Former CIA Technical Assistant is the Source of NSA Leaks

Posted by on Jun 09, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Another shoe drops.

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.

Bradley Manning? Let’s not get stupid here.

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.”

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3 Responses to “Former CIA Technical Assistant is the Source of NSA Leaks”

  1. WF Posey on 9/09/13 at 5:34 pm

    Imbecile. You appear to be a stunted, rather remarkably stupid human being, without a good reason. A talking toilet without grace, insight or intelligence, a hack in other words carrying water for the flatulent and clueless. I suspect there is not a single mirror in your house. No one believes you can face reason, or yourself. You are a chain puller on the toilet that inspires and guides the right. And not even an original one at that.