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Greenwald: Muslim-Americans Are Not the Only Targets of NSA Spying

In an online discussion, the journalist promises that more leaks about who is targeted by the NSA’s surveillance programs are on the way.

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Journalist Glenn Greenwald has made another pledge: He's not done exposing the U.S. government's spying secrets.

During an "Ask Me Anything" session on reddit, Greenwald and fellow journalist Murtaza Hussain said that Wednesday's story revealing that the National Security Agency and FBI have targeted prominent Muslim-Americans is not the end of their reporting on Edward Snowden's year-old leaks.

 

"I get in trouble every time I talk about our reporting before it's ready, but suffice to say: Muslims, while the prime target of post-9/11 abuses, are not the only ones targeted by them, and there is definitely more big reporting to come from the Snowden archive," the pair said in response to a question.

Greenwald was supplied with a large trove of top-secret documents from Edward Snowden last year, and they have fueled a near-constant stream of reports that have exposed intimate details about the NSA's classified domestic and foreign surveillance programs. On Wednesday, Greenwald's newest story revealed that intelligence agencies have spied on the email communications of five high-profile Muslim-Americans who say they are not guilty of any wrongdoing.

The story has already provoked an outcry from NSA critics who see the new leak as evidence of racial and ethnic profiling by intelligence analysts.

 

In response, the the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Justice Department said in a joint statement that U.S. spy agencies do not "conduct electronic surveillance of political, religious, or activist figures solely because they disagree with public policies or criticize the government, or for exercising constitutional rights."

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