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Greenwald says Venezuela likely for Snowden

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 01:28

July 11 - U.S. journalist Glenn Greenwald says fugitive Edward Snowden is likely to take up asylum in Venezuela and plans to release more information on U.S. surveillance programs. Lily Grimes reports.

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American journalist, Glenn Greenwald, the first to publish U.S. spy agency documents leaked by fugitive former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden. After an online chat with Snowden on Tuesday, Greenwald said Venezuela - one of three Latin American countries to offer asylum - was the most likely to guarantee his safety. He says Snowden is only releasing information he believes will benefit a public debate and shed light on U.S. practices. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN JOURNALIST WHO REVEALED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY EDWARD SNOWDEN, GLENN GREENWALD, SAYING: "From the very beginning of my conversations with him, what he was emphasising most emphatically was that we exercise very careful journalistic judgment about what ought to be released in the public interest and not cause harm in what shouldn't be released. If he wanted a WikiLeaks style document dump he could have gone to them in the first instance.'' Despite reports Snowden's father has asked his son to return home, Greenwald believes the fugitive is unlikely to return to the U.S. to stand trial. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMERICAN JOURNALIST WHO REVEALED CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY EDWARD SNOWDEN, GLENN GREENWALD, SAYING: "The premise of coming back to the United States, that's something you would do if you believed in the validity and fairness of the American judiciary and your ability to get a fair trial, which he definitely does not accept." Greenwald says he has sorted through thousands of documents given to him by Snowden and that the pair will likely continue to release more information over the course of several months.

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Greenwald says Venezuela likely for Snowden

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 - 01:28

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