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According to U.S. officials, the Chinese and Russian governments have obtained top secret information from Edward Snowden’s laptops, reports the Washington Free Beacon. What information has been leaked is thus far unknown, but officials are above all concerned for the security and secrecy of information regarding U.S. nuclear war plans, the official said.
Another U.S. official said, “The Chinese already have everything Snowden had.” The official admitted that there were intelligence reports indicating that during Snowden’s stay in Hong Kong he was in contact with Chinese Ministry of State Security (MSS) agents.
However, in a chat with The Guardian newspaper on June 17th, Snowden claimed “I did not reveal any U.S. operations against legitimate military targets.”
Many question Snowden’s choice of timing and location throughout this saga. He first went public about the NSA’s surveillance program right before President Obama’s summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Then Snowden spent a month in China and now we are told that information has either been shared or leaked.
NSA Director Gen. Keith Alexander said Sunday, “What Snowden has revealed has caused irreversible and significant damage to our country and to our allies.”
Officials believe that while in Moscow on Tuesday, it is likely that the Russians “imaged” Snowden’s laptops, giving them access to everything Snowden himself had access to as an NSA contractor.
John Bolton, former U.N Ambassador and Undersecretary of State for International Security, told the Washington Free Beacon that the Snowden case could be a national security disaster.
“Many in the U.S. intelligence community fear the worst, namely that both Russia and China will have had full access to whatever documents Snowden has, plus whatever he has on the NSA laptop computers he took with him, plus whatever he told their respective authorities in debriefings.”