When Glenn Greenwald speaks in Orange County next month, he'll have more to talk about than the classified documents from Edward Snowden on the massive U.S. and British surveillance programs or the injustice of the Bradley Manning prosecution.
It was revealed Saturday that Greenwald and fellow journalist Jeremy Scahill's investigation of the United States' government found a National Security Agency (NSA) role in a "U.S. assassination program."
As we told you last month, Greenwald is set to keynote the 17th annual Faith in Freedom banquet presented by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Greater Los Angeles (CAIR-LA) at the Anaheim Hilton on Nov. 16.
According to the Associated Press:
Jeremy Scahill, a contributor to The Nation magazine and the New York Times best-selling author of Dirty Wars, said he will be working with Glenn Greenwald, the Rio-based journalist who has written stories about U.S. surveillance programs based on documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden.
"The connections between war and surveillance are clear. I don't want to give too much away but Glenn and I are working on a project right now that has at its center how the National Security Agency plays a significant, central role in the U.S. assassination program," said Scahill, speaking to moviegoers in Rio de Janeiro, where the documentary based on his book made its Latin American debut at the Rio Film Festival.
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Greenwald appeared with Scahill at the festival, but neither answered questions about their joint investigation, reports the AP. But they did applaud Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff postponing a scheduled state dinner with Barack Obama following media reports on Greenwald having revealed American spy programs had aggressively targeted the Brazilian government and private citizens.
Dirty Wars, a Sundance Film Festival award winner that was directed by Richard Rowley, traces Scahill's investigations into the Joint Special Operations Command. The journalist is depicted traveling from Afghanistan to Yemen to Somalia, talking to the families of people killed in U.S. strikes.