In a Q-and-A with the Guardian, Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who is now in Hong Kong, talked about his motivations, the “authoritarian mindset” of spies (such as himself), and why he does not expect to ever return to the US as a free man.
He also said this about hacking, specifically the hypocrisy of any government complaining about Chinese hacking:
Q: What about the Obama administration’s protests about hacking by China?
A: “We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world. We are not at war with these countries.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese government can also intercept anything and everything. If only anyone cared, or were allowed to.
Edward Snowden: the whistleblower answers the essential questions on the biggest leak in NSA history (The Guardian, h/t Jonathan Alpart)