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Reporter: Snowden Has Documents That Would Be ‘Very Harmful’ To US Government If Released

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The journalist who first reported on the intelligence leaks brought to light by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden says that former contractor has enough information to cause more harm to the United States than "anyone else has ever had in the history" of the country. Glenn Greenwald of the Guardian said U.S. government should exercise caution when dealing with Snowden because he can still do lots of damage.

"But that's not his goal," Greenwald told La Nacion. "His objective is to expose software that people around the world use without knowing what they are exposing themselves to, without consciously agreeing to surrender their rights to privacy. He has a huge number of documents that would be very harmful to the U.S. government if they were made public."

Greenwald said if Snowden were to disclose the documents, it would "allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it."

Snowden took the sensitive documents in order to help authenticate his claims, Fox News reported.

"In order to take documents with him that proved that what he was saying was true he had to take ones that included very sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the NSA does what they do," Greenwald said.

According to Greenwald, were the documents to leak, it would cause problems for the government but would not hurt national security or put people in danger.

"I think it would be harmful to the U.S. government, as they perceive their own interests, if the details of those programs were revealed." Greenwald said.

Greenwald also addressed rumors of a so-called dead man's pact, which would allow selected people to access Snowden's unreleased documents if anything were to happen to him.

"It's not just a matter of, if he dies, things get released, it's more nuanced than that," he said. "It's really just a way to protect himself against extremely rogue behavior on the part of the United States, by which I mean violent actions toward him, designed to end his life, and it's just a way to ensure that nobody feels incentivized to do that."