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article imageUpcoming leak: NSA can store a billion cell phone calls (video)

By Anne Sewell     Jun 30, 2013 in World
Chicago - In a conference held on Friday, Glenn Greenwald of The Guardian newspaper opened up about Snowden the man, and also gave a hint at the next big, upcoming leak, sourced from the NSA whistleblower.
Greenwald attended the Socialism Conference in Chicago on Friday via Skype and a full video of his speech is included above.
Greenwald appeared at the conference with introductions by Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater and the filmmaker behind Dirty Wars, and Sherry Wolf, author of Sexuality and Socialism.
While Greenwald was talking about Snowden at the conference, he gave out a little taste of what can be expected in the next big leak from the documents.
It turns out that the National Security Agency has a “brand new” technology which enables them to store one billion cell phone calls in their data storage, for later listening.
Greenwald said that the full details of the new leak from Snowden's documents would be "coming soon."
Greenwald outlined the capabilities of the NSA to literally store every single cell phone call, while having “the capability to listen to them at any time.”
He says in his speech:
“What we're really talking about here is a globalized system that prevents any form of electronic communication from taking place without its being stored and monitored by the National Security Agency.”
He did point out that obviously the NSA is not necessary listening in on all the calls, but advised that they did have the capability to do so and with a total lack of accountability with “virtually no safeguards.”
The video above is almost an hour long, but makes for extremely interesting listening as Greenwald gives his impressions of Snowden himself.
Greenwald was the first journalist to leak Snowden's documents, and traveled to Hong Kong to review them, once contacted by the NSA whistleblower. Once seeing an example of the documents available, Greenwald recalls being dizzy with “ecstasy and elation.”
A quote from his full talk about Snowden reads:
“He’s a person who has zero privilege, zero power, zero position and zero prestige, and yet by himself he has literally changed the world.”
He commended the risks that the whistleblower has taken in revealing the NSA's huge, covert surveillance program, going on to say that “courage is contagious,” and pointing out that others will surely take Snowden's example.
As far as anyone knows, Snowden remains holed up in the transit area of Moscow Airport, with no viable passport to travel elsewhere and controversy surrounds his application for political asylum in Ecuador.
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