Government officials are still working to quiet public discontent over whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s leaks, which brought to light the National Security Agency’s malfeasance over the summer. But officials in the United States and Britain say that the job of dealing with the Snowden leaks is far from over, as the whistle-blower is likely sitting on a “doomsday” collection of highly classified NSA information.
According to Reuters, the heavily encrypted cache of information, which Snowden is believed to have stored on a data cloud, contains information generated by the NSA and other agencies. The information is thought to include details about U.S. and allied intelligence personnel and seven current and former U.S. officials, among other things.
One unidentified source said that Snowden’s stockpile of information served as a sort of “security policy” against arrest or physical harm for the leaker.
According to NSA head Gen. Keith Alexander, Snowden downloaded between 50,000 and 200,000 classified documents from the NSA and the agency’s British equivalent, GCHQ. It is estimated that Snowden has released only about 500 documents to date.
In June, Glenn Greenwald, one of the reporters Snowden initially leaked the documents to, said that he believes the whistle-blower has much more information to reveal. Greenwald also warned government officials who may try to murder or imprison Snowden to prevent further leaks that the whistle-blower has “taken extreme precautions to make sure many different people around the world have these archives to insure the stories will inevitably be published.”