ASSESSING THE DAMAGE
Did ChiComs and Russians Get Snowden’s Data?
By Harold Hutchison
The National Security Agency is trying to assess the level of damage done by the leaks by self-proclaimed whistleblower Edward Snowden. One of the biggest questions is whether Snowden compromised new American nuclear plans.
One of the biggest questions is whether Snowden handed off his data to the ChiComs and the Russians. According to a report by Bill Gertz in the Washington Free Beacon, intelligence officials believe that the ChiComs already have the data. Snowden’s disclosures about NSA hacking helped blunt American efforts to question the Chinese about cyber-attacks, some of which may have compromised weapon systems like the F-35, V-22, and Patriot missile.
American officials also believe that the Russians received data as well, which would explain who Snowden has did not depart Russia as scheduled. Snowden is reportedly seeking asylum in Ecuador.
Is Snowden trading data to Russia and China in exchange for them helping him avoid extradition to the United States? Has Snowden compromised legitimate military secrets? Is there too much access to American secrets?