Snowden Is Just Hanging On to the Extra Top-Secret NSA ‘Blueprints’

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Reporter Glenn Greenwald tells the Associated Press that Edward Snowden has far more super-classified NSA info than he plans to release, including "literally thousands of documents" that make up "basically the instruction manual for how the NSA is built." According to Greenwald, "In order to take documents with him that proved that what he was saying was true he had to take ones that included very sensitive, detailed blueprints of how the NSA does what they do." Those blueprints, he explained, "would allow somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does, which would in turn allow them to evade that surveillance or replicate it." They are not scheduled for release.

Greenwald said Snowden has been adamant that the "blueprints" not be published, but he does have a plan — a "dead man's pact" — should Snowden be harmed. "It's not just a matter of, if he dies, things get released, it's more nuanced than that," said Greenwald, who called the media's view of the plan "overly simplistic." "It's really just a way to protect himself against extremely rogue behavior on the part of the United States, by which I mean violent actions toward him, designed to end his life, and it's just a way to ensure that nobody feels incentivized to do that." Loud and clear.