Glenn Greenwald says Australia is ‘one of most aggressive’ in mass surveillance

Journalist who first reported on Edward Snowden revelations for the Guardian says Australia is ‘probably the country that has gotten away with things the most’

Australia is one of the most aggressive countries in the world in terms of mass surveillance and its techniques could be the subject of future leaks, journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported on the Edward Snowden revelations for the Guardian, has said.

Greenwald, who now works for The Intercept, told ABC’s Lateline program on Thursday night that Australia is “probably the country that has gotten away with things the most in terms of the Snowden revelations”.

“Australia is one of the most aggressive countries that engage in mass surveillance as a member of the Five Eyes partnership,” he said, referring to a security sharing arrangement between the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

“There has been less reporting on Australia than the other four countries. We intend to change that. There are interesting documents about what Australia is doing to privacy rights – not just to their own citizens,” Greenwald said.

“We are working on the reporting,” he continued. “We will definitely get that done as soon as we can.”

Full article: Glenn Greenwald says Australia is ‘one of most aggressive’ in mass surveillance (The Guardian)

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