The N.Y. Times released late Thursday afternoon the status of the NSA files that Edward J. Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor, had stolen away from the NSA The information about the files comes from his comments in an interview with "The Guardian" from Russia this past Monday.
Mr. Snowden states that he gave all of the NSA files in his possession to journalists he met in Hong Kong before flying to Moscow, and he does not retain any copies at this time. According to Snowden he did not take any files, “because it wouldn’t serve the public interest.”
An intriguing release from Snowden that sheds light on his cyber counter intelligence level of expertise is that as an NSA contractor he states that he had targeted Chinese operations and had taught a course on Chinese cyber counter intelligence .
According to Snowden he stands by his belief in his expertise that, “There’s a zero percent chance the Russians or Chinese have received any documents.”
He is only coming forth at this time with the whereabouts of the NSA files because he has been protecting the journalists. He feels that the NSA knows that he did not release any files to the Chinese or Russians.
Snowden is caught between the government officials who consider his actions as irreparable and harmful; he is facing charges under the Espionage Act for leaking NSA documents to news media, and privacy advocates who praise him.
In his interview, he believes that he is a whistle-blower, and that he acted in the nation’s best interests by revealing information about the NSA’s surveillance net on Americans and European allies.
The story still continues and remains to be seen as to how much he has affected the U.S. security for Americans in the world.