Edward Snowden’s theft of files, whatever good it accomplished in igniting a national conversation on surveillance, also opened the door to more aggressive Russian intrusions in cyberspace. How could it not? According to the unanimous report of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, Snowden removed digital copies of 1.5 million files; 900,000 of them originated not with the NSA but Department of Defense documents, and concerned, among other things, the newly created joint Cyber Command.
Edward Jay Epstein received his PhD at Harvard under James Q. Wilson. He has taught government at MIT and UCLA and is the author of 16 books, including News from Nowhere, Inquest: The Warren Commission and the Establishment of Truth, and The Annals of Cinema. His latest book is How America Lost Its Secrets: Edward Snowden, the Man and the Theft.
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