NSA PRISMGate whistle-blower Edward Snowden isn’t finished yet, as the former CIA operative has made explosive new claims against the global US police state Thursday, revealing evidence to the South China Morning Post in an exclusive interview Thursday that the US government has been hacking Hong Kong and Chinese computer networks since 2009.
As the SCMP reports, Snowden specifically chose Hong Kong as the location and platform to reveal criminality in the US gov’t, stating that the PRISM program he exposed last week extends to Hong Kong and mainland China:
“People who think I made a mistake in picking HK as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice, I am here to reveal criminality,” he said.
Snowden said that according to unverified documents seen by the Post, the NSA had been hacking computers in Hong Kong and on the mainland since 2009.
Snowden provided new details in exactly how the NSA hacks into Chinese systems- through massive network backbones, allowing the stasi to hack into hundreds of thousands of computers at a time:
One of the targets in the SAR, according to Snowden, was Chinese University and public officials, businesses and students in the city. The documents also point to hacking activity by the NSA against mainland targets.
Snowden believed there had been more than 61,000 NSA hacking operations globally, with hundreds of targets in Hong Kong and on the mainland.
“We hack network backbones – like huge internet routers, basically – that give us access to the communications of hundreds of thousands of computers without having to hack every single one,” he said.
“Last week the American government happily operated in the shadows with no respect for the consent of the governed, but no longer. Every level of society is demanding accountability and oversight.”
We can’t wait to see China’s response to the news that the US government has been routinely hacking and monitoring (likely all) Chinese communications since 2009.