U.S. intelligence officials have confirmed that another Edward Snowden-like leaker has disclosed top secret U.S. national security documents, leaking them to journalist Glenn Greenwald and his “The Intercept” website.
The Intercept is the media outlet of choice for former CIA and NSA contractor Edward Snowden, who is known for dumping massive amounts of top secret classified information and then fleeing the country shortly thereafter. Snowden dumped some 1.7 million documents, a large amount of which were of “Top Secret” classification status.
Greenwald said in a February with CNN: “I definitely think it’s fair to say that there are people who have been inspired by Edward Snowden’s courage and by the great good and virtue that it has achieved. I have no doubt there will be other sources inside the government who see extreme wrongdoing who are inspired by Edward Snowden.”
The documents obtained by the Intercept are all “Secret” or “NOFORN” (no foreign government) files.
After receiving the document dump, Greenwald’s Intercept has claimed that “nearly half of the people on the U.S. government’s widely shared database of terrorist suspects are not connected to any known terrorist group.”
It is unknown how the Intercept decided to procedurally investigate the data they received.
In July, Glenn Greenwald released a list of five Muslim-Americans whom he deemed had been unfairly spied upon. However, Greenwald failed to mention that the individuals on his “innocent Muslims” list had alleged ties to extremism, and some even had a documented history of radical activity.
The Intercept found that the second-highest population of people on the “known or suspected” terrorist list by the government is in Dearborn, Michigan, a city with some 40,000+ Arab-American citizens.
The news site also found that President Obama has massively expanded the number of individuals on the no fly list by more than ten times that of his predecessor, George W. Bush.