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Snowden distributed encoded copies of NSA documents

Jun 26 2013, 12:14am CDT | by , in News | Technology News

Snowden distributed encoded copies of NSA documents

High-profile whistleblower, Edward Snowden, apparently has a plan B. In case something bad happens to him, the ex-NSA contractor sent out encoded documents to key people.

The clock is ticking, and Edward Snowden knows that his time is running out.

So the 30-year old ex-NSA contractor did what any whistleblower would do: distribute encoded copies of documents that he aquired during his tenure at the NSA. Apparently Snowden wants the truth out, or so it seems. In case something bad happens to him, at least the files will be decoded and unlocked.

Speaking to The Daily Beast at a cozy hotel in Hong Kong, Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who first reported about Edward Snowden’s disclosure of PRISM, says that Snowden took "extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published."

However, Greenwald adds that the files will have to be decoded first. “If anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives,” says Greenwald. Snowden has handed over thousands of documents to Greenwald, but there could be more.

In spite of Greenwald's role, he believes that Snowden was not trying to harm the U.S. government, but was trying to shine light on it. Citing examples, Snowden reportedly denied to provide detailed information about the NSA's eavesdropping network.

Snowden even told Greenwald that "leaking CIA documents can actually harm people, whereas leaking NSA documents can harm systems." 

Source: The Daily Beast
Images: Getty Images

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