Ed Snowden Confirms He Took None Of The Documents To Russia

from the as-expected dept

As we noted last month, from earlier comments Ed Snowden had made about it being impossible for him to reveal the documents he leaked to the Russians or Chinese, it seemed quite likely that he got rid of the documents and had no copies any more himself. This seemed even more likely after the report from earlier this week that the four laptops he took were more of a diversion than anything else. And now, Snowden has confirmed directly that he handed the documents off to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald and did not keep copies for himself, as he's now explained to the NY Times' James Risen.
Mr. Snowden said he gave all of the classified documents he had obtained to journalists he met in Hong Kong, before flying to Moscow, and did not keep any copies for himself. He did not take the files to Russia “because it wouldn’t serve the public interest,” he said.

“What would be the unique value of personally carrying another copy of the materials onward?” he added.
While he obviously did take them to Hong Kong, that was before anyone was paying attention to him, and he notes that he was well aware of how to hide the documents from the Chinese, having actually taught a class at the NSA on Chinese cybercounterintelligence.
“There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents,” he said.
He further noted that the NSA is well aware that neither the Russians nor Chinese got access to the documents, meaning that when US officials are suggesting that he gave the docs to both (or that they got them from him) they're either ignorant or lying. He also explained that, contrary to the claims from some that he "defected" to Russia, his intent had never been to "defect" to either Russia or China, but (as people have noted) due to the US's own actions, he's effectively been stranded in Russia for the time being.


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    out_of_the_blue, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 4:09pm

    Glad we got that nailed down. Now, remember NSA crimes?

    Indict, try, JAIL. Anything about Snowden is distraction, and only helps NSA.

    BUT, is interesting that in middle of his biggest story ever, Greenwald suddenly quits the Guardian.

     

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      Brazenly anonymous, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 8:55pm

      Re: Glad we got that nailed down. Now, remember NSA crimes?

      Given the British government's current relationship with the Guardian, it is likely that Greenwald's move was in part a move to prevent the Guardian from being held liable for documents soon to be released.

       

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      Tim Griffiths (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 2:32am

      Re: Glad we got that nailed down. Now, remember NSA crimes?

      Except that the Guardian has been muzzled from actually doing anything but relying reporting from elsewhere. If Greenwald wants to be actively reporting on the leaks rather than just what you'd term the distractions he is best doing it from elsewhere. From what he is said it's likely he is using his current capital from the story to set up a new venture.

      What's really interesting here how ever is how you call talking about Snowden a distraction which only helps the NSA but then bring up Greenwald making a perfectively understandable career move as if that would be something else. QED OTBB wants to distract us from the NSA, you therefore, by the logic you display in this an other posts, an NSA apologist!

       

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    lucidrenegade (profile), Oct 17th, 2013 @ 5:14pm

    First post is by 'blue, and it's already been flagged. LMFAO

     

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    Uriel-238 (profile), Oct 17th, 2013 @ 5:51pm

    Didn't anyone else see "The English Gentleman"?

    What would be the unique value of personally carrying another copy of the materials onward?

    Well, for starters, if Mr. Snowden had the capability to sell the materials to Russia or China, then other nations might be more inclined offer him sanctuary, just to give him no impetus to do so.

    As of this posting I have not received a US National Security Letter or any classified gag order from an agent of the United States
    Encrypted with Morbius-Cochrane Perfect Steganographic Codec 1.2.001
    Thursday, October 17, 2013 5:47:40 PM
    draw fuse chimp snore bait button travel bible

     

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      Brazenly anonymous, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:01pm

      Re: Didn't anyone else see "The English Gentleman"?

      if Mr. Snowden had the capability to sell the materials to Russia or China, then other nations might be more inclined offer him sanctuary


      If Mr. Snowden had the documents, Russia would not be willing to allow him to leave. He'd be Russia's special guest for the rest of his admittedly luxurious life. That's the deal a real defector would get.

       

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    Rekrul, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 6:10pm

    And now, Snowden has confirmed directly that he handed the documents off to Laura Poitras and Glenn Greenwald and did not keep copies for himself, as he's now explained to the NY Times' James Risen.

