Snowden destroyed files before going to Russia – Greenwald debunks Sunday Times report



from Russia Today,  Moscow

Glenn Greenwald, a US journalist who published the first reports on documents leaked by Edward Snowden, says allegations in the British press that Russian and Chinese spies accessed Snowden’s documents are lies aimed at smearing the whistleblower.

Greenwald, writing in the Intercept, said that reports by the BBC and the Sunday Times that claimed Chinese and Russian intelligence services had access to Snowden’s files is based on the false premise that he kept them.

The Sunday Times cited a UK government source claiming that British agents in Russia and China had to be removed after Beijing and Moscow had gained access to Snowden’s top secret documents.

“We know Russia and China have access to Snowden’s material and will be going through it for years to come, searching for clues to identify potential targets,” an intelligence source told the newspaper.

Greenwald was one of the very first journalists to have met Snowden in 2013 at his hotel in Hong Kong, before the revelations on the US and its allies’ mass spying program were published by the Guardian, the Washington Post and the New York Times.

Greenwald is adamant that once he handed the material over to journalists, Snowden destroyed his own copy.

“Snowden has said unequivocally that when he left Hong Kong, he took no files with him, having given them to the journalists with whom he was working, and then destroying his copy precisely so that it wouldn’t be vulnerable. How, then, could Russia have obtained Snowden’s files as the story claims… if he did not even have physical possession of them? The only way this smear works is if they claim Snowden lied, and that he did in fact have files with him after he left Hong Kong,” Greenwald said.

The Sunday Times also reported that David Miranda had some 58,000 intelligence files on him when he was detained at Heathrow Airport after visiting Edward Snowden in Moscow.

In fact, Miranda had been visiting Laura Poitras in Berlin as media had learned at the time; Miranda told the same thing to the UK authorities. Poitras also met Snowden in Hong Kong and made an Oscar-winning film about him called Citizenfour.

Greenwald called the claims by the Times “an utter lie” and “as of the time he was detained in Heathrow, David had never been to Moscow and had never met Snowden.”

The US journalist said that after this the claim was “quietly deleted” by the Times, although it requires a redaction, as the print version is still out there claiming a falsehood.

Greenwald highlights numerous inconsistences in the Sunday Times piece in what he says is “shoddy, primitive” reporting. The whole article “does nothing other than quote anonymous British officials,” he points out adding that this is convenient because there is no one there to hold accountable if and when their claims turn out be false.

There is also considerable doubt if British officials really knew that British agents were unmasked. Government officials in the UK often accuse both China and Russia of successfully hacking sensitive government databases.

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  1. Rothschild asset Greenwald & the Sunday Times are here both lying shills for US-Nato-Israel, with the fraud of liar Greenwald clear in the report at Moscow’s intel agencies on the hoax of ‘Operation Fake Dissident Snowden’, with his nothing-really-new ‘revelations’. This fake ‘battle’ of Greenwald – Times, is the classic CIA game of 2 competing lies to fool the public. In fact, Eddie Snowden never ‘stole’ anything, CIA gives docs straight to Greenwald. See Moscow report to FSB SVR ‘Snowden, Greenwald are CIA frauds’

    Like Edward Snowden himself, Greenwald is anti-9-11 truth. Greenwald was never ‘brave’ about anything before or after Snowden, a corrupt lawyer-writer covering for the US judge bribery system. Greenwald is serially employed by 3 billionaires, richest in US (Bill Gates) richest in world (Rothschilds), and now sponsor-of-Ukraine-murder Pierre Omidyar. The Snowden limited hang-out was done to (1) terrorise & blackmail the world (2) support CIA media NY Times & Guardian (3) entrap, silence, kill real dissidents duped into contacting Greenwald etc (4) trap people into using the CIA-NSA Tor browser promoted by Snowden (5) help crush 9-11 truth (6) sideline & smear any real dissident not pumped by CIA-Rothschild media like faker ‘Snowden’.

  2. Considering that the Snowden information seems to be skewed in a certain direction with some glaring gaps, is this what is meant by a double-blind cutout? Plans within plans within plans…..

  3. NOT to go off on a tangent but the continued absence of Sec of State John Kerry amid the rumors of a shootout during a secret meeting needs to be explained, Yes?

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