25 November 2014. Add 72 pages (65 + 7 duplicates of following entry)
to Netzpolitik. Tally now *2,564 pages of The Guardian first reported 58,000
files; caveat: Janine Gibson, The Guardian NY,
said on 30 January
2014 "much more than 58,000 files in first part, two more parts" (no
numbers) (tally now less than ~4.3%). DoD claims 1,700,000 files (~.015%
of that released). ACLU lists 525 pages released by the press. However, if
as The Washington Post reported, a minimum of 250,000 pages are
in the Snowden files, then less than 1% have been released. Note Greenwald
claim on 13 September 2014 of having "hundreds of thousands" of
25 November 2014. Add 7 pages to Süddeutsche Zeitung.
17 November 2014, charts by Cryptome:
6 November 2014. At current rate of release it will take 31 to
908 years for full disclosure.
10 October 2014. Add 69 pages to The Intercept.
17 September 2014. Add 2 pages to The Intercept.
14 September 2014. Add 68 pages to Der Spiegel.
13 September 2014. In video Glenn Greenwald claims to have
"hundreds of thousands" of documents (at 9:06 min)
5 September 2014. Add 32 pages to The Intercept.
Tally now *2,293 pages of The Guardian first reported 58,000 files; caveat:
Janine Gibson, The Guardian NY, said on 30 January 2014 "much more than 58,000
files in first part, two more parts" (no numbers) (tally now less than ~3.5%).
DoD claims 1,700,000 files (~.012% of that released). ACLU lists 525
pages released by the press. However, if as The Washington Post
reported, a minimum of 250,000 pages are in the Snowden files, then
less than 1% have been released.
31 August 2014. Add 34 pages to Der Spiegel.
25 August 2014. Add 55 pages to The Intercept.
16 August 2014. Add 26 pages to Heise.
12 August 2014. Add 6 pages to The Intercept.
5 August 2014. Add 12 pages to The Intercept.
4 August 2014. Add 23 pages to The Intercept.
25 July 2014. Add 4 pages to The Intercept.
14 July 2014. Add 8 pages to The Intercept.
14 July 2014. "I'm as mad as hell and I'm not going to take this anymore!"
Cryptome has sent a demand for accounting and public release specifics
to holders of the Snowden documents: New York Times, Washington Post,
The Guardian, Barton Gellman, Laura Poitrias, Glenn Greenwald,
ACLU, EFF and John and Jane Does, US Citizens:
11 July 2014. See related essay, Open the Snowden Files, Krystian
Woznicki, 11July 2014:
11 July 2014. @PaulMD notes this
in the Washington Post, 11 July 2014:
We did not have an official NSA list of targets. We had to find them in the
pile ourselves. Soltani, an independent researcher, did most of the heavy
lifting on that. Because the information was not laid out in rows and columns,
the way it might be in a spreadsheet, Soltani wrote computer code to extract
what we were looking for from something like a quarter-million pages of
If a minimum of 250,000 pages are in the Snowden files, then less than 1%
have been released.
9 July 2014. Add 8 pages to The Intercept.
9 July 2014. Add 1 page to Washington Post.
23 June 2014. Add 9 pages to Der Spiegel.
22 June 2014. Add 41 pages to Information-The Intercept.
Revised. This is included in entry above. 18 June 2014.
20 pages to The Intercept.
18 June 2014. Add 200 pages to Der Spiegel.
16 June 2014. Add 4 pages to Der Spiegel.
1 June 2014. Add 4 pages to New York Times.
23 May 2014. Cryptome placed online No Place to Hide, 310 pages,
to compensate for failure to release Snowden documents:
19 May 2014. The Intercept released 12 pages.
13 May 2014. Glenn Greenwald released 107 pages, some new, some previously
published, some full pages, some page fragments.
5 May 2014. Related tally of redactions of Snowden releases:
30 April 2014. Add 19 pages to The Intercept.
30 April 2014. Add 2 pages to Dagbladet belatedly.
5 April 2014. Add 21 pages to The Intercept.
4 April 2014. ACLU offers NSA documents search:
If more lists please send: cryptome[at]earthlink.net
2 April 2014.
29 March 2014. Add 1 page to Der Spiegel.
22 March 2014. Add 3 pages to Der Spiegel.
22 March 2014. Add 2 pages to New York Times.
21 March 2014. Add 7 pages to Le Monde.
20 March 2014. Add 6 pages to The Intercept.
18 March 2014. Add 4 pages to Washington Post.
13 March 2014. Add 1 page to The Intercept.
12 March 2014. Add 35 pages to The Intercept.
12 March 2014. Add 62 pages to New York Times. Add 2 pages to NRC
7 March 2014. Add 8 pages to The Intercept.
27 February 2014. Add 3 pages to Guardian.
25 February 2014. Add 11 pages to NBC News.
24 February 2014. Add 4 pages to The Intercept.
24 February 2014. Add *50 pages to The Intercept (7 pages are duplicates
of GCHQ Psychology).
18 February 2014. Add *45 pages to The Intercept (37 pages are duplicates
of release by NBC News).
