Russia and China cracked Snowden’s cache – claim

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, an analyst with a U.S. defence contractor, is pictured during an interview with the Guardian in his hotel room in Hong KongSenior officials in Downing Street, the Home Office and the security services claim that Edward Snowden’s secret cache has been hacked by Chinese and Russian spooks.

Apparently this has meant that MI6 has had to pull agents out of live operations in hostile countries and one senior Home Office official accused Snowden of having “blood on his hands”.

Western intelligence agencies say they have been forced into the rescue operations after Moscow gained access to more than 1m classified files held by the former American security contractor, who fled to seek protection from Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, after mounting one of the largest leaks in US history.

Senior government sources confirmed that China had also cracked the encrypted documents, which contain details of secret intelligence techniques and information to British and American spies to be identified.

Of course they would say that. MI6 and the NSA can claim what they like, after all Snowden revealed that they were lying to everyone about the extent of their surveillance antics and appeared to be completely out of control. If you lied then, why should we believe them now? In any event Snowden is very old news and most of his posts are interesting historically – if the US and UK had kept spooks in place for the years since his records were released they were completely negligent. It was only going to be a matter of time before encryption keys were cracked.