Laptops Snowden took to Hong Kong, Russia were a 'diversion'
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The four laptop computers that former US spy contractor Edward Snowden carried with him to Hong Kong and Moscow were a "diversion" and contained no secrets, according to an ex-CIA official who met with Snowden in Russia this week.
The classified documents that Snowden had downloaded from the US National Security Agency were stored on smaller devices, such as hard drives and thumb drives, and they have not been turned over to the Russian or Chinese authorities, said Mr Ray McGovern, a former Central Intelligence Agency analyst.
On Wednesday, Snowden held a six-hour meeting in Moscow with Mr McGovern and three other former US intelligence and law enforcement officials who have all become critics of government surveillance programs.
Snowden, 30, is living in a secret location in Russia, beyond the reach of US authorities who want him on espionage charges because he leaked the details of top-secret electronic spying programmes to the media.