Glenn Greenwald, the journalist from the Guardian newspaper who first revealed the identity of former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, has said he plans to publish a list of names of U.S citizens who have been spied on by their own government.
Greenwald has been reporting on the massive phone and Internet surveillance programs conducted by the NSA since he was contacted by Snowden last year. Snowden managed to steal 1.7 million documents from the NSA before fleeing to Hong Kong and eventually receiving asylum in Russia.
According to Newsmax, Greenwald said he intends to expose how the programs were truly operating by revealing the names of the domestic targets.
The list will be published on his news website, The Intercept, which he founded after leaving the Guardian according to the Washington Times.
Greenwald revealed his plan to publish the list during an interview with the The Sunday Times of London, the story was reprinted by Real Clear Politics.
“One of the big questions when it comes to domestic spying is, ‘Who have been the NSA’s specific targets?’," he said. “Are they political critics and dissidents and activists? Are they genuinely people we’d regard as terrorists? What are the metrics and calculations that go into choosing those targets and what is done with the surveillance that is conducted? Those are the kinds of questions that I want to still answer.”
Greenwald, who is promoting his new book, “No Place To Hide,” said publication of the list will be the biggest revelation yet to come from the massive document leak.
“As with a fireworks show, you want to save your best for last,” Greenwald said in a recent interview with GQ magazine. “The last one is the one where the sky is all covered in spectacular multicolored hues.”
Greenwald has not only attacked the existence of the program but also the ineptitude of the agencies that were overseeing it. He cited Snowden’s ability to remove the documents as a prime example of the lack of safeguards on the information.
"There is this genuinely menacing system and at the same time [they] are really inept about how they operate it," he said. "Not only was he out there under their noses downloading huge amounts of documents without being detected but to this day they're incapable of finding out what he took.”
Greenwald also attacked Gen. Michael Hayden during the interview. Hayden is the former NSA director who helped the Bush administration establish the programs.
"I think that's he's a war criminal and belong[s] in the Hague," he said of Hayden.
Greenwald said he remains in daily contact with Snowden and described him as "by far the person most at peace and fulfilled as a human being" he’s ever met.