Readers are seeing a new side of Edward Snowden, this time on the cover of WIRED magazine’s September issue, where the National Security Agency leaker cradles an American flag.
In the story, Snowden describes to WIRED’s James Bamford an NSA program called MonsterMind, designed to prevent foreign cyber attacks and automatically fire back at the source of those attacks, without any human action. He argues the program could also be the biggest invasion of privacy known.
“You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?” he asks.
In the story, Snowden says MonsterMind is the ultimate threat to privacy because the NSA would have to access all private communications coming into U.S. citizens from foreign countries.