future disclosures.
“They don’t care about Edward Snowden at is point. He can no longer do anything that he hasn’t already done. What they care about is making an extremely negative example out of him to intimidate future whistleblowers because they think they’ll end up like him.”