The source of the NSA leaks has reportedly given an interview to a Chinese newspaper in which he told the South China Morning Post that the US has been spying on Hong Kong and China for years. As the Post reports, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden told them that,
Snowden believed there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, with hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
“We hack network backbones – like huge internet routers, basically – that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” he said.
“Last week the American government happily operated in the shadows with no respect for the consent of the governed, but no longer. Every level of society is demanding accountability and oversight.”
Snowden said he was releasing the information to demonstrate “the hypocrisy of the US government when it claims that it does not target civilian infrastructure, unlike its adversaries”.
“Not only does it do so, but it is so afraid of this being known that it is willing to use any means, such as diplomatic intimidation, to prevent this information from becoming public.”
The unverified documents Snowden provided for the paper show no evidence that the Chinese military has been targeted. The focus has been on businesses, public and university officials and students.
He opined that, “I’m neither traitor or hero. I’m an American” and “the reality is that I have acted at great personal risk to help the public of the world, regardless of whether that public is American, European, or Asian.”
Snowden might be seeking asylum in Hong Kong. Russia has reportedly been considering offering him asylum.
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