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Victory For Liberty! Greenwald: Snowden's Files Are Out There If "Anything Happens" To Him

by Eli Lake | Jun 25, 2013 | The Daily Beast

Snowden has shared encoded copies of all the documents he took so that they won’t disappear if he does, Glenn Greenwald tells Eli Lake.

As the U.S. government presses Moscow to extradite former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, America’s most wanted leaker has a plan B. The former NSA systems administrator has already given encoded files containing an archive of the secrets he lifted from his old employer to several people. If anything happens to Snowden, the files will be unlocked.

Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who Snowden first contacted in February, told The Daily Beast on Tuesday that Snowden “has taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published.” Greenwald added that the people in possession of these files “cannot access them yet because they are highly encrypted and they do not have the passwords.” But, Greenwald said, “if anything happens at all to Edward Snowden, he told me he has arranged for them to get access to the full archives.”

The fact that Snowden has made digital copies of the documents he accessed while working at the NSA poses a new challenge to the U.S. intelligence community that has scrambled in recent days to recover them and assess the full damage of the breach. Even if U.S. authorities catch up with Snowden and the four classified laptops the Guardian reported he brought with him to Hong Kong the secrets Snowden hopes to expose will still likely be published.

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Garan's picture

Snowden is Advertising Defense to the Common Citizen

Some might think Snowden is making a threat.
Many will wonder who he needs to protect himself against.

It's an emotive picture whose message is that the Federal government is something to be feared.

..and it might help keep him alive.

Jan Helfeld's picture

The Feds want Snowden to become a Spy.

The Feds want Snowden to become a Spy. see it here on DP

Jan Helfeld

Killing Snowden will not make

Killing Snowden will not make a lick of difference at this point. Trillions of dollars of damage has already been done and can't be reversed.

The best play for the federal government at this point is to limit the damage. They absolutely don't want the names of every secret agent outed. It would take decades to rebuild that structure.

Give Edward Snowden full immunity, a full pardon, and protection for life or else. Make a dam good deal. And especially stop demonizing him.

Personally, I couldn't give a dam if the whole system was outed.

Edward should be more afraid now

If I were Edward I'd be more afraid for having all of these extra hidden secrets. I imagine now that all of the enemies of the USA might want him dead so all of the ugly secrets about the USA will be released. The only way out of that mess, however, would be to incrementally or entirely share those secrets with America's enemies.


as I see it. Of course, what do I know! But---

Based on what Mike Adams said about Ecuador being a dangerous place, where the US government has kidnapped other wanted people who thought they were safe there, Edward Snowden has three choices:

1. Go to Iceland

2. Stay in Russia

3. Stay in Russia temporarily, while Iceland is processing his citizenship application and paperwork.

Because, there are no direct NON-STOP flights to South America anyway, and he could be seized??? at the airports in France, England, Florida (of course), etc.

So, to secure his freedom in another country, I hope that the ICELANDIC GOVERNMENT will decide tomorrow to allow him to become a citizen there. If not, he could take "temporary" refuge in Russia possibly. They would probably take him & protect him. I would hate to see that, though, because he's not Russian, and it would be viewed negatively, even though I wouldn't personally care if he remained there.

In fact, right now, Russia is behaving as good as China did. Most countries, even some of the western ones, must be thinking what on earth has the US been doing to them!

I hope the Russian police are guarding Edward's spot 24x7, where he's at in the terminal, due to the evil CIA hitmen floating around.

If Iceland accepts Edward Snowden tomorrow, I suspect he will be flown there via the Russian border, possibly to Murmansk, Russia, then off to Iceland.

It would be wise to take some journalists (CNN,MSN,NBC,ABC) along on that flight, just in case the CIA & the military get any wise ideas, or possibly some Iceland bound citizens.

If Iceland accepts Edward Snowden, but she has to wait for a certain amount of time to process his citizenship, then, I can't think of a better place to temporarily stay than in Russia, if they would allow it. It would certainly make Russia look good to the world, if they allowed him to temporarily stay there on some kind of Visa. Besides, it would be an easier & safer route around Norway, Finland, & Sweden to Iceland. However, let's hope that doesn't happen, because staying in Russia will be viewed negatively by the Western Power Leaders. Of course, he's being viewed terribly bad now anyway.

I don't know...

However, on a note of ENCOURAGEMENT, here is an excerpt from the ICELANDIC REYKJAVIK NEWSPAPER:

"Iceland, too, has not been left unmolested by the long arm of American spookdom. In 2011, for example, the FBI turned up unannounced to interview a WikiLeaks associate. Ögmundur, however, ordered the Icelandic police to refrain from cooperating.

The involvement of NSA intelligence gathering is unclear in these cases. But considering how the Obama administration stands accused of trampling on free speech and privacy, dubiously, in the name of national security, the global import of the former contractor's allegations is unquestionable. Icelandic law, too, might have been subverted, with Snowden providing mounting evidence of global data mining, espionage, and cyber warfare.

“Edward Snowden is doing us all a favour by telling us about espionage allegedly conducted by U.S. authorities,” Ögmundur said.

“The Icelandic government, being charged with safeguarding Icelandic sovereignty, should take a stand on this issue,” Smári added. “I have no doubt they will.”

