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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I do not consider it any sort of problem to tap all the phones in the world ~ but by gum if they want to do it to my phone they need a warrant. Snowdon's revelations help only the foreigners who would kill me in my bed.
What data does he have in a lockbox somewhere in the world. Would that be enough to keep him alive? Pelecan Brief?
Stop it. You are being egregiously offensive.
Do not claim you were more victimized than someone else by 9/11.
That is a disgusting tack to take.
Laz, so let’s say you came across classified docs that revealed in the next month a high profile “faked” terrorist attack would be set off in NYC (or pick a city) where 100s would die and untold severe injuries would also result.
Thereafter, the Gov would enact more severe restrictions on freedom via laws, you wouldn’t leak?
If that sickens you tell it to your buddies in AlQaida ~ until they are all dead and in their pig fat graves I"m going to think there's a war still on.
They did it.
Without a warrant.
Still cool with the actions of our government?
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.
You're joking, right? Please tell me you're joking about this. You are talking about the United States government, right?
Do you know how telephone systems work?
I can just imagine what the rest of the world thinks-
The Diaper-heads MUST BE thinking this is their golden opportunity, because we have a Muslim infiltrator in charge...
And the rest of the countries must be freaked out - the most powerful country on the planet is being run by idiots.
I see at least someone understands.
China calls the shots in Hong Kong. They would rename one of their major port cities after this guy and give him the keys to find out everything he knows about NSA operations.
Believe whatever you want ~ but this one is way up there. Although it’s probably impossible in the long run to hide the fact you’ve tapped every channel of communication in the world, this guy didn’t need to be the messenger. Now he must pay the price.
That's what they say now, to justify storing every iota of information on every form of communication and exchange of monies of every person, everywhere, who crosses the paths of their enormous spy cababilities, including citizens of other nations. Within that data load is the potential to persecute any American at any time in the future over fine points of law not even invented yet; because the storage facilities they are building intend to save every scrap of info about every person who uses any form of electronic communication whatsoever in perpetuity. You buy an hour with a hooker in 2013; in 2053 you are a Senator, and the system is hacked by a political opponent who, if he or she cannot unseat you outright, at least can sow disgrace into your 45-year-long marriage and humiliate your grandchildren.
The law of unintended consequences applies here. Birth control was sold to the public as an aid for married couples to space their children out and not have too many mouths to feed. But it led inexorably to what we now have: an epidemic of fatherless children, children of divorce, sexually and emotionally abused children, a holocaust of abortions, the destruction of a legally-supported culture of marriage and the natural family, and even the rise of the gay rights agenda, enabled by the foregoing destruction. Likewise with Social Security, Federal Income Tax, and a host of other programs "helped" by Big Government and the Supreme Court. They start out with laudable goals -- or so the public is led to believe. They end up costing everyone more money every year and entrapping more and more people in a web of deceit and inescapable annulment of their Constitutional rights and even fundamental human rights in a fog of regulation and government sleight of hand.
I fail to believe a 29yr old with 4 years experience has been given the keys to the kingdom.
Or knows the same information given to the senators in their briefings.
Look at all the damage done to national security during the Clinton administration. He didn’t do that by himself. And it sure wasn’t peons selling Loral’s info to the chicoms.
God, preserve me, when I am old, from taking sarcasm seriously and living in the past and making a fool of myself and revealing it online (with reference to the post numbered below).
Proving a negative is impossible, and you well know that. The burden is on you to prove the positive assertion.
And you know this -- how?
Well and Manning was a hero.
I pray for the guy’s safety - he has real balls, defending the oath to the constitution to defend our rights from “enemies domestic.” The oath Obama has spit on. The oath our Senators laugh at.
Between the tyranny of the IRS - the fully communist/socialist bureaucratic monster the government has become - and the many political usurpations of our rights - at least one man has said, ‘no more.’
Anyone with the courage to go against these monsters has my respect!
We all can talk a big game about being defiant (from the safety of our computers), but this man had the courage to do something - and he may actually die for it - if they can get ahold of him.
Does anyone else out there have that real courage, or are they on the couch watching ‘dancing with the stars.’ I hope to get my courage back from this man’s example.
Except, the most unpardonable of sins, made ObOzO look bad.
Snowden sounds like one of his generation who was attracted to Ron Paul, liking neither Bush nor Obama nor Romney, etc. Sounds more like Ellsberg than Manning. Whether in the end he did a good think remain to be seen. It’s not as if we didn’t suspect what was going on, but this just confirms it.
How much you wanna bet he is NOT in Hong Kong? That part, I imagine, is purely diversionary or they’d have nabbed him in a NY minute. TMI
He’s a “traitor” but Bradley Manning is a patriot. Only in LibWorld.
They’ll say that it’s “not optimal.”
I wonder if the NSA used PRISM to listen in on Justice John Roberts to get information to compell Roberts decision on the Affordable Health Care. It was well within the reach of anyone who might control PRISMS. There is no end to the blackmail which would be possible....get rich obtaining insider information, tap judges, lawyers, doctors, legislators....You all heard it asked of Holder....can he guarantee legislators are not being surveilled. Where does it end if we have anyone less than an Angel running the government. This intrusiveness is more dangerous than A-bombs. Now, we have Obama...Ask yourself...Is there ANYTHING he says or does which you believe is good for the country. Will he do anything which is not in his interests? I think not. Congress, more than ever, needs to do its oversight job.
That's raw copy from Hassan himself! It is inconceivable that the Post with a dozen reporters working the story out there didn't know about that.
The fact you didn't know that means what?