BREAKING: NSA Whistleblower Outs Himself

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Holy Guacamole!

Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance

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 America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world’s 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.”

Shit, meet Fan.

Being a government whistle blower is like using a gun to defend yourself. You always run the risk that a jury might not agree with you about the necessity of what you did.

Regardless of what you might think of Mr. Snowden’s actions, life as he knows it is now over. He’s gonna get put through a wringer and run down a rathole. What kinda shape he’ll be in when this is over remains to be seen.


UPDATE: Video:


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91 Responses to BREAKING: NSA Whistleblower Outs Himself

  1. myiq2xu says:

    I really don’t understand the concept that it’s okay to break the law if you don’t agree with it. Civil disobedience is still lawbreaking.

    OTOH, Greenwald and his employer should not face criminal charges.

    • fif says:

      I’m surprised to hear you say that. Sometimes that is the only way to provoke change – Rosa Parks, Ghandi, MLK Jr. That to me is the highest form of courage, because they choose principle over self-interest.

      • DeniseVB says:

        To me, giving up a 200k salary is a form of courage too, especially in ObamaWorld 😉

        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.”

        Never saw such “sacriifice” in OWSworld 😀

      • To say it’s law-breaking is not to say it’s not deserving of respect. And plenty of those who’ve engaged in civil disobedience have had to face the justice system over the breaking of that law, including every single person on your list.

        • wmcb says:

          This. ^ The very fact that they had to break the law to be heard is often what led to the changing of those very laws. That’s the whole point of civil disobedience. It’s not consequence-free.

    • 1539days says:

      Before Omerica, we used to have laws protecting those who spoke out against government wrongdoing.

    • Kim says:

      …because, as we all know, all laws are good and just. Corrupt politicians have never passed bad laws. So just shut up and buck up or else get f*cked up, I guess?

  2. fif says:

    Wow. Courage. How refreshing.

  3. myiq2xu says:
  4. DeniseVB says:

    Perhaps Mr. Snowden will enable others to come out. Starting to feel like “us” against “them” ?

  5. myiq2xu says:
  6. SHV says:

    “myiq2xu, on June 9, 2013 at 11:53 am said:

    I really don’t understand the concept that it’s okay to break the law if you don’t agree with it. Civil disobedience is still lawbreaking.”
    *******
    “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
    *****
    “And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.”

    High treason was about as “lawbreaking” as it got in the 18th century.

    • myiq2xu says:

      They understood they were risking everything. Many of them lost that bet.

      Nowadays people think you should be able to defy the government and not have to face any consequences.

  7. lisadawn82 says:

    God bless him. He’s going to need it.

  8. myiq2xu says:

    Snowden said that he admires both Ellsberg and Manning, but argues that there is one important distinction between himself and the army private, whose trial coincidentally began the week Snowden’s leaks began to make news.

    “I carefully evaluated every single document I disclosed to ensure that each was legitimately in the public interest,” he said. “There are all sorts of documents that would have made a big impact that I didn’t turn over, because harming people isn’t my goal. Transparency is.”

    • wmcb says:

      Guardian even redacted some stuff within the document he did hand over. It’s pretty clear this wasn’t just a “Nyah nyah, screw the govt!” mindless document dump, who cares who gets hurt.

      And BTW, this guy may turn out to be either very flawed (almost certain) or total asshole. That doesn’t make me any less concerned about what has been revealed about my govt.

      Deep Throat had a petty grudge because he got passed over for the FBI post. He was a dick. I’m still glad he did what he did.

      • DeniseVB says:

        There’s stuff brewing at DHS too, trouble is nobody wants to give up their 6 digit salaries, most who live in the DC area with young families. Even if they’re RIGHT, they can’t afford the legal battle, so they sit, sit, keep their mouths shut and suffer.

      • myiq2xu says:

        If Mark Felt had been caught he would have been arrested and fired.

  9. HELENK says:

    God Bless Him for Standing Up and Shouting Out.
    I am sure he will pay a heavy price for doing so. Our forefathers would be Proud.
    I pledge my life, my fortune and my sacred honor are not just words

  10. myiq2xu says:
  11. driguana says:

    So he says he’s done nothing wrong and Lois Lerner says she’s done nothing wrong. Who’s right?

  12. wmcb says:

    Aaaand the neocons are now working hard on the tribal feelings of the sensible cons. See, he was an Obama voter, so likely up to something nefarious, so now all your outrage is moot.

    *eyeroll*

  13. myiq2xu says:
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  15. foxyladi14 says:

    Well my Grandma used to say about a stain.

    It will all come out in the Wash. 🙂

    • Lulu says:

      But there will still be a pogrom to root out the disloyal. They have the infrastructure set up so it would be a shame not to use it.

  16. myiq2xu says:

    POST UPDATED WITH VIDEO

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  19. wmcb says:

    Sooper is da bomb:

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  22. votermom says:

    I tweeted this & took a nap, woke up to this story. Poor WH.LOL

  23. foxyladi14 says:

    OMG!!! What next??? 🙄

  24. 1539days says:

    Snowden’s motives are irrelevant. What he did was choose the time he was revealed and took away the investigatory club the White House uses to spy on reporters. When the administration goes harder than anyone ever has, the leakers get smarter and more powerful.

    Superheroes create supervillians.

  25. ecoast says:

    Rep. Elijah Cummings: NSA case closed. We found the guy.

  26. klickerz says:

    I guess we can now look forward to Snowden being accused of rape and that will give many people a reason to dismiss his revelations.

  27. THIS QUOTE from Snowden is chilling ” “they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behaviour in the world known to them”.

    WTF????

    • 1539days says:

      That’s not surprising at all. Most of the government doesn’t believe in mental rights, only physical ones. They’ll offer you free houses, health care and entertainment all day long, but self expression and self determination is dangerous because it’s unpredictable.

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  29. westcoaster says:

    I read that Snowden broke both of his legs in a training accident in the military.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_snowden

  30. driguana says:

    Don’t think this will make the scandal category but it sure is an embarrassment…although I think my girlfriend might want one for her bathroom…
    http://weaselzippers.us/2013/06/09/president-obamas-gift-to-visiting-chinese-president-xi-a-pink-bench/#disqus_thread

  31. yttik says:

    “I really don’t understand the concept that it’s okay to break the law if you don’t agree with it. Civil disobedience is still lawbreaking…”

    You surprised me with that too, myiq. I guess I believe that there are morals, ethics…. and then there is the law. It’s lovely when they all mesh together, but in real life it doesn’t always work that way.

    • myiq2xu says:

      I admire the people who break the law as a matter of conscience, knowing full well there will be a price to pay. The OWS crowd was shocked when they intentionally broke the law and then got arrested.

  32. HELENK says:

    there is a difference between the Law and Justice

  33. Jadzia says:

    I am just throwing this out there bc I really admire what this man did. It is odd, though, that he sounds significantly more articulate than I would expect a tech guy with only a GED to be. Additionally, he sounds like he originally had a Texas accent — not at all like he is from New Jersey. Strange.

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