Reporting Alex DeMetrick
WASHINGTON (WJZ) — NSA leaker Edward Snowden is still in limbo, and for now, still holding onto more classified secrets.
Alex DeMetrick reports that Snowden reportedly holds detailed blueprints for how the NSA operates.
The nuts and bolts of how the NSA scans internet traffic and monitors phone calls, in essence an instruction manual on how to spy, is apparently one secret Snowden does not want released.
That’s according to the Guardian newspaper reporter whose seen the information.
What’s already been published is considered damaging enough by the Obama administration.
“Make no mistake. This violation of our laws was a serious security breach,” Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said.
A blueprint of how the NSA operates increases the chances a terrorist organization could evade detection or duplicate it, according to the Guardian.
Snowden is apparently sitting on that secret, still in diplomatic limbo in a Moscow airport.
On the website Wikileaks, he complained, “I have been made stateless and hounded for my act of political expression.”
He has also requested asylum from at least 20 countries with no firm offers yet of acceptance.
“A little over a month ago, I had a family, a home in paradise and lived in great comfort,” Snowden said.
After telling what he’s lost, officials in Moscow say that they have yet to receive an application from Snowden for asylum.
Even so, Russia still refuses to send him back to the United States.
According to the Guardian reporter in contact with Snowden, the NSA leaker does not want the so-called blueprints made public because it would harm the United States.