Unfortunately, endpoint security is so terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it. -Edward Snowden
Would it be safe to assume that every popular linux distro out there has a backdoor in it that got there by people connected to US intelligence?
I think probably most of them yes, purely logically speaking that is, though I also immediately logically assume that these are kept secret from even private intelligence contractors like Stratfor and that only highest levels in US intelligence have access to them and only as last resort for only important matters as it risks the backdoor being discovered.
In other words I assume rich people can't buy access to such backdoors or their data.
Following that logic... what OS's or linux distro's are safe, not from high level US intelligence, but from leaking to the rest of the world from lower clearance US Int. and Hackers?
A good example being free of vulnerabilities whose data collection has low clearance within US intelligence, which is accessed and leaked potentially too easily trough their incompetent contractors as pointed out by Edward Snowden among his reasons to reveal prism.
The purpose is for receiving, sending and storing mail on a mini laptop that will only be used for that purpose and perhaps also used to boot Lightweight Portable Security (LPS) to access only paypal.com and my bank's website.