NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has accused the U.K. government of falsely attributing classified documents that were supposedly leaked to a U.K. newspaper to him.
Earlier today, The Independent put out a story about a top secret U.K surveillance operation in the Middle East, claiming that the information the article is based on comes from “documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden.”
According to a statement Snowden released to journalist Glen Greenwald today, whatever information The Independent used for the story did not come from him.
In fact, Snowden believes the U.K. government leaked the documents to the paper in order to perpetuate its claims that the whistleblower is leaking information that could damage the Western allies’ relationship with the Middle East and therefore putting several countries in danger.
Here’s an excerpt from the statement (From The Guardian):
“I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent. The journalists I have worked with have, at my request, been judicious and careful in ensuring that the only things disclosed are what the public should know but that does not place any person in danger.”
“People at all levels of society up to and including the President of the United States have recognized the contribution of these careful disclosures to a necessary public debate, and we are proud of this record”
“It appears that the UK government is now seeking to create an appearance that the Guardian and Washington Post’s disclosures are harmful, and they are doing so by intentionally leaking harmful information to The Independent and attributing it to others. The UK government should explain the reasoning behind this decision to disclose information that, were it released by a private citizen, they would argue is a criminal act.”
Greenwald, who writes for The Guardian and published the majority of the documents Snowden leaked, released a statement of his own that accuses the U.K. government of leaking classified information only when it supports what it wants people to think, a manipulative tactic he said is “constantly used” by the U.S. government.
The U.K. government is currently in the middle of an investigation of the computer of David Miranda, Greenwald’s key collaborator who was held for questioning for approximately nine hours at a London airport last Sunday.
Journalist and former intelligence analyst Joshua Foust says that the information within The Independent’s story could very well have been leaked by an unknown third party, implying that Greenwald may have lost control of the thousands of classified documents he and Snowden have allegedly exchanged.
Via: The Guardian