Edward Snowden Will Release NSA Documents If He’s Caught

    June 26, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Over the past month, a number of NSA spy programs have been revealed thanks to some leaked documents that came from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It appears that he’s not done leaking either, and things could get much interesting if he’s caught.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist that wrote the original stories on the NSA surveillance program, told The Daily Beast that Snowden has an insurance file that contains all of the documents that he took from the NSA. The files have been given to “many different people around the world” to ensure that the “stories will inevitably be published.”

To make things more interesting, the files that Snowden shared are all heavily encrypted. Those who have the files can not open them without the password and those passwords are hidden even from them. It’s not known how the information will be accessed, but Snowden apparently will give them full access in the event that something happens to him.

In the meantime, Greenwald will continue to work through the thousands of documents that Snowden gave to him. He’s not going to “gratuitously publish thing” as he believes that would do more harm than good. Instead, he will be very selective in what he publishes making sure to avoid documents that detail the technical specifications of NSA systems or harm individuals within the CIA and NSA.

As for Snowden, he’s still in Russia. To be more specific, he’s hiding out in Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport since he can’t leave the transit zone on account of his passport being made invalid. In this situation, Russia could easily hand over Snowden to U.S. authorities, but Russian President Vladimir Putin says that his country doesn’t have an extradition treaty with U.S. In other words, there is no legal basis for Russia to extradite Snowden, but Putin would like Snowden to leave Russia at his earliest convenience because “it is better for us and for him.”

Well, Snowden may leave Russia sooner rather than later, but the saga of the most wanted man on the planet isn’t going to end anytime soon. This is one for the history books, and possibly even a movie.

  • http://www.eyerys.com Nia Rianti

    “If he’s caught”

    The information he has is valuable not just to the US, but all others that seek information: including other countries, politics adversaries, big companies, and so forth.

    And if he does actually get caught, I don’t think the people who catches him will let him give the way to decrypt the data he has shared to others. Thus, taking it more time for the information to get published to the public.

    Data is valuable when owned. And if we’re talking about information, politics, business, the US and the search for most wanted people, there will probably be a price for his head.

    • WTF

      So, if he “accidentally” dies from lead poisoning. The encrypted data passwords, would be null and voided? Which by admitting only he only has, he just did that with his life.

      He’s not a very smart tech. When you back up critical information. You need a parity mechanism to verify, retrieve and reconstruct parts if need be. Wonder if Best Buy in Russia will hire him?

  • Mr. Please

    Its possible that he may have created a simple site that would email the passwords to the people. In order to keep the passwords safe, he has to log into the site every few days to confirm that he is alive. If he doesn’t login to the site, it assumes his death, and emails his password.