It was from Rio de Janeiro that the journalist Glenn Greenwald investigated the espionage case of the U.S. government that is the latest and biggest journalistic buzz in the technology sector, published on Monday 5th in the Guardian. Related to the scoop from Glenn, big brands cited in the document made official statements denying any relationship with the PRISM project. Graduated in law, Glenn says that he treats his articles as a researcher, seeking documents proving that they are not a lie. He lives in Brazil since 2005, along with his partner David Michael Miranda, since the U.S. does not recognize the union between the two as a basis to approve David’s immigration to the country. The full interview with Glenn about the espionage case can be read on the NYT. One of the most commented subjects since this thursdays afternoon (6), the scandal about phone logs and data espionage by the U.S. government took the American President Barack Obama to admit that these phone logs exist and that the White House said the measure is an effective prevention against terrorism.
The lawyer and blogger Glenn Greenwald, works for the Guardian and lives in Brazil because his husband cannot emigrate to the U.S., since immigration laws in the U.S. do not recognize same-sex marriages. Using a computer with encryption, he revealed that the U.S. government is spying on calls, emails, social networks and of millions of people, even if they are not suspects. Greenwald leaked the 41 pages document in an article written with the reporter Ewen MacAskill.
At the end of the day yesterday, reports at The Washington Post and The Guardian revealed a government surveillance program known as Prism. The goal is to spy on foreigners outside the U.S.. Even more impressive: everything is within U.S. laws. According to the newspaper, the NSA (National Security Agency) and the FBI exploit daily central servers of American internet companies, gaining access to emails, photos, audios, videos, records logins, documents and even a users contacts.
The major technology giants, Google, Apple, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook and others were cited as contributors in the field. All of them denied that the government has access to their servers, but the document states that they voluntarily joined. To defend the information posted, the Post put on the web a document with the details of the NSA operation. The White House criticized the report, calling it “inaccurate.”
The director of the US National Intelligence Services, James Clapper, issued a statement, quoted by AFP: “The unauthorized disclosure of a secret legal document is a potential threat and prolonged and irreversible damage to our ability to identify and respond to the multiple threats facing our nation.”