**Edward Snowden attacks Russia over human rights and hacking **
Robin McKie and Benjamin LeeSaturday 10 September 2016 15.58 EDT
Last modified on Saturday 10 September 2016 16.11 EDT
The US whistleblower Edward Snowden has attacked his Russian protectors by criticising the Kremlin’s human rights record and suggesting that its officials have been involved in hacks on US security networks.
NSA whistleblower says Moscow’s online monitoring of citizens is unnecessary, costly and corrosive of rights
His outburst came in an interview in the Financial Times with Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian, which published the initial Snowden revelations. Snowden said Moscow had “gone very far, in ways that are completely unnecessary, costly and corrosive to individual and collective rights” in monitoring citizens online.
He described last month’s leak of top-secret National Security Agency espionage tools as an implicit threat to the US government, potentially by Russia…