Now that Comrade Snowden might’ve run out of material, his usefulness to the Soviets could’ve just ended. When you’re no longer useful to the Kremlin you’re likely going to be disposed of. This is not to wish any harm on him or for anything to happen, but it’s how they operate. Once the ‘useful idiots’ have served their purpose, they are eliminated.
On another note, it’s also important to keep in mind he could’ve very well been a Russian agent all along. You don’t collect and transfer 1.7 million files for a simple espionage assignment. You have to be one of them to create such extensive damage. This might even give China and Russia additional critical information on other European agencies working with both their U.S. and British counterparts.
Expect a lot of revelations soon to be coming out of the Russian propaganda outlets such as Russia Today.
There’s also a 99.9% certainty he just cost thousands of American and British lives.
See the following posts for further information on Snowden:
London (AFP) – Britain has been forced to move some of its spies after Russia and China accessed the top-secret raft of documents taken by former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowden, British media reported.
The BBC and the Sunday Times cited senior government and intelligence officials as saying agents had been pulled, with the newspaper saying the move came after Russia was able to decrypt more than one million files.
“It is the case that Russians and Chinese have information. It has meant agents have had to be moved and that knowledge of how we operate has stopped us getting vital information,” a Downing Street source said, according to the newspaper.
The Sunday Times said other government sources claimed China had also accessed the documents, which reveal US and British intelligence techniques, leading to fears that their spies could be identified.
Snowden worked as a contractor at the CIA and National Security Agency, where he was able to download 1.7 million secret documents that showed how hundreds of millions of people had been under surveillance by the authorities.
He previously claimed that “no intelligence service” could crack the documents, saying he was able to “keep such information from being compromised even in the highest threat counter-intelligence environments”.
But an intelligence source told the Sunday Times: “We know Russia and China have access to Snowden’s material and will be going through it for years to come, searching for clues to identify potential targets.”
An official from the interior ministry added that “(Russian President) Putin didn’t give him asylum for nothing”.
Full article: Britain pulls spies as Moscow cracks Snowden files: reports (Yahoo!)