Intelligence officials from the U.S. and Britain are worried about a “doomsday” cache of classified documents former NSA contractor Edward Snowden may have hidden online in a data cloud.
Anonymous sources told Reuters that the encrypted collection of documents from the NSA
and other agencies includes names of intelligence personnel and other important information. The data is inaccessible because it’s encrypted and requires multiple passwords to open, the sources said.
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Officials from the NSA and the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence would not comment to Reuters.
One of the sources told Reuters that the cache of secret material may be Snowden’s “insurance policy” should he be arrested or anything happen to him.
“The worst is yet to come,” a former U.S. official told Reuters, referring to the fact that many government officials and sources think that Snowden has only made a little bit of the items he stole available to the public. It’s thought he downloaded as many as 200,000 classified NSA and British documents.
Glenn Greewald, a reporter who was employed by the U.K.'s Guardian newspaper, has been in touch with Snowden and in June told the Daily Beast that Snowden does have encoded information
that will be released should anything happen to him.
"If anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives," Greenwald told the Daily Beast. "I don't know for sure whether he has more documents than the ones he has given me. ... I believe he does."
Snowden received asylum in Russia after he was charged in the U.S. under the Espionage Act. He still enjoys mixed popularity online, with some people standing up for the choice Snowden made to leak classified information.
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