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Published On: Fri, May 30th, 2014

Edward Snowden confirms NSA, other intel agencies can access your phone, even when it’s off

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden confirmed what many sources have stated: the NSA can not only listen to your cell phone call, they can actually access your phone even when it’s turned off.

In an exclusive interview with NBC News’ Brian Williams, Snowden elaborated on some of the revelations made in the leaked documents that rocked the nation last year.

Edward Snowden addressing audience at SXSW via Skype

Edward Snowden addressing audience at SXSW via Skype

“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.”

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

When asked by Williams if the 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 also defended himself against critics who allege he has ties with Russia or the country’s president, 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.”

He said he “never intended to end up in Russia.” Instead, he claims the U.S. revoked his passport before his flight from Russia to “Cuba onwards to Latin America,” stranding him in Russia.

He made it clear that he would like to return to the United States, saying he misses his family, friends and even his old job.

 

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