Which is likely why Snowden was seeking to join a KGB veterans group — he literally and intentionally seeked them out and applied. In this case, the KGB could very likely be covering for him and painting him as a victim of a trick.
Russian spies had whistleblower Edward Snowden in their sights SIX YEARS before he exposed US secrets, reports the Sunday People.
Moscow believed the cyber wizard working for the CIA in Geneva was ripe for defection in 2007 and opened a file on him, says a KGB defector.
But secret agents did not swoop until last year when Snowden, 30, fled to Hong Kong with 1.7 million top secret documents which he leaked to the media.
Ex-KGB Major Boris Karpichkov said spies from Russia’s SVR intelligence service posing as diplomats tricked Snowden into seeking asylum in Russia.
And when the turncoat went there the information was leaked to provoke the US into cancelling his passport , so restricting his movements, said Karpichkov.
He believes the Kremlin will keep the ex-US intelligence official another three years – until he has no more information to give.
Kapichkov said, according to security sources: “It was a trick and he fell for it .
“Now the Russians are extracting all the intelligence he possesses.”
Snowden caused a nightmare for Western espionage chiefs by revealing how US spy agencies harvested data on international phone calls and emails and even snooped on foreign leaders.
But Karpichkov says his old spymasters are not interested in that.
They want to know exactly how America and Britain encrypt and decrypt secret information.
“Codebreakers are the top targets of every secret service,” he said.
Full article: Edward Snowden was targeted by Russian spies 6 years BEFORE he exposed US secrets (Mirror)