Edward Snowden leaked classified U.S. documents to journalist Glenn Greenwald and now he's also worried about what might happen to him if he was to travel to America, according to a Huffington Post article today, Tuesday, Aug. 28. While it's understandable why Snowden doesn't want to return since he's facing espionage charges, Greenwald doesn't have any charges pending against him.
Greenwald is concerned about claims by fellow journalists in the U.S. that he broke the law also for his part in writing articles about the classified information Snowden leaked to him. The journalist who was the recipient of Snowden's leaks, says his concern has increased after David Miranda, the man who is helping him, was detained at Heathrow Airport recently, and documents taken from him.
The White House briefing Monday may have made Greenwald nervous when Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters the U.S. had been given a heads up by Britain they were going to detain Miranda before it happened. Miranda was detained for nine hours.
Greenwald wrote his articles concerning Snowden's leaks in The Guardian newspaper.
Greenwald, who is the author of four bestselling books, said he has no need to return to the U.S. now since he is working on a book. His home is Rio de Janeiro although he is a lawyer licensed in the United States. His transformation to blogger and then journalist has led him around the globe to dig up information for his four books.
He said when he first met Snowden he couldn't believe someone as young as the 29-year old could possibly have access to all the classified documents that had been sent Greenwald.
"I thought maybe he was the son of the guy (leaker). I didn't know what to think at first."
Greenwald says the documents his partner Miranda had seized at Heathrow were all encrypted to prevent authorities from determining their content.
He further said that when he first met with Snowden, the former NSA analyst and CIA operative, told him to place his cellphone in a freezer.
"The NSA can turn your cellphone into a listening device so Snowden advised me we could prevent that by placing our phones in a freezer."
Greenwald went on to recommend that people should encrypt all messages they don't want other people to gain access to.
While Greenwald is not on any wanted lists, his source of information Edward Snowden is charged with espionage and definitely wanted in the U.S. He has managed to evade extradition by obtaining temporary sanctuary in Russia where today he works for a private firm similar to Facebook in the U.S.
President Barack Obama has vowed to extradite Snowden and bring him to trial.
Snowden's predecessor leaker Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years at Fort Leavenworth and given a dishonorable discharge from the Army. Manning leaked a vast trove of documents three years ago while serving in Iraq.
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