Uncensored – Glenn Greenwald on Snowden Leak Halt for Asylum

Glenn Greenwald, Associate of Edward Snowden, talked to “MK” about his revelatory book

By Andrew Yashlavsky

Former CIA technical officer and U.S. National Security Agency Edward Snowden disclosed secrets of U.S. intelligence, now famous in the whole world. Glenn Greenwald is known to a narrow circle of people. But it is precisely this American blogger and journalist and Guardian columnist who published Snowden’s information. “MK” contacted Greenwald and asked him a few questions.

Glenn Greenwald is going to publish a book based on the revelations of Snowden and warns those who may wish to silence the “whistleblower”: “He has already distributed thousands of documents and made sure that different people around the world have the full archive. If anything happens to him, these documents will be made public. This is his insurance. The U.S. government should daily pray on their knees no harm happens to Snowden. Because if that happens, all of this information will be released and it will be the worst nightmare for the United States.”

And Snowden, according to Greenwald, “has enough information that in just one minute could cause more damage to the U.S. government than anyone else has ever done in the history of the United States.”

– Glenn, you’re going to write and publish a book dedicated to exposing the activities of U.S. intelligence on the basis of materials disclosed by Snowden. Is it possible to know more detail about this? – “MK” asked the American journalist.

– In this book I tell the story of how I started working with Edward Snowden as my source of information about the large-scale secret spy program, which was created by the United States government, and then turned on its own citizens and the rest of the world. In my book, I will also explore reasons why such a system threatens fundamental freedoms and privacy.

– Are not you afraid for your own safety, after all, in the book you’re going to touch on sensitive issues for the U.S. government. Would not you, too, like Snowden, be pursued by the U.S. government?

– A couple of prominent American leaders have called for me to be arrested. But, fortunately, the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of the press. Of course, over the last decade-plus, the U.S. government has repeatedly argued that it is re-examining some legal or constitutional framework. However, since I live in Brazil, it will be very difficult for the American authorities to prevent the emergence of a book I’m writing.

– You are now in contact with Edward Snowden?

– I have been in contact with him, but Mr. Snowden is now very focused on fulfilling the conditions that required by the Russian government so that he could stay in Russia. And as a result, our communication is reduced to a discussion of his general condition and the response of the United States and around the world to texts written by me.

– In general, what do you think about his decision to seek asylum in Russia? In your opinion, is the right place for people like Snowden?

– I think a refuge from political persecution is an extremely important right in the international legal system. There is no doubt that the United States pursues “whistleblowers”: anyone who exposes serious violations of the law, fraud and corruption of U.S. officials. That is exactly what Mr. Snowden did. Around the world there are few countries in which there is both an opportunity and a desire to use the above-mentioned whistleblower law, instead of suggestions to capitulate to the U.S. Russia is one of those countries. So it’s understandable why he decided to seek asylum there …

Glenn Greenwald did not respond when asked about his means of communication with Snowden.


Unveiled – DoD Instruction: Counterintelligence (CI) Activities Supporting Research, Development, and Acquisition

The following instruction is part of a series of “limited release” DoD doctrine publications that are not released to the public.

Instruction O-5240.24: Counterintelligence (CI) Activities Supporting Research, Development, and Acquisition (RDA)

32 pages
For Official Use Only
June 8, 2011


1. MISSION. The CI mission in RDA informs the DoD Components and supporting CDCs of foreign collection threats and detects FIE targeting of defense-related technology. The CI support enables RDA program personnel to implement countermeasures and enables CI to develop activities that negate, counter, penetrate, or exploit an FIE.

2. (U//FOUO) ACTIVITIES SUPPORTING THE USD(AT&L). Upon notification from the USD(AT&L) that emerging, enabling, or disruptive technology associated with critical capabilities prescribed by the Secretary of Defense annual planning and programming guidance was selected, the Director, DCHC:

a. (U//FOUO) In collaboration with the science and technical intelligence elements of the IC, and DoD technology subject matter experts, conduct all-source analysis with the objective of determining foreign interest in and requirements for the defense-related technology associated with a capability (e.g., the critical foreign military need).

b. (U//FOUO) Provide analytical outcomes (e.g., assessments, reports, operational support packages) indicating critical foreign military needs and FIE targeting of this technology to the USD(AT&L) and, in conjunction with the USD(AT&L), determine requirements for CI activities up to and including OFCO and coordinate OFCO in accordance with Reference (t).