Note: Between 10-17 February 2014, The Intercept disclosed fragments of Snowden
pages and the New York Times referenced some but as far as known did
not release them in full. If available please send link.
10 February 2014. Add 1 page to NRC Handelsblad (via Electrospaces.blogspot.com).
7 February 2014. Add 15 pages NBC News.
5 February 2014. Add 14 pages NBC News.
31 January 2014. Add 27 pages to CBC News.
27 January 2014. Add 47 pages to NBC News.
27 January 2014. Add 18 pages to Anonymous via New York Times.
16 January 2014. Add 8 pages to The Guardian.
* 14 January 2014. Add 21 pages to Information.dk (duplicate).
* 13 January 2014. Add 4 pages to Information.dk (duplicate).
Related Snowden Document and Page Count Assessment:
* 5 January 2014. Add 16 pages to Der Spiegel (30 December 2013. No source
given for NSA docs). Tally now *962 pages (~1.7%) of reported 58,000. NSA
head claims 200,000 (~.50% of that released).
4 January 2014. The source was not identified for *133 pages published
by Der Spiegel and Jacob Appelbaum in late December 2013. They are included
here but have not been confirmed as provided by Edward Snowden. Thanks to
Glenn Greenwald tweeted:
Glenn Greenwald @ggreenwald, 8:05 AM - 29 Dec 13
@Cryptomeorg @ioerror I had no involvement in that Spiegel article, ask them
- and they don't say those are Snowden docs.
Matt Blaze tweeted, 11:24 AM - 2 Jan 14
matt blaze @mattblaze
If there are other sources besides Snowden, I hope journalists getting docs
are careful to authenticate them (& disclose uncertainty).
3 January 2014. Add 13 pages to Washington Post.
3 January 2014. See also EFF, ACLU and LeakSource accounts:
2 January 2014. Add 1 page to Washington Post published 10 July 2013.
* 31 December 2013. Add 16 pages to Der Spiegel.
* 30 December 2013. Add 50 pages of NSA ANT Catalog by Jacob Appelbaum (no
source given for NSA docs).
* 30 December 2013. Add 21 pages from 30C3 video by Jacob Appelbaum (no source
given for NSA docs).
* 30 December 2013. Add 42 pages (8 duplicates) to Der Spiegel (no source
given for NSA docs).
* 29 December 2013. Add 4 pages to Der Spiegel (no source given for NSA docs).
24 December 2013. Add 2 pages to Washington Post.
23 December 2013
We've yet to see the full impact of former National Security Agency contractor
Edward Snowden's unauthorized downloading of highly classified intelligence
Among the roughly 1.7 million documents he walked away with -- the vast majority
of which have not been made public -- are highly sensitive, specific intelligence
reports, as well as current and historic requirements the White House has
given the agency to guide its collection activities, according to a senior
government official with knowledge of the situation.
The latter category involves about 2,000 unique taskings that can run to
20 pages each and give reasons for selective targeting to NSA collectors
and analysts. These orders alone may run 31,500 pages.
13 December 2013. Add 26 pages to Trojkan (SVT). Tally now 797 pages (~1.4%)
of reported 58,000. NSA head claims 200,000 (~.40% of that released). Australia
press reports "up to 20,000 Aussie files."
Rate of release over 6 months, 132.8 pages per month, equals 436 months to
release 58,000, or 36.3 years. Thus the period of release has decreased in
the past month from 42 years.
12 December 2013. Belatedly add 27 pages to Guardian and 18 pages to Washington
21 November 2013. See also EFF and ACLU accounts:
3 November 2013
47 42 Years to Release Snowden Documents
Out of reported 50,000 pages (or files, not clear which), about
446 514 pages ( >1% 1%) have been released
over 5 months beginning June 5, 2012. At this rate, 89 100
pages per month, it will take 47 42 years for full release.
Snowden will be 77 72 years old, his reporters hoarding
secrets all dead.
Times, 3 November 2013:
Whatever reforms may come, Bobby R. Inman, who weathered his own turbulent
period as N.S.A. director from 1977 to 1981, offers his hyper-secret former
agency a radical suggestion for right now. My advice would be to take
everything you think Snowden has and get it out yourself, he said.
It would certainly be a shock to the agency. But bad news doesnt
get better with age. The sooner they get it out and put it behind them, the
faster they can begin to rebuild.
Timeline of releases:
[See tabulation below for full timeline.]
5 October 2013
26 Years to Release Snowden Docs by The Guardian
Out of reported 15,000 pages, The Guardian has published 192 pages in fourteen
releases over four months, an average of 48 pages per month, or 1.28% of
the total. At this rate it will take 26 years for full release.
Edward Snowden will be 56 years old.
Glenn Greenwald will be 72.
Laura Poitras will be 75.
Alan Rusbridger will be 86.
Barton Gellman will be 78.
Julian Assange will be 68.
Chelsea Manning will be 52.
Keith Alexander will be 88.
Barack Obama will be 78.
Daniel Ellsberg will be 108.
This author will be 103.