I pray for Iceland, also

I just think he is safer on an island. If anyone is interested, there is an Icelandic crime writer who is fairly well known and quite good. I have read two of his books, mostly because I like to read foreign born writers because you learn about the culture that way. His name is Arnaldur Indridason. I read "Jar City" and just finished "Silence of the Grave". I liked Silence better. It is definitely a different place. Most of the people are related in some way, it seems. Also, I guess they have a drug problem there, like anywhere, it seems heroine is available. I get the impression of a cold weather people, which means it takes awhile to get to know them. Also, in these books, they refer to things like, "a typical Iceland murder", which is typical of a small-town attitude. Anyway, I Snowden would be safer there. I worry about Glenn,also. I hope he is being cautious.

Not to get down on what

Not to get down on what Snowden has done, but didn't Assange say he had a smoking gun that he would release if anything happened to him? Why don't these guys just release everything they have. Do they really think they have leverage over the US military and banking system?

He practiced this everyday at his NSA job.

Makes you wonder how much "Leverage" the NSA has on Congressman, Senators, Judges, etc.

You bet!

Excellent point.

I also think if they kill any one of those people....

who have the information, that each one of them knows who the other is, and IF something happens to any one of the other guys, well, the floodgates of information will open on that account, too. Just a hunch...

It is a simple choice.

The bought and paid for criminals who throw away the Constitution have a simple choice:

Get this guy at ANY/ALL cost, including revealing so-called 'harmful secrets' to everybody around the globe, to once again establish the point that one should NEVER oppose king and government.


Come clean, honor the Whistle Blower Act of 1989 and the Constitution, leave Snowden alone, and celebrate 'Independence Day' along with the rest of us.


"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

SteveMT's picture

Snowden is a smart guy.

Like most Ron Paul supports, he knows history. If only Karen Silkwood
had had this option.

"On the night of November 13, 1974, Karen Silkwood, a technician at the Kerr-McGee Cimarron River nuclear facility in Crescent, Oklahoma, was driving her white Honda to Oklahoma City. There she was to deliver a manila folder full of alleged health and safety violations at the plant to a friend, Drew Stephens, a New York Times reporter and national union representative. Seven miles out of Crescent, however, her car went off the road, skidded for a hundred yards, hit a guardrail, and plunged off the embankment. Silkwood was killed in the crash, and the manila folder was not found at the scene when Stephens arrived a few hours later. Nor has it come to light since. Although Kerr-McGee was a prominent Oklahoma employer whose integrity had never been challenged, as a part of the nuclear power industry it had many adversaries. The controversy ignited by Silkwood's death regarding the regulation of the nuclear industry was intense, with critics finally finding an example around which to focus their argument. The legacy of the Silkwood case continues to this day in the on-going debate over the safety of nuclear technology."
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/karen-silkwood#ixzz2XGGoi8qG

Good shit, Steve.

Never heard of this story before nor have I seen anyone talk about it.


If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

You must be young...

this was a huge case....she was a hero to many.

SteveMT's picture

Karen Silkwood is the forgotten whistleblower.

She, like Breitbart, Hastings, Pat Tillman, and many others, were preemptively killed before they became whistleblowers. They didn't get as far as Snowden.

Thanks for that positive fecal-accolade feedback (lol).

I just wonder how many

whistleblowers have tried and died in the past. I wonder how many are out there right now, just sitting on "bombshell" evidence.

I wonder if Gary Webb released everything he had...

If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.

There's a movie about it

"Silkwood" starring Meryl Streep.


When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign: that the dunces are all in confederacy against him. ~J. Swift

I Remember Watching It With My Father When I Was Young

Scary s---.

"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

I thought he had given the files to Greenwald...

it seems he implied that already. And it was amusing to hear our "leaders" say they wanted to capture him so they could obtain his computers, as if that was the only place the stuff was hidden. Maybe they will back off now, since it's too late to do anything. I still wish he could end up in Iceland.

As someone who is probably

As someone who is probably familiar with the inner intricacies of the government/s ability to hinder such an action.......this might just be worrying one or two people up there in bullshit mountain with something to hide

Ill be looking out for sudden mind changes, or the complete lack of the continuation of the persecution

Interested to see their response, i suspect, scream that they have nothing to hide, rinse repeat infinity, keep fighting untill the undeniable evidence comes out, untill then, manipulate the opinion......or attempt to do so, gladly, that seems to be getting harder for them

How do YOU spell LEVERAGE?

How much did Snowden have? Who did he share it with? Who might they share it with?

Only the shadow knows. ;I)

Then the CIA/NSA will have to

Then the CIA/NSA will have to kill everyone he knows.

Not a moral problem just....

Not a moral problem for this administration just logistics.
How long until drones are used to fight the drug war in Latin America.

I thinks that the powers that be, military, police, government officials can't be so stupid as to think the drug war is making it a better world.

It's a better world if you follow the money for some.
Private prison industry for one.


Just want what seems to be missing, Truth and Justice for ALL
What is fraud except creating “value” from nothing and passing it off as something?

They upped the anti as I

They upped the anti as I predicted last night. Even if I do say so myself.

Spoken Like The 'Wiseguy' We All Know And Love


Thanks for posting Michael..

You can even see that comment

You can even see that comment I made time stamped at 22:59 last night. It's all about knowing how to play three level chess well.

"Snowden is going to up the anti soon. By now he's learned the corrupt corporate MSM is a major enemy factor along with the corrupt MIC. No more Mr nice guy. The only way to deal with these evil people is to threaten them where it will really hurt. The insurance files are being put in place. If they try to harm a hair on that young mans head and a presidential pardon is not forthcoming, well, the whole Valerie Plame outing will seem like a mosquito bite.

Don't worry. No civilians will be harmed by these actions."

anti = against

anti = against

ante is the word you want.