It is of course a given that the US government must be putting all its resources into finding Edward Snowden and keeping close tables on everyone who might be even remotely associated with him. In this interview, Greenwald says [link added] that someone broke into his home in Rio and stole a laptop belonging to his partner. We do not need Sherlock Holmes to crack this case.
For now, Greenwald said he is taking extra precautions against the prospect that he is a target of U.S. surveillance. He said he began using encrypted email when he began communicating with Snowden in February after Snowden sent him a YouTube video walking him through the procedure to encrypt his email.
“When I was in Hong Kong, I spoke to my partner in Rio via Skype and told him I would send an electronic encrypted copy of the documents,” Greenwald said. “I did not end up doing it. Two days later his laptop was stolen from our house and nothing else was taken. Nothing like that has happened before. I am not saying it’s connected to this, but obviously the possibility exists.”
When asked if Greenwald believed his computer was being monitored by the U.S. government. “I would be shocked if the U.S. government were not trying to access the information on my computer. I carry my computers and data with me everywhere I go.”
Of course, he will not bring his laptop when he comes to the US (if he does come) because the US has had a practice of confiscating the hard drives of the computers of people entering the US if they are dissidents. Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras are just two of the people who are harassed this way whenever they return to the US.