    Snowden has just painted a large target on both Poitras and Greenwald. If they're the only ones with copies, what's to stop the US government from arranging covert search missions to recover whatever material they have?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 6:31pm

    im sure the Russians and the Chinese have the same internet access as anyone else, therefore if Snowden released and allowed them to be leaked, he HAS given them to the Chinese and Russians.

    Just NOT DIRECTLY...

    He made it completely possible for the Chinese, Russians, Terrorists and ANYONE ELSE who fins value in the Documents.

    How does this make this idiot somehow better !!!!!

    "I didn't give them to the Russians, I just made them public and GAVE THE TO THE PLANET"..

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:29pm

      Good

      "He made it completely possible for the Chinese, Russians, Terrorists and ANYONE ELSE who fins value in the Documents."

      And? US handed that data to Israel, do you think Israel has your best interests are heart? Or Israels interests at heart?

      These secrets are so important, that they can be traded with other nations (UK, Aus, Canada, Israel) for more power for the NSA, but yet so super secret that if told the USA will be invaded or attacked?

      No.

      It's far more important that we preserve democracy in the west. Something not possible with the NSA creeps vetting political candidates and protest groups and political activists and lobbyists.

      How many foreign votes have you undermined? How many times has Cameron voted the way the US wanted rather than the voters wanted? How many times have you undermined our democracy to start wars or attack targets?

      You worry that Russia could take us over because you spooks spied on our Skype traffic?

      I worry that an out of control military is making their own laws in secret and defining their own citizens as extremists for political speech. In case you don't remember, US gave itself the right to kill its own citizens without trial, and it's USING that right. It *is* labelling it's own people as 'vile propagandists' and killing its own people.

      Dictatorships always end up killing more of their own than other countries. It's the nature of holding power by force.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:48pm

        Re: Good

        darryl is Australian; he's made it clear on multiple occasions he doesn't care about the US. He just wants things to be the most inconvenient because he's morally superior and somehow that justifies it.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:22am

          Re: Re: Good

          keep you opinions to yourself buddy, you don't speak for me, show me where I said I don't care about the US, OR IS THAT JUST A LIE ???

          I do care about the US, but no more or less than anywhere else! At least I don't advocate hate towards your Government as you do, or have a complete disregard for your rules and laws. It does appear I have more respect for your laws than most people here on TD, we'll at least within the Masnick cultists/followers.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:31am

            Re: Re: Re: Good

            You couldn't speak for yourself if someone stuck a coat hanger up your ass and pulled your guts inside out. Your English is fucked and you're a horrible liar.

            Get bent.

             

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:25am

        Re: Good

        and yet you still cant answer my question, but go on your own little rant some other pointless thing.

        So I take it you then accept that Snowden's claim is clearly FAULSE and well basically a lie. But nice try anyway.

        BTW: Playing the 'race' card, puts you in a new low!!!

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 5:28am

          Re: Re: Good

          Point out where "race" was mentioned in the message.

          Oh, wait, you can't. Because it wasn't mentioned, and you're too stupid to realize that.

           

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      Tim Griffiths (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 2:51am

      Re:

      Snowden was able to walk out with the documents and we only know that because he told us. What this tells us is that these kind of leaks could have happened before and over enough time almost certainly would have. By making the leaks, and the way they where leaked, public Snowden has insured that that can not happen. Because the breach is in the public eye they can't cover it up or ignore it. In short Snowdens actions have lead to us being more secure than we where.

      But what about the documents that got out you cry! Well there again we are safer than these documents that very well could have been leaked before Snowden are now public knowledge and every one knows that every one knows at the very least what has been reported. The upshot is that our governments now have to act with the knowledge these programs have been exposed which is vastly preferable to them carrying on like they are secret with a huge gaping hole in the security that protect them.

      Now it's worth noting here that I've not yet even touched on the idea that the leaks where in the publics interests or even if the programs make us safer. What ever side of the argument you are on the above logic remains the same, the leaks could have already happened or happened in the future and in the event of those leaks it's vastly better for the government and our safety that they've been done publicly via filtered and considered reporting. All but one other outcomes of this hole in NSA security are less preferable to this one and the other one is "it just happens to never be exploited" and if you're are trusting your security to a group who banks on that you are in deep trouble already.

