30 June 2013, 13:01

Snowden hid NSA files in Hong Kong for safety – media

Экс-сотрудник ЦРУ Эдвард Сноуден

Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden reportedly hid a stash of classified NSA documents before fleeing Hong Kong for safety reasons, The Sunday Times has cited an informed source as saying today.

According to the paper, the publication of these files could wreak havoc with Western security. The same source alleged Snowden left behind four laptopful of sensitive intelligence reports when he set off for the Hong Kong airport.

The source also said that the copies of encrypted files could be stored in his safety deposit box.

America’s spying on EU offices ‘a blow to US image’ – Russia's Pushkov

Russian MP Alexei Puhskov, who heads the State Duma’s foreign affairs committee, has called “a blow to America’s democratic image” the news that the US National Security Agency bugged EU’s outposts in Washington and New York.

Mr. Pushkov today tweeted the reports looked “convincing” and said Washington’s spying on its NATO allies was scandalous.

Germany’s Der Spiegel newspaper announced earlier, the NSA had made a habit of hacking into computer networks of EU’s offices in the US. The paper cited a classified document unveiled by US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden.

The leaked document, dating 2010, revealed how US intelligence had spied on the staff of EU missions in America’s two major cities.

Pushkov calls Snowden expulsion from Russia immoral

Alexei Pushkov, the head of the State Duma committee on international affairs, has expressed the opinion that Russia's expulsion of former CIA employee Edward Snowden to the United States is impermissible, primarily for moral reasons.

"How Snowden can be useful to Russia is a question in the spirit of Smerdyakov [a character from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novel "The Brothers Karamazov"]. Not usefulness is in question, but principle. The expulsion of a political refugee is morally impermissible," Pushkov twitted on Sunday.

Earlier Pushkov called Snowden a dissident.

"Assange, Manning and Snowden were not spies and released secret information because of their convictions, not for money. They are new dissidents, fighters against the system," Pushkov said on Twitter on Wednesday.

Julian Assange, the founder WikiLeaks, has been hiding on the territory of the embassy of Ecuador in London for over a year. U.S. Private Bradley Manning was arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of having provided to WikiLeaks a scandalous video of an attack on Reuter's journalists from a helicopter, which occurred near Bagdad in 2007

Snowden, who provided to the press information on secret surveillance programs of the U.S. special services, earlier asked for political asylum in Ecuador.

Snowden left the U.S. for Hong Kong in May and arrived in Moscow last Sunday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Snowden remains in the transit zone of the Moscow Sheremetyevo airport.

The U.S. demands that Russia extradite Snowden. The Russian authorities allege that he has not crossed the Russian border and therefore is not on the territory of Russia.

Voice of Russia, TASS, RIA, Interfax

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