Glenn Greenwald has confirmed to the British Sunday Times what I speculated about, that the big Snowden finale to appear soon will be the names of Americans who have been spied upon by the NSA and that this will appear on The Intercept.
His plan to publish names will further unnerve an American intelligence establishment already reeling from 11 months of revelations about US government surveillance activities.
“One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’,” he said.
“Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists?”
These sound to me like rhetorical questions. Clearly there are going to be well-known figures among the names and they are going to be people whom we would not remotely connect with terrorism, shooting down the myth once and for all that these programs were designed and implemented solely for the purpose of ‘saving us from terrorists’.
He says that there will be further stories, especially involving the British spy agency the GCHQ, saying of them, “The British are more unrestrained and vicious in their surveillance mindset than even the US.”
Greenwald also says that he refused to engage with the usual pleasantries when he debated Michael Hayden in Toronto recently, saying “I think that’s he’s a war criminal and belong in the Hague. And so to shake his hand or chat with him at a cocktail party is something really unpleasant to me.”