Edward Snowden claims US government is “secretly paying to keep US software unsafe" after Wikileaks Year Zero release

Edward Snowden has explosively claimed the US Government is “secretly paying to keep US software unsafe."

The former National Security Agent made the shocking statement as Wikileak's announced a huge release of confidential documents from the CIA.

As part of its mysterious Year Zero series, the secretive organisation claimed the US Criminal Intelligence Agency has been carrying out a global hacking campaign using smart TVs and mobile phones.

In response, Snowden wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: "Still working through the publication, but what @Wikileaks has here is genuinely a big deal. Looks authentic."

He then added that the program and office names that were revealed in the hack, code-named Vault 7, are real and would only be known by an insider.

That is when he explained just why this latest hack was such a big deal, writing: "If you're writing about the CIA/ @Wikileaks story, here's the big deal: first public evidence USG secretly paying to keep US software.

"The CIA reports show the USG developing vulnerabilities in US products, then intentionally keeping the holes open. Reckless beyond words."