      So yes, giving them to the planet, filtered by people who have an interest in not actually causing us harm is the best thing he could do. In fact I'd even go so far as to argue it is the single best course of action that could have been followed given the circumstance.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:29am

        Re: Re:

        so do you recall any leaks to the PUBLIC from the NSA by anyone else recently ???

        You argument "that they might of already got out" is THE MOST STUPID one I have ever heard, watch out Masnick might write a full post about it, as the champion of lost causes and legal/political misreading.

         

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          Tim Griffiths (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 4:34am

          Re: Re: Re:

          There's no reason to expect public leaks before now and given my point is not even reliant on there even having been leaks before now I fail to see why you think that's an counter argument.

          The logic above remains valid, the leaks could have happened before Snowden and they now can't happen after. If anything was leaked before Snowden it's now less valuable and damaging that it was before. Less harm can be cause now than it could be before. The simple fact Snowden could do what he did means what he did made us safer.

          I can say that you are a cat but unless I want to provide a meaningful reason such as "we have no documented cases of cats being able to understand language or use a keyboard" it is pointless. If you are going to suggest that something is the most stupid thing you've ever heard you undermine your point vastly by not logically explaining why that is the case. After all that should be easy so it makes me wonder why you didn't bother...

          Well no... I know why you didn't bother... you're a troll but that's no fun now is it?

           

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 7:00am

      Re:

      Why is this being censored such that it can only be seen by clicking an additional link (which is quite difficult to see given the lack of contrast against the background)? Are comments like this so vile that they trouble the sensibilities of the TD community at large? I would like to think that persons here have thicker skin. After all, discussions concerning comments on other internet sites constantly berate anyone who dares question the propriety of their continued presence...the argument being "that is blatant censorship and must be stopped at all costs".

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 6:35pm

    “There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents,” he said.


    Did not know Russia and China did not have the internet !!!
    Sorry, is Snowden an idiot ??

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:01pm

      Re:

      How much do you get paid to be a shill? I'm wondering, perhaps I should hire some of my own and make the post comments about ponies on certain blogs.

       

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:39pm

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        you should, possibly he can answer my question !!

        We'll?? Is Snowden an Idiot ??

        or is it simply it's been a few weeks since he was paid attention too ? Is we worried that no one cares anymore and he's forgotten and left to rot in sunny Russia. Dah.

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:40pm

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          There's no apostrophe in "well", you solar panel fucktard.

           

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            Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:31am

            Re: Re: Re: Re:

            " you solar panel fucktard."

            Oh looks like I got someone upset !!!

            Don't worry, you might achieve something in your lifetime.. Possibly.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 5:33am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

              You're deluding yourself if you think cussing is an indication of someone being upset.

              Unfortunately for you the real world is not very tolerant of blatant stupidity.

               

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      Uriel-238 (profile), Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:26pm

      Documents vs. the news.

      There's a difference between documents that haven't been released and those documents (or partials thereof) that have been publicly released in the news.

      Snowden's verification is that neither he, Russia nor China have access to any additional info that the public does not have.

       

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    horse with no name, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:01pm

    public interest

    I love how Snowden thinks that he and he alone is the best one to decide what is in the public interest. Arrogance has a name, it's name is Snowden.

     

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      Brazenly anonymous, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:05pm

      Re: public interest

      I love how the NSA thinks that they and they alone are the best ones to decide what is in the public interest. Arrogance has a name, its name is Classified.

       

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      Uriel-238 (profile), Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:30pm

      Re: public interest

      Under the circumstances, who would you have given the power of having those documents, and the responsibility to inform the people of the United States how the US Government via the NSA is taking a big dump on their rights?

      Snowden chose the best recourse and I challenge anyone to think of a better way he could have done it.

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 9:39pm

      Re: public interest

      Jackassery has a name, and it's the horse with no name.

