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Now, it appears MI5 have had to move agents because Russian and Chinese security services have cracked the files Snowden gave them.
originally posted by: Ultralight
a reply to: RubberSky
Snowden is a patriot.
complete re-wamp of the intelligence agencies needed - pronto
The Sunday Times also quoted a “British intelligence source” saying that Russian and Chinese officials would be examining Snowden’s material for “years to come”.
“Snowden has done incalculable damage,” the intelligence source reportedly said. “In some cases the agencies have been forced to intervene and lift their agents from operations to prevent them from being identified and killed.”
I personally think Edward Snowden had help to get his position with NSA, and that the idea that he was a "lone wolf" working on behalf of the American people to expose Government programs is ridiculous.
originally posted by: iskander683
Let me say this for some of the more naive persons here - Snowden stole secrets and has given them to Russia and China - HE IS A TRAITOR TO HIS COUNTRY. He's not a hero, he's a traitor. There is no argument against that, it's a fact, whether you like it or not.
Now, again for the more naive and less knowledgeable - the files were encrypted already.
The traitorous fool Snowden didn't encrypt them himself. The newspaper article says that the Russians and Chinese 'hacked' the files. This doesn't mean that Snowden did his country a favour and encrypted them himself, it just means that they were already encrypted and the enemies of the USA have eventually managed to start breaking the encryption.
Snowden has put peoples lives at risk. Some of you people are so soft and clueless. Come into the real world, people.
He isn't a hero and he isn't a 'patriot', unless you count him being a hero of Russia and China for helping them along with their counter espionage strategies. Well done Edward.
originally posted by: babybunnies
So it appears that Edward Snowden DID give his stolen NSA files to the Chinese and Russian spy services after all.