Skip to comments.NSA Leaker Comes Forward: ‘I Know I Have Done Nothing Wrong’
Posted on 06/09/2013 12:16:55 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather
A 29-year-old former CIA worker and current defense contractor employee has come forward as the source of the National Security Agency leaks to The Guardian newspaper:
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell.
The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong, he said.
Snowden will go down in history as one of Americas most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the worlds most secretive organisations the NSA.
In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.
Read the full report in The Guardian.
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It said in the article he selected documents and gave them to journos to decide what is appropriate. Not sure which docs he specifically meant. Stated that the public should decide the direction this should take.
he had channels open to him to communicate his distress. he put me at risk instead. i am not just sharpening the guillotine, i’m preparing the plastic shredding machine!
You don’t seem to understand how these warrant things work.
One warrant could be for “All the Verizon call data from February to June 2012”.
That’s just one warrant, but how many millions of phones? how many billions of phone calls?
But hey, just one warrant so it doesn’t seem so huge.
Morality and ethics of this leak aside, it confirms for me that the biggest threat to my life, liberty and pursuit of happiness on earth ever is the US government.
he says they got warrants. i'm certainly going to accept his claims above that of a 29 year old traitor and spy for the Chicoms.
Sorry, but he's right up there with the Bengazi SEALs, in my book...
They won't NEED a warrant to ruin your life, and for a lot of people who are NOT guilty of any crimes, ruining their life will be punishment enough for opposing The One.
It ain't me ~ it's the phone company. It's never taken more than one warrant to get ALL the connections for a given period.
Congresscritters are responsible for WAY more secret stuff going to the chicoms than this peon.
Who was that guy? Some unpatriotic neonazi?
I don’t think China will touch him. He actually gave the Premier a five-star moment in Palm Springs. Whenever the President brought up cyber warfare....the Premier just grinned and said his people were being gleened for phone-calls and email....any action by his folks was simply in retaliation for what the NSA was conducting.
This guy will quietly find a Chinese businessman one day...who will offer him a job, and a safe situation in China. He will never step foot on US soil ever again.
India, who does not cow tow to any one. Remember India stayed steadfastly neutral during the cold war. And he can disappear among the hundreds of thousands of Americans, British and others living in India. Hong Kong is too dangerous because China is brutal & ruthless.
It was a lot of fun actually. Apparently someone high up ~ a Democrat to be specific ~ thought I was some sort of risk for having attempted to collect union cards.
He’s a spy for China? Don’t forget Russia and Israel! And Iran!
And don’t forget that he has been spying on US citizens for the US government for years!
In a court of law, hypotheticals are disallowed. Further, what you have offered me is a Hobson's Choice, in which both options are unacceptable.
I will humor you anyways.
I couldn't break my oath. My integrity is vital to my entire life.
I would IMMEDIATELY quit in protest, IMMEDIATELY relocate to another country, and IMMEDIATELY renounce my citizenship. I would even try to thwart the plot.
But I would not defy my oath of secrecy.
See the difference? I would forever work against such an evil government; I would warn the world about her. But I would not betray MYSELF by breaking an oath. Yes, people would die. That, I would have to live with, and it would be VERY tough.
I will work strenously to avoid ever being placed in this Hobsons Choice of a position. I can understand someone making a different choice than I would.
So, you said you aren’t worried because they need a warrant, and now you say you know they just need one warrant to get all information about everyone’s call.
You do not see any problems with this? This is supposed to make me feel all warm and fuzzy?
From The Bourne Ultimatum:
CIA Deputy Director Noah Vosen - “Our target is a British national - Simon Ross, a reporter. I want all his phones, his BlackBerry, his apartment, his car, bank accounts, credit cards, travel patterns - I want to know what he’s going to think before he does. Every dirty little secret he has, and most of all we want the name and real-time location of his source. This is NSA priority level 4. Any questions?”
Believe what you want. He decided we were expendable.
If they say they have warrants to surveil the entire United States of America, I will be most interested in seeing them. Produce them.
They probably can do it ~ but if they say they have a warrant for telephonic connectivity information for a certain period that warrant will have come from a FISA court. So, prove that’s not what they had.
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