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  • Edward Snowden Revealed What the NSA Can Do With Your Phone… Even if It’s Turned Off

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    In a wide-ranging interview on NBC News with Brian Williams, Former National Security Agency contractor-turned-fugitive Edward Snowden says the U.S. Government has the capability to remotely turn on a targeted cellphone. Then, allegedly that same cell phone could be secretly activated to broadcast from the device’s camera and microphone.

    Snowden, who worked as a systems analyst on behalf of the the NSA, downloaded intelligence documents and leaked them to journalists. The documents revealed, among other things, that the U.S. Government was collecting bulk phone and email data on American citizens. Snowden maintains he took action because he felt the American people had the right to know about the surveillance programs.

    “The NSA, the Russian intelligence service, the Chinese intelligence service, any intelligence service in the world that has significant funding and a real technological research team can own that phone… as soon as you turn it on, it can be theirs,” Snowden said. “They can turn it into a microphone, they can take pictures from it, they can take data off of it.”

    However, he did clarify that such surveillance is “typically done on a targeted basis.”

    When asked by Williams if the U.S. government could turn on a phone remotely if it’s off, Snowden said “yes.” He answered the same way when asked if they can turn on apps or access Google history.

    Snowden clarified a question that many people have about his interaction with other governments, denying any connection to the Russian government or Vladimir Putin.

    “I have no relationship with the Russian government, I’ve never met the Russian president. I’m not supported by the Russian government. I’m not taking money from the Russian government,” Snowden said. “I’m not a spy, which is the real question.”

    Snowden said during his travels the U.S. revoked his passport, which left him stranded for a while in Russia.

    The rest of the interview is available at NBC News’ website.

    Do you believe Snowden? Does the government regularly turn on cell phones to spy on people, and is Snowden really not working on behalf of foreign governments?

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