Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
The 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA’s history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows
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.
Edward Snowden comes forward as source of NSA leaks
“This is significant on a number of fronts: the scope, the range. It’s major, it’s major,” said John Rizzo, a former general counsel of the CIA who worked at the agency for decades. “And then to have him out himself .?.?. I can’t think of any previous leak case involving a CIA officer where the officer raised his hand and said, ‘I’m the guy.’?”
A half-dozen former intelligence officials, including one who now works at Booz Allen Hamilton, said they did not know Snowden or anything about his background. Several former officials said he easily could have been part of a surge in computer experts and technical hires brought in by the CIA in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks as its budget and mission swelled.
NSA Leaker Surfaces in Hong Kong
However, China has been slowly over the years tightening its grip on Hong Kong, by infiltrating communist cadres into the legislature and muzzling the press.
For Chinese intelligence, Snowden would be a gold mine of intelligence on U.S. electronic spying capabilities, a known target of the Ministry of State Security, China’s intelligence service.
US whistleblower should leave Hong Kong: lawmaker
A senior pro-Beijing lawmaker said Monday that US whistleblower Edward Snowden, who is believed to be holed up in Hong Kong after leaking details of a massive secret Internet surveillance programme, should leave the city.
Regina Ip, formerly the city’s top official overseeing security, told reporters the city’s administration was “obliged to comply with the terms of agreements” with the US government, which included the extradition of fugitives.
“It’s actually in his best interest to leave Hong Kong,” she said, adding that she did not know whether the government had yet received an extradition request. “I doubt it will happen so quickly,” she said.
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Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee, said that no country should grant asylum to Snowden, who is believed to be holed up in a Hong Kong hotel.
Snowden reportedly travelled to Hong Kong in mid-May from where he revealed top-secret documents over the NSA’s covert Prism spy programme. The whistleblower, an ex-CIA adviser, did not “expect to see home again,” according to an interview with The Guardian.
Intelligence officials overheard joking about how NSA leaker should be ‘disappeared’ after handing classified documents to press
Foreign policy analyst and editor at large of The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, tweeted about the ‘disturbing’ conversation after listening in to four men who were sitting near him as he waited for a flight at Washington’s Dulles airport.
‘In Dulles UAL lounge listening to 4 US intel officials saying loudly leaker & reporter on #NSA stuff should be disappeared recorded a bit,’ he tweeted at 8:42 a.m. on Saturday.
Military told not to read Obama-scandal news
The notice applies to users of the Air Force NIPRNET (Non-classified Internet Protocol Router Network), which is the only way that many troops stationed overseas and on bases in the U.S. are able to access the Internet.
The last line of the executive summary states:
“Users are not to use AF NIPRNET systems to access the Verizon phone records collection and other related news stories because the action could constitute a Classified Message Incident.”
Cindy McGee, the mother of an airman stationed in the UAE, spoke with WND.
“The fact that our government is attempting to censor our service members from the truth of what is happening here at home is truly frightening and disheartening,” said McGee.
- Editor-at-large of The Atlantic Steve Clemons tweeted the ‘disturbing’ discussion after overhearing it at Washington’s Dulles airport on Saturday
- The four men were speaking loudly and ‘almost bragging’
- They said both the leaker and Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald, who broke the story, should be ‘disappeared’
- Comes after National Intelligence director James R Clapper defended the surveillance programs for keeping America safe
- NSA filed criminal report with Justice Dept. in relation to leaks to The Guardian and The Washington Post