      Have a DMCA vote, you Prenda fanboy cocksucker.

       

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        horse with no name, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 10:54pm

        Re: Re: public interest

        Hi, nice attempt at flaming. Mike or the other moderators, can you please treat this flaming troll in the same manner you treated me? Due process, he earned it!

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 11:08pm

          Re: Re: Re: public interest

          You hate due process. You have no idea what due process means.

          As for the "same manner" you were allegedly treated, have a list of posts you made with no time delay.

          God's sake, you can't even lie right.

           

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            horse with no name, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 4:59am

            Re: Re: Re: Re: public interest

            "As for the "same manner" you were allegedly treated, have a list of posts you made with no time delay."

            Made in the last 2 days, after the block was removed after about 6 months of it being on.

            I see all the flaming and hatred in this post, I am shocked that the admins aren't address the issue of the real people causing the issue. I got a time out because people like you cannot control yourselves. That truly sucks.

             

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              Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 5:36am

              Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: public interest

              It's obvious you refuse to read anything. The posts date back as far as July at least and the posts are some of the earliest made on articles.

              I know it's hard for copyright enforcers to be truthful but this is just making you look infantile and repugnant.

               

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                horse with no name, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 7:40pm

                Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: public interest

                The comments appear now, but they did not appear as they were posted. Rather, they went into "moderation" when I clicked submit (never shown to anyone) until a few days later they would be "released", long after the discussion was done.

                The idea was to make my comments irrelevant by blocking them long enough for the story to sink a few pages deep. You can tell because if anyone replies to my comments made during that period, the reply was days later, not the usual short time later that happens here.

                I know you are trying to bait me, but I am not biting. You are just showing your true intentions and I hope that Mike and his staff treat you like a flaming troll and block your posts for a while too.

                 

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 12:59am

          Re: Re: Re: public interest

          You know what's funny? For all the people you've called troll, you're the only one who ended up reported. Who's the troll now, chucklefuck?

           

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        Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:46am

        Re: Re: public interest

        you Prenda fanboy cocksucker.

        Someone needs a nap!!!

         

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:33am

      Re: public interest

      I thought arrogance was called AssaungeSnowden... pronounced AssaungSnowden

       

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    Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:23pm

    He is more than welcome to come home anytime hew wants. As with all traitors, the taxpayers will welcome him with open-arms.

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 17th, 2013 @ 7:42pm

      Re: Remember that other guy who defected to Russia

      Then came back ??

      Lee Harvey Oswald was his name...

       

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        Jay (profile), Oct 17th, 2013 @ 8:21pm

        Re: Re: Remember that other guy who defected to Russia

        That's actually propaganda compared to what documents say about Oswald...

         

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          Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:43am

          Re: Re: Re: Remember that other guy who defected to Russia

          "That's actually propaganda compared to what documents say about Oswald..."

          What is ?

           

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    Lurk-a-lot (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 12:28am

    He further noted that the NSA is well aware that neither the Russians nor Chinese got access to the documents, meaning that when US officials are suggesting that he gave the docs to both (or that they got them from him) they're either ignorant or lying.

    Or perhaps the oversight committee hasn't yet asked the right questions

     

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:34am

      Re:

      Got them directly off snowden or downloaded from the NET, and the difference is ???

       

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      Anonymous Coward, Oct 18th, 2013 @ 3:38am

      Re:

      the source of the documents is SNOWDEN, anyone with a copy of them got them either directly off or indirectly off Snowden.

      But Snowden says:

      “There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents,” he said.

      I would say, considering the wide available of the documents (sourced by Snowden) that there would be a higher than ZERO chance either Russia or China has received ANY documents.

      Snowden is not saying he did not give them any, he is saying THEY DID NOT RECIEVE ANY..

      Again I ask:

      Is Snowden an idiot !!!!

       

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        John Fenderson (profile), Oct 18th, 2013 @ 9:04am

        Re: Re:

        When you start carefully parsing the words of someone in order to claim they said something other than what they were obviously intending, you've lost your argument.

        What Snowden clearly meant was that Russia and China did not receive any documents through him that were not already released to the public.

         

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