Doomsday Cache of Classified Data Raises Fears

By: Jennifer Curra - November 26, 2013

Intelligence forces from the United States and the United Kingdom are concerned over what is being called a “doomsday cache” relating to a data cloud of highly sensitive, encrypted, and classified information under the control of former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden. The information includes the names of intelligence personnel, present and former U.S. officials (seven in total), and other government-sensitive information. Through Snowden’s employment with Dell Inc. and, eventually, Booz Allen Hamilton, the former NSA contractor was exposed to a wide span of information. Reports claim that Snowden downloaded somewhere between 50,000 and 200,000 NSA and British documents.

According to website, Cryptome, that published leaked documents prior to WikiLeaks, Snowden has made public around 500 of those documents. The remaining documents are being kept as part of the “doomsday cache” for potential use in the future. However, accessing this data is not an easy, readily-available process. Numerous levels of password-protected steps must be completed in order to reach the viewing phase. This detailed encryption process involves at least three individuals knowing specific passwords that are only active for a limited time period each day. The names and whereabouts of these individuals are unknown.

According to Glenn Greenwald, who was among the first to interview Snowden, Edward established a system to ensure that information could and would be made public. “If anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives. I don’t know for sure whether has more documents than the ones he has given me… I believe he does.”

Snowden’s use of multiple parties to maintain passwords was explained by Greenwald. 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 said.

In lieu of Time’s most recent poll for person of the year, which placed Edward Snowden as a top contender, the populace has been vocal about how this man known as a modern day “whistleblower” is perceived by the masses in spite of the recent “doomsday cache” concerns.

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Jennifer CurraJennifer holds a bachelor’s in psychology and master’s in health administration where she now spends her time writing fantasy when she is not with her family and friends.

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    Snowden knows that things go much deeper than just spying. He would not have gone through all this if it was just that simple. Everyone knows we spy. I wonder what he knows about future plans. I seriously have to wonder what inside information he has about events that have already happened or will happen in the future.

    Something either pissed him of so badly or scared him so badly that he is doing all this. Either way, it doesn’t spell good news for America. Something is dreadfully wrong in this nation. Snowden knows this.

    I have to openly wonder if within those 200,000 documents if there is not information about the US being behind 9/11. Something that big would piss off someone enough to give up his life to let people know what is going on.

    Don’t tell me it is for fame or fortune. He was already making great money and he will never be famous. He is more likely to be killed than anything. No, he knows something big. Mark my words on this. The question is whether or not we will ever find out about it before he is silenced or those around him are silenced.

    Really think about what it would take for you to give up your life. It would have to be for something that shocked the hell out of you.