The Sunday Times, not known for its critical assessment of Establishment figures, has published a story that Russian and Chinese cryptologists have broken the encrypted files that Edward Snowden took with him when he fled America with the proof that that US spies were harvesting the world’s data.
The unattributable assertion by 'a government source' claims that the lives of British and American agents have been put at risk by Snowden.
This latest story, that Snowden has put American and British spies at risk has conveniently, been published just days after the latest UK report on spying has been released. The report, by Establishment insider David Anderson QC, unsurprisingly concludes that mass interception of private data should be allowed.
David Davis, the Conservative MP who is one of the leading campaigners for privacy, said: “We have to treat all of these things with a pinch of salt.” He said the use of an anonymous source to create scare stories was a typical tactic and the timing was comfortable for the government. “We have not been given any facts, just assertions,” he said.