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The biggest intelligence leak in an -- history speaks out again this as a new bombshells -- -- afternoon here on the East Coast -- glad you're with that's I'm -- -- -- is talking I'm John Scott welcome to the second hour of happening now Snowden says.
He did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets when he leaked classified information.
About the government's sweeping surveillance program.
And he says the government has destroyed any possibility that he would get a fair trial at home.
All of this comes amid revelations of the scandal may be more widespread than originally thought -- word that.
Britain repeatedly hacked into the phones and emails of foreign diplomats.
At international conferences to try to get an edge on negotiations.
Meantime we are awaiting some new details about the terror attacks thwarted by the NSA surveillance program.
Brett Baer is the host of special report and joins us now so uninteresting Snowdon has been.
Conducting an online chat through the offices of the guardian.
And we're learning a little bit more about his thought process -- Yeah I -- he's getting questions answering them back and forth John it's pretty surreal actually when you hear all of the officials here in Washington.
Talking -- Edwards Snowden as.
A trader -- need to go laughter -- -- here is essentially live blogging.
From what I guess is Hong Kong.
He is saying answering questions about why he chose there.
He says he did not reveal any US operations against legitimate military targets.
He's saying that this all needs to come to the forefront.
Because of the American people need to know about it.
He also says that the US government is not going to be able to cover this up -- quote.
Jailing or murdering me truth is coming.
And it cannot be stopped.
Has it said it's pretty surreal when you think about all the things that -- said about -- over the weekend.
By various officials.
And what's happening right now.
-- the interesting thing about his position is that I mean here is -- 29 year old guy yes he had a lot of access to information but he certainly doesn't know.
The breadth and scope of what the US government -- the National Security Agency is up to and so he's taken it upon himself.
To reveal the things that he himself believes should be revealed.
Yeah I -- -- saying that you know numerous US officials.
Lawmakers and intelligence officials say that.
-- was in places in the system where he should not have been he was in the not unauthorized location.
It wasn't as if he had access.
Usually to this material and judging by his computer Trace and where he was in the system.
Convinced he has more documents that could be very detrimental to the US there's also the question of whether.
He's working with China that's not just been floated out there that's actually being looked into pretty closely.
Number one of the things one of the questions being asked of him in his chat.
Involves his claim that he was able to if you wanna do or if he had an email address he was able to -- into you know personal emails and so forth.
Here's another one says.
Obama deepened and expanded several abusive programs and refused to spread and spend it.
The political capital to end vote limit I'm -- and the kind of human rights violations.
But we see in Guantanamo where -- still -- without charge she came into this.
As an Obama supporter he said he thought he was that the president was going to and some of these programs that he now finds so offensive.
-- -- I think -- instinct thing about it is you have this back and forth he's answering questions.
Glenn Greenwald the reporter.
With the guardian is following up on some of these things and and one of those exchanges.
Greenwald says when you say someone at the SN SA has the contents of your communications.
What do you mean do they have.
A record upward or the actual content and and if this is to be believed that it -- he types -- -- if I target for example an email address.
For example under FAA 70 to the program that email address send something to you Joseph America the analyst gets it.
All of it IP's raw data content headers attachments everything.
And they get saved for a very long time.
And can be extended further with waivers rather than -- This is what the NSA and other lawmakers are pushing back against saying -- -- real safeguards on this program to prevent.
Just that from happening.
We'll see where this go.
-- again as you point out I mean we don't absolutely know that this is Edwards -- conducting this chat chat.
-- -- Glenn Greenwald from the guardian newspaper says it's him.
One of the things he does quite adroitly as pat himself on the back and he says we're finally beginning to see more transparency.
And better details about these programs for the first time.
Since their inception he's quite proud of what he's done -- Yeah and and I think this week.
Maybe as soon as today you may see the -- -- -- push back even further and the details -- more of these safeguards and maybe even detail.
Specifics about terrorist attacks or plots.
That -- -- -- it we've heard it kind of generically but.
With specifics when where how to push back against the skepticism of these programs.
Again it's important to point out we don't know the other side of this we don't know that this is actually him.
We don't know that he he's in Hong Kong typing typing this we're taking the guardians.
Reporting and -- -- walls saying it is him.
To be to be accurate.
He was asked about is possibly spilling secrets to the Chinese.
There's a fairly recent exchange with him.
About whether he would exchange asylum in China for more information.
One of one part of his answer is ask yourself of -- -- Chinese spy why wouldn't I've flown directly into Beijing I could be live and in living in a palace.
Petting a Phoenix -- now so he's trying to throw cold water on the speculation that he's going to take his secrets and go to the Chinese Government will see.
Yeah it's you know listen he he could also turn himself over to US authorities.
If you want to supposed to.
He's not doing that it well he's giving you plenty of talk about on special report and certainly -- -- well Brett -- thank you.
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