Ever since Edward Snowden started leaking NSA documents, he’s released the information to a small crew of investigative journalists. One of those journalists is Glenn Greenwald. So it makes sense that when Greenwald talks about Snowden and the NSA, people listen. He did just that over the weekend, and what he said can’t be comforting to the U.S. government.
Greenwald sent out a tweet on Friday saying it “seems pretty clear at this point” that there’s a second NSA leaker releasing information.
Greenwald points to two recent reports to support his claim. The first report was published in Der Spiegel and describes a leaked 50-page document of NSA surveillance tools. The second was published by German broadcasters Norddeutscher Rundfunk and Westdeutscher Rundfunk and references documents describing NSA surveillance of people using Tor and other private web browsers.
Unlike every other report about leaked documents, these two failed to mention Edward Snowden as their source. That, according to Greenwald, is extremely telling.
“That's particularly notable given that virtually every other article using Snowden documents – including Der Spiegel – specifically identified him as the source,” Greenwald told U.S. News.
Greenwald said he’s practically certain there is a second leaker, but is hesitant to say so on the record. He elaborated on this in an interview with Wired.
“It’s hard for me because I actually know what’s in the archive and I don’t want to just come out and say: this is in the archive, this isn’t in the archive,” he said. “…I know for certain but I don’t want to be coy and be like well there may be and there may not be but I can’t say for certain because I don’t want to talk about what’s in the archive or not in the archive for the rest of my life.”
After that answer, the Wired interviewer said “But you did tweet that it seems clear there’s a second source.”
Here’s Greenwald’s response:
“Exactly, and I stand by that. I mean the reason I said it seems clear—even that’s like a little amorphous—is because of the way both the Der Spiegel article and this latest article said nothing about the sourcing.”
An NSA representative didn’t respond to questions from U.S. News about whether there is a second leaker.