Edward Snowden On Hacking: “We Hack Everyone Everywhere”

Edward Snowden

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)

    12 Responses to “Edward Snowden On Hacking: “We Hack Everyone Everywhere””

    1. MrT

      Always been know,, America full of shit and double standards, we can do it but no one else can.
      All the web sites are linked back to central servers and information gathered.
      Including this one.
      Google got pushed out of China facefook and twatter banned because they will not release information about people posting and trying to stir shit up in China so rightly so they are blocked.
      In the west anyone using those services trying to cause shit will get there doors kicked off and arrested.
      In America you get banged up for a long time.
      What if weibo and QQ was common place in America and people used it as tool to cause disruption to the country, how long do you think they would last.
      Also funny as fuck he as to come Honk Kong to keep is freedom, HK the place that’s always ranting on about a lack of freedom in China.

    2. MrT

      also why the fuck when clearly this is about the NSA you manage to stick the knife in China.
      No doubt this site like all the other are front for the US.

    3. MAC

      You know, “Edward Snowden” sounds a lot like “Edgar Snow.” I wonder if this guy has actually picked Hong Kong because he thinks that China will relish the chance to shelter an American for once.

        • Jason

          Yep, in all irony, China’s probably the safest spot for him. Trade some intel for a semi-decent life in obscurity. Not a bad trade at all. CIA doesn’t dare try anything in China.

    4. Lemon

      Give me a break.

      I’m sure this dumbass could use about four years in China and he’ll be singing a different tune.

          • MrT

            The Utah Data Center will be built on a 240-acre site near Camp Williams, Utah. Once completed in September 2013, it will be twice as large as the US Capitol. The center will provide 100,000 square feet of computer space, out of a total one million square feet. The project, launched in 2010, is to cost the National Security Agency up to $2 billion.

            The highly-classified project will be responsible for intercepting, storing and analyzing intelligence data as it zips through both domestic and international networks. The data may come in all forms: private e-mails, cell phone calls, Google searches – even parking lot tickets or shop purchases.

            “Every day you pick up a telephone and call your grandmother or call your sons and daughters and mothers and fathers and whoever, records of those calls will be all kept in there — and may be kept in there forever

            The center will constantly use 65 megawatts of power — enough to power 33,000 houses.

            This means not only exposing Facebook activities or Wikipedia requests, but compromising “the invisible” Internet, or the “deepnet.” Legal and business deals, financial transactions, password-protected files and inter-governmental communications will all become vulnerable.

            Once communication data is stored, a process known as data-mining will begin. Everything a person does – from traveling to buying groceries – is to be displayed on a graph, allowing the NSA to paint a detailed picture of any given individual’s life.

            With this in mind, the agency now indeed looks to be “the most covert and potentially most intrusive intelligence agency ever,”

            blah blah blah
            good look with saying anything bad about the American government.
            that’s your freedom of speech being controlled now.
            Double fucking standards and you dick heads just keep putting up with it and saying YAY US go go go.


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