For the past week, the Guardian and Washington Post have been reporting on some extraordinary revelations about previously secret massive NSA surveillance programs that invade the privacy of both Americans and those abroad. On Sunday, the whistleblower and source to the stories about the PRISM surveillance program revealed himself as 29-year-old Edward Snowden. This is his story, in his own words.
Edward Snowden: Russia offers to consider asylum request
Russia has offered to consider an asylum request from the US whistleblower Edward Snowden, in the Kremlin’s latest move to woo critics of the west.
Snowden fled the United States before leaking the details of a top-secret US surveillance programme to the Guardian this month. He is currently believed to be in Hong Kong, but has reportedly changed hotels to keep his location secret.
‘It will be considered’: Russia hints that Putin may grant political asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden
Russia today hinted that Vladimir Putin would grant political asylum to whistleblower Edward Snowden who leaked the American government’s monitoring of phone records and the web.
‘We will take action based on what actually happens. If we receive such a request, it will be considered,’ said the Russian president’s official spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Former CIA undercover operative Snowden’s whereabouts are unknown since he checked out of a hotel in Hong Kong on Monday.
House Speaker John Boehner: NSA Leaker a ‘Traitor’
House Speaker John Boehner today called NSA leaker Edward Snowden a “traitor” who put Americans at risk by releasing classified information to the media.
“He’s a traitor,” the highest ranking Republican in the House of Representatives said in an extensive interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “The disclosure of this information puts Americans at risk. It shows our adversaries what our capabilities are. And it’s a giant violation of the law.”