HELSINKI: F-SECURE CHIEF RESEARCHER Mikko Hypponen has slammed US Secretary of State John Kerry for branding Edward Snowden a "coward" and a "traitor," and saying that the US National Security Agency (NSA) document leaker should "man up" and return to the United States from Russia to "make his case".
In not so many words, Hypponen said that Kerry should pipe down and have respect for Snowden after he blew the whistle on the world's largest intelligence agency, the NSA.
"I don't know who the hell John Kerry thinks he is," Hypponen said. "He tells someone who gave it all up to 'man up'. He gave it all away and went on the run to reveal the wrongdoings [of the NSA] by whistleblowing and gave away his life. John Kerry, shut the f*** up!"
In a reaction to an interview Snowden gave to NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, John Kerry, who is United States Secretary of State, told NBC's The Daily Rundown in May that Edward Snowden is "a coward" who "betrayed his country".
Hypponen continued to defend Snowden for his actions, which he described as valiant.
"We should be thankful to Snowden - even though we still don't know his full motivations and everything - it's clear he's done a massive service to us, especially to those who have no rights in the eyes of the surveillance and intelligence agencies," he added.
The F-Secure chief security researcher believes that the problem of intelligence agencies isn't just restricted to the US and that the NSA is able to collect data from countries all over the world because we are all dependant on US services.
"I've been giving a lot of s*** to the US but it's actually a much bigger problem than one country," Hypponen added. "They aren't doing it alone. And for many of these cases we are just giving away our data because we have no alternatives.
"The US is in a unique position to collect the world's data because we keep using American services. Why? Because we have no alternatives. Where are the European search engines, where are the European web servers, or cloud service? There has to be alternatives and we need to be able to provide them." µ