British Journalist Denounces U.S. Hypocrisy on Pollard

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The British journalist who has brought former U.S. spy agency contractor Edward Snowden’s leaks on U.S. surveillance activities to public view told Reuters he agrees with many Israeli leaders that the revelations have a bearing on the Pollard case.

“I think you are absolutely right to contrast the Jonathan Pollard case with revelations of American spying on their closest allies within the Israeli government, because it does underlie, underscore exactly the hypocrisy that lies at the center of so much of what the U.S. government does,” said Glenn Greenwald, who writes for Britain’s Guardian.

“When the U.S. government goes around the world criticizing other countries for spying on allies and prosecuting them,” he said, “are they going to maintain that with a straight face when they’re doing exactly that?”

In an interview with Israeli media, Greenwald said more disclosures relating to Israel are on the way.

“Yes. I don’t want to preview any stories that aren’t yet published, but it is definitely the case that there are a huge number of very significant stories that are left to report,” he said.

“We have only had these documents for seven months, which, given their volume and complexity, is not a very long time. There definitely are stories left that involve the Middle East, that involve Israel. The reporting is going to continue at roughly the same pace that has been happening.”

Among allegations aired by Snowden last year were that the National Security Agency and its British counterpart GCHQ had in 2009 targeted an email address listed as belonging to then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and monitored emails of senior defense officials.