3. CI ACTIVITIES SUPPORTING RDA. CI activities supporting RDA:

a. Are based upon providing supported RDA programs with CI functional services in accordance with DoDI 5240.16, DoDI 5240.05, DoDI 5240.06, and DoDI O-5240.21 (References (w), (x), (y), and (z)). These activities may include:

(1) CI activities in cyberspace in accordance with DoDI S-5240.23 (Reference (aa)).

(2) CI collection in accordance with DoDI S-5420.17 (Reference (ab)).

(3) CI investigations in accordance with DoDI 5240.04 (Reference (ac)).

(4) (U//FOUO) OFCO in support of DoD Component RDA programs in accordance with Reference (t).

b. Specific CI activities include:

(1) Providing foreign collection threat information to assist RDA program personnel during the process to identify CPI and assisting in development of threat-based countermeasures implemented by a PPP.

(2) Conducting liaison with the FBI, the Defense Criminal Investigative Organizations, and other federal and state law enforcement agencies to exchange information regarding FIE activity and foreign collection threats to RDA.

(3) Participating in installation-level, program-level, or facility-level threat working groups to inform participants of foreign collections threats to RDA activities.

(4) Informing personnel at supported RDA programs, foreign military sales (FMS) programs, and facilities on the foreign technical surveillance collection threat in accordance with Reference (x).

(5) Coordinating with security managers, intelligence, and information assurance personnel to aid in threat identification and the establishment of countermeasures designed to detect and mitigate foreign and international terrorist cyber-associated threats to RDA programs and activities.

(6) Reviewing unsolicited requests for information to determine if defense-related technology is targeted by a FIE.

(7) Reviewing RDA-affiliated documents, program protection plans, and Intelligence Information Reports to assist in developing threat awareness training and requesting analytical support.

(8) Evaluating individual and organizational awareness of foreign collection threats to determine vulnerabilities to FIE collection, assessing the effectiveness of existing countermeasures, and assisting RDA security personnel develop new countermeasures.

(9) Providing foreign collection threat assessments, advisories, or related IC analytical products to supported RDT&E facilities, RDA programs with CPI, CDCs, and for use in constructing threat awareness training.

(10) Assisting program, company, or CDC security personnel to assess threats from visits, assignments, and employment of foreign nationals.

(11) Conducting threat awareness training for all supported RDA programs and conducting debriefings as necessary. In addition to the requirements of Reference (y), threat awareness training in RDA shall:

(a) Inform DoD personnel that information indicating defense-related technology was improperly diverted into a foreign military system is reportable in accordance with DoDI C-5205.01 (Reference (ad)).

(b) Focus on personnel who have: knowledge and access to CPI; process freedom of information act requests or requests for patent and copyright information; award contracts, grants or other contractual instruments; are involved in marketing, product sales, or exports of defense-related technology; participate in symposiums; or travel in official or non-official capacity to countries or locations where the risk from foreign intelligence-related activity is likely.

(c) Support the DoD foreign visit program, including, but not limited to DoD personnel who participate in a DPEP, serve as a liaison officer, are involved in a cooperative program or other international assignment program, or serve as a host for a foreign visitor or foreign assignee. DoD personnel assigned outside the United States for periods in excess of 30 days shall, as appropriate, be debriefed upon completion of the assignment.

c. CI activities supporting RDA are documented in the CISP as described in Appendix 2 of this enclosure.

Film – I was a Hit Man for Miguel Treviño

When Rosalio Reta was 13, the leader of Mexico’s most violent drug cartel recruited him to be an assassin. Miguel Treviño, who was just captured by the Mexican marines, used American teenagers to carry out killings on both sides of the border.

Reta is now serving time in a Texas prison for one of the 30 killings he claims to have committed. He spoke to The Center for Investigative Reporting prior to Treviño’s arrest about the years he spent as a hit man for the leader of the Zetas. The interview is airing now for the first time.

Reta says he feels remorse and shame for the life he led as a killer. “It gets to a point where I can’t even stand myself,” Reta tells CIR. “It’s eating me inside little by little, and there’s nothing I can do or say to justify my actions.”

Josiah Hooper

Bruce Livesey

Angela Reginato

Senior Supervising Editor
David Ritsher

Associate Producer
Rachel de Leon

Andrew Nathan Bergman

Production Assistant
Owen Wesson

Voiceover Talent
Daffodil Altan
Marco Villalobos

Senior Producer
Stephen Talbot

Executive Producer
Susanne Reber

Archival images provided by
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Mexico attorney general’s office website
Mexico Interior Ministry

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