It was recently released that some of the secrets leaked by Snowden had been swept under the rug through a combined effort of government and media. Most recently however, some of that information has been dragged back out and into the spotlight.
On Tuesday, The Register published a story explaining that the British government had been tapping underwater information cables without warrant or public knowledge. Reporter Duncan Campbell revealed that the information was, “leaked by fugitive NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden,” regarding a, “clandestine British base tapping undersea cables in the Middle East.”
Campbell further explained that other news outlets decided against publishing the “above top secret,” information, but everyone is wondering how the reporter got his hands on the documents in the first place. It seems that as the government made its rounds – and threats regarding the violation of national security – that many news agencies not only ditched the stories, but wiped clean their hard drives in an effort to destroy any and all evidence of the matter – The Register being one of the aforementioned organizations.
Since that time however, it seems that many are more curious on how Campbell got his hands on such information rather than the information in and of itself. According to Glenn Greenwald, the man responsible for publishing the first of Snowden’s leaked documents, Snowden has, “no source relationship,” with Campbell whatsoever.
He further noted:
“Snowden has no source relationship with Duncan (who is a great journalist), and never provided documents to him directly or indirectly, as Snowden has made clear. I can engage in informed speculation about how Duncan got this document — it’s certainly a document that several people in the Guardian UK possessed — but how he got it is something only he can answer.”
The dirtiest of secrets however seem to have a way of resurfacing time and time again despite the best of efforts to conceal criminal acts. What do you think though – could Snowden have been disappointed that the facts were swept under the rug prompting him to find someone brave enough to publish? Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments below.