“You have no idea yet”, The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald tells Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in an interview held in the Royal Tulip hotel in Rio de Janeiro, saying he believes the scope of US spying on the Netherlands is “above and beyond everyone’s expectations”.
The American born journalist bases his information on documents handed to him by former CIA worker Edward Snowden.
“It is all about power, both economically and politically”, Greenwald explains to Dutch journalist Marjolein van de Water. “Their ultimate goal is to end internet freedom. Because the more the US knows about people, the more control they have over them.”
Until now, the Dutch government hasn’t shown any signs of panic. In a statement in September, the Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, Ronald Plasterk, emphasized it is “gratifying and encouraging” that the Obama administration, as a result of the Snowden leaks, has promised “more transparency” when it comes to privacy and national security.
The Guardian journalist sheds a light on the lackluster attitude of the Dutch government: