December 14, 2013
US and British intelligence officials say they are concerned about a “doomsday” collection of highly classified, heavily encrypted materials they believe former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden may have stored away.
The cache supposedly contains documents with names of US and allied intelligence personnel, seven current and former US officials and other sources told Reuters.
The collection is shielded by elaborate encryption that requires multiple passwords to open, said two of the sources, who all spoke to Reuters anonymously.
At least three people – unknown to the sources – possess the passwords, which are only valid for a short period each day, they said.
Now, see, if it were me I’d have it hidden on an anonymous server somewhere running on some sort of dead-man program that would email it out if I disappeared for too long. Actually, that was pretty much the “MacGuffin” in the unpublished novel I wrote with Fritz Fiedler back in the 1990s, entitled, appropriately enough, Deadman. The twist was, the protagonist died accidentally before the beginning of the book, leaving people scrambling to find it. . . .