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Edward Snowden: Hacked or hit piece?

Edward Snowden: Hacked or hit piece?

The Sunday Times newspaper in Britain is reporting that Russia and China have hacked Edward Snowden and accessed encrypted classified documents that the notorious whistleblower gathered during his time as an NSA contractor. According to the Times, the hack could put British and American spies and intelligence agents at risk.

[Snowden] ended up in Russia after leaving Hong Kong for Latin America, and although he said in 2013 that the encrypted files remained secure, Britain believes both Russia and China have cracked documents which contain details that could allow British and American spies to be identified, the Times report said, citing officials.

But, not everyone is buying into the Sunday Times' story. Journalists Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher have both covered the Snowden story extensively from the beginning, and they believe the Times story is false.

Snowden's files are heavily encrypted, and the whistleblower has said in the past that they remain secure. However, the Times story claims otherwise.

"His documents were encrypted but they weren't completely secure and we have now seen our agents and assets being targeted," the source said.

Greenwald claims the story is filled with inaccurate reporting and says the U.S. government has tried to discredit Snowden in the past by leaking stories to the press. Gallagher also pointed out that it's unlikely that the documents Snowden took contain the names of British agents.

"I've reviewed the Snowden documents and I've never seen anything in there naming active MI6 agents," Gallagher wrote on Sunday. He said the Times piece "contains some pretty dubious claims, contradictions and inaccuracies."

Some believe Russian President Vladamir Putin gave Snowden asylum in exchange for access to the documents. But, that's unlikely because Snowden didn't bring any documents with him when he left Hong Kong well before he came to Russia, according to Greenwald.

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Source: CBC
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