Greenwald: Snowden’s files are out there if ‘anything happens’ to him

The Daily Beast reports: As the U.S. government presses Moscow to extradite former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, America’s most wanted leaker has a plan B. The former NSA systems administrator has already given encoded files containing an archive of the secrets he lifted from his old employer to several people. If anything happens to Snowden, the files will be unlocked.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who Snowden first contacted in February, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Snowden “has taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published.” Greenwald added that the people in possession of these files “cannot access them yet because they are highly encrypted and they do not have the passwords.” But, Greenwald said, “if anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives.”

The fact that Snowden has made digital copies of the documents he accessed while working at the NSA poses a new challenge to the U.S. intelligence community that has scrambled in recent days to recover them and assess the full damage of the breach. Even if U.S. authorities catch up with Snowden and the four classified laptops the Guardian reported he brought with him to Hong Kong the secrets Snowden hopes to expose will still likely be published. [Continue reading…]

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3 thoughts on “Greenwald: Snowden’s files are out there if ‘anything happens’ to him

  1. La vérité

    What does it say about our media and citizenry when Snowden’s statement, “All I can say right now is the U.S. government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.” is accepted a s a matter of fact without raising any questions about govt murdering him??
    Is targeted assassination by any means OK with the media and the people? Are whistleblowers just to be eliminated because the govt’s unconstitutional acts are exposed? What is happening to the society as a whole?

  2. eugene

    Targeted assassination has been OK with the media and the people for a long time. Bin Laden? All my life, I’ve watched Americans march down this road. As long as it’s an “enemy”, anything is fair game. I haven’t the slightest doubt a targeted assassination of an American in America would go over just fine. Vietnam taught me more than I really wanted to know and it’s just been more ever since. Like compliant sheep, we march to the governments’ drum. And the media, leading the parade.

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