‘NSA Stores Data to Target Any Citizen at Any Time’

‘NSA Stores Data to Target Any Citizen at Any Time’
The NSA headquarters at Fort Meade, Maryland

AFRICANGLOBE – The current revelations on the NSA’s spying are just the tip of the iceberg and affect “almost every country in the world,” said Glenn Greenwald.

He stressed the NSA stores data for “as long as it can,” so they can target a citizen whenever they want.

Glenn Greenwald, the fomer Guardian journalist behind the reports on the NSA global spy programme, spoke to El Mundo journalist German Aranda and stressed that the US espionage activities went much further than just Europe.

“There are a lot of countries, and journalists in a lot of different countries, who have been asking for stories and to work on documents for a long time,” Greenwald said. He added that he was working as fast as possible to “make sure that all of these documents get reported in every single country there are documents for, which is most countries in the world.”

Shedding light on the NSA’s motives in compiling metadata on citizens, he said the spy organisation’s main aim was to store the information to be able to dip into it whenever necessary.

“The very clear objective of the NSA is not just to collect all this, but to keep it for as long as they can,” said Greenwald.

“So they can at any time target a particular citizen of Spain or anywhere else and learn what they’ve been doing, in terms of who they have been communicating with.”

Referencing reports leaked from former CIA worker Edward Snowden regarding the millions of phone calls tapped by the NSA in the EU, German Aranda stated that French reaction was “important to prepare the terrain in Spain.”

“With all the countries around Europe and around the world, it will be the same.

“The more countries (that) see documents about them, the more interest the other countries will have to see what is happening with them,” said Aranda.