Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor now living in Russia after he passed thousands of secret documents to journalists, has offered fresh revelations in an interview with venerable digital-age magazine Wired.
Appearing in a photograph on the cover, clutching an American flag, Mr. Snowden claims the U.S. electronic intelligence agency has developed a program dubbed MonsterMind to detect incoming digital attacks and then counterattack without instructions from a human operator.
Mr. Snowden points out the potential for international disaster in such a scenario: "These attacks can be spoofed … 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?"
The Wired article, by James Bamford, can be viewed here.