The investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald has found a second leaker inside the US intelligence agencies, according to a new documentary about Edward Snowden that premiered in New York on Friday night.
Towards the end of filmmaker Laura Poitras’s portrait of Snowden – titled CITIZENFOUR, the label he used when he first contacted her – Greenwald is seen telling Snowden about a second source.
In the key scene, Greenwald visits Snowden at a hotel room in Moscow. Fearing they are being taped, Greenwald communicates with Snowden via pen and paper.
While some of the exchanges are blurred for the camera, it becomes clear that Greenwald wants to convey that another government whistleblower — higher in rank than Snowden — has come forward.
The revelation clearly shocks Snowden, whose mouth drops open when he reads the details of the informant’s leak.
The specific information relates to:
- U.S. drone strikes done through Ramstein air base in Germany, something Germany has always denied; the chain of command on drone targeting goes straight to the President
- number of people on the US government’s watchlist under surveillance as a potential threat or as a suspect. The figure is an astonishing 1.2 million. Among them is Poitras herself.
The scene comes after speculation in August by government officials, reported by CNN, that there was a second leaker. The assessment was made on the basis that Snowden was not identified as usual as the source and because at least one piece of information only became available after he ceased to be an NSA contractor and went on the run.
UPDATE 10/27/2014 FBI Raids Suspected Second US Intelligence Leaker