BREAKING: The NSA surveillance whistleblower has come forward. His name is Edward Snowden and he is a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and a current employee for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He has been working at the NSA for the last four years as an employee for various contractors, the Guardian reports. Some security clearances are going to be revoked as a result of this low-level employee’s actions.
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.”
Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. “I don’t want public attention because I don’t want the story to be about me. I want it to be about what the US government is doing.”
He does not fear the consequences of going public, he said, only that doing so will distract attention from the issues raised by his disclosures. “I know the media likes to personalise political debates, and I know the government will demonise me.”
Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures. “I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in.” He added: “My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.”
He has had “a very comfortable life” that included a salary of roughly $200,000, a girlfriend with whom he shared a home in Hawaii, a stable career, and a family he loves. “I’m willing to sacrifice all of that because I can’t in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.” Source: Guardian
Right, I am sure he’s coming forward because he really cares about what’s happening in this country. Well, let’s see him put his money where his mouth is. Life will not be the same. Edward Snowden is a low-level employee, who chickened out by running to Hong Kong. He should come back and face the music. After all, he’s a hero to many. One more thing, if he’s so upset about horrible America, why run to a Chinese territory?
At least Edward Snowden recognizes that the American government will arrest and prosecute him. He said it himself and if he is so worried about his family, he should have thought twice about turning over classified information to a journalist.
He predicts the government will launch an investigation and “say I have broken the Espionage Act and helped our enemies, but that can be used against anyone who points out how massive and invasive the system has become”.
The only time he became emotional during the many hours of interviews was when he pondered the impact his choices would have on his family, many of whom work for the US government. “The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won’t be able to help any more. That’s what keeps me up at night,” he said, his eyes welling up with tears.
Yeah, he hasn’t started crying yet. Who will get to him first? The Chinese government or the CIA? I am sure his family and his girlfriend will be on the FBI and CIA’s radar. No country should give this man asylum. He should be extradited to the U.S. to face the music.