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Media organisations have revealed startling details about US espionage in recent weeks. The disclosures can be traced back to three people who don't play by the rules - intelligence leaker Edward Snowden and his chief disseminators, the Guardian newspaper reporter Glenn Greenwald, and independent film-maker Laura Poitras.
It is also said to have obtained data on 70 million digital communications in France - and spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel for years. The media reports have unnerved diplomats, spies and politicians. Meanwhile the man who has been masterminding the release of the documents about the NSA - and disrupting the schedule of world leaders - was on a Brazilian road, talking on his mobile and complaining to the BBC about a lousy phone connection. Mr Greenwald says that Brazilian telecommunications are spotty.
In addition he has security measures for his phone. The security precautions make sense, given that quite a few people would like to listen to his conversations. There are apparently tens of thousands of documents, many of which have not yet been published. They include details about NSA activities, US military intelligence and methods used to eavesdrop on embassies and missions.
And they are not all about US operations. A former UK official says that Greenwald has 58, top-secret British security documents, according to the Independent.
Mr Greenwald says that he and Ms Poitras are in charge of the documents, and that they decide how and when the documents are disseminated. Their goal, he says, is simple: "We want to inform people about what's being done to privacy. Mr Greenwald is the journalist who has garnered the most attention for his dealings with Mr Snowden, but he is not the only one. The Washington Post's Barton Gellman, was also given documents - that may or may not be the whole set - which he used for his work on an internet surveillance program called Prism.
Mr Greenwald says that he tries to give the documents about the NSA to reporters and editors at influential media organisations so that the stories will have the biggest possible impact. Mr Aftergood explains: "He is releasing them strategically in different parts of the world. Mr Greenwald admits, however, that the process is somewhat ad hoc. He works with journalists at Le Monde and other media organisations to report on a story. When the piece is ready, he says, I need a bbc for nsa fun publish it. Sometimes he makes mistakes. Le Monde's articlewritten under the bylines of Mr Greenwald and journalist Jacques Follorou, gives an of alleged US eavesdropping operations in France.
After the story appeared, a US official, James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, fired off a statement saying that the newspaper provided "inaccurate and misleading information". Mr Greenwald says that he believes the newspaper may have inadvertently said the NSA was monitoring calls - when in fact the agency was collecting metadata, which includes information such as the place where someone logged on to their.
He seems unfazed by the glitch. For Mr Greenwald, releasing the documents and having this kind of impact on the world - the New York Times' Bill Keller wrote in an article that he broke "what is probably the year's biggest news story" - has been a heady experience. Mr Greenwald sounds giddy on the phone, describing his accomplishments in journalism and his new media venture with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Mr Greenwald announced recently that he will leave the Guardian in order to work on a general-interest news site backed by Mr Omidyar. Mr Greenwald explains that he will continue to publish documents about the NSA in conjunction with other media organisations. He sounds confident that his work will continue to have an impact - and reminds the BBC reporter on the phone that Mr Omidyar is one of the "richest men in the world".
He has the attention of the world - though like other journalists he is also at the mercy of modern telecommunications. A moment later the phone al gets weak - and his voice is cut off.I need a bbc for nsa fun
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