Skip to comments.NSA trove in foreign hands: 58,000 ‘highly classified’ documents, U.K. officials say
Posted on 08/30/2013 3:22:05 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
British officials said Friday that the trove of documents taken by National Security Agency leaker Edward J. Snowden, which it seized earlier this week at Heathrow airport, contains more than 58,000 highly classified UK intelligence documents, which the government now assumes are in foreign hands.
Oliver Robbins, the deputy national security adviser for intelligence, security and resilience in the Cabinet Office, told a court in London that Mr. Snowden indiscriminately appropriated material in bulk, including personal information that would allow British intelligence staff, some serving overseas, to be identified.
The 58,000 documents were among 60 gigabytes of encrypted data seized from David Miranda during a nine hour detention under special terrorism powers Sunday.
Mr. Miranda is the boyfriend of Glen Greenwald, the journalist for Britains The Guardian newspaper who has been the conduit for most of Mr. Snowdens leaks. He was bringing the data to Mr. Greenwald at their home in Brazil when he was detained while changing planes in London.
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The trustworthyness of this report is somewhere around .2
I guess compartmentalization no longer applies in the era of Big Data if a new hire like Snowden can just copy it onto a thumb drive.
Well it's not good news for Snowden fans but why the low score on trustworthyness? The Washington Times is one of the few good guys in the greater MSM. Plus this is from UK court testimony that could at least theoretically be checked.
But I, and I assume you, know better. Perhaps it is a lot of files from a very few programs that Snowden had access to.
Regardless, you make a good point.
Sorry... without absolute proof I will let the track records of liars stand for themselves.
Didn’t Mark Twain say that if you put all your eggs in one basket, you should watch that basket very closely?
How in the hell does someone download 60GB of classified information. My thoughts are someone or many had to be involved to allow this occur. Just my thoughts based on my experience on protocols or this is bull hockey.
No one can tell me that the overwhelming number of bad things happening to America (BP disaster, Sandy Hoax, Pvt. Manning, Snowden, Boston bombing, compromised stealth drone to IRAN, MB takeover of Egypt, etc) is just pure happenstance. This is all orchestrated, folks, and in the case of Snowden, remember that "flexibility" comment? Is it just happenstance that Snowden would fall under Putin's control shortly after going to Hong Kong? Hell no! 0bama approves! Wake up, America! FReepers too! RETHINK Breitbart's death, Hastings death, the death of 20 SEALs in one helicopter, etc..
SNOWDEN IS A GOVERNMENT-ORCHESTRATED SNOWJOB ON AMERICA.
Look into Snowdens connection to the CIA !
Oddly enough, I think the people most to blame in the Manning and Snowden affairs are not the actual leakers, but those who fouled up horribly in other ways.
For example: Manning had access to a vast library of classified information from numerous government agencies, all neatly consolidated together for ease of use by *anyone* on the system.
This demonstrates a double failure. First, that such information should be compartmentalized for very good reasons. What the State Department and the Pentagon know, are for them to know, and if they share information, they need to do so with much higher level people.
But at some point, someone said, “Hey, we have the technology to do this”, and “it will mean less work”.
And to show how bad this has become, nobody since Manning has seen fit to question “the system” that created the opportunity in the first place. They are still using it, just waiting for the *next* Manning to do the same thing.
As far as the Snowden affair goes, the problem is really Frankensteinian. It began with the idea that “We have the technology to spy on everybody all the time.”
And *nobody* said, “Gee, you know, that is really invasive, unnecessary and inefficient. By paying attention to everyone instead of just known and potential villains, we will miss critical surveillance of them. Terrorists will escape our attention because we are staring at millions of honest people.”
“Shut up”, they explained to him.
So what is Snowden exposing? Unconstitutionally invasive, unnecessary espionage surveillance that is inefficiently directed at “friendly” people who should be ignored.
That this is happening isn’t his fault. That he exposed it, embarrassing the heck out of the US, is actually deserved *by those people* who decided to be obnoxious in the first place.
And America truly needs to put its foot down, and tell the Intelligence community to stop screwing around and get back to doing the work we *want* you to do.
Make another James Bond movie...or maybe a Lawrence of Arabia redo.
Did the Brits willingly share the data he got or did our folks get it by other means?
Compartmentalization still applies, but it seems they overlooked the potential threat of their IT and AIS account managers......basically, they were given NTK privileges because of the potential need to ‘fix’ account/file problems.....