On June 23, the New York Times said two anonymous “Western intelligence experts, who worked for major government spy agencies, said they believed that the Chinese government had managed to drain the contents” of Edward Snowden’s laptops. Although thinly sourced, and certainly not proven, the claim spread, appearing as it did in the paper of record and all. Snowden, still rightfully wary of that traitor label, says no way and denies he’s helped Russia either.
“I never gave any information to either government, and they never took anything from my laptops,” he told Glenn Greenwald this week. “Obviously, Snowden’s denial is not dispositive and shouldn’t be treated as such,” Greenwald added. “But it is the only actual evidence on this question thus far.” The government’s unnamed sources probably won’t have trouble finding somewhere to refute that.