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The one responsible for the most massive intelligence leak in NSA's history: Edward Snowden

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks USA’s political history is a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton – Edward Snowden. He has been working at the NSA for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell, The Guardian writes.

After days of interviews, The Guardian has revealed his identity following his request. From the moment he decided to reveal numerous top-secret documents to the public, he never intended to remain anonymous. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

The Guardian writes that 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.

According to the latest leaked information, the US institutions have surveillance tapes of millions of phone calls. The institutions also carefully monitor information on the Internet. Representatives of NSA have admitted that the case has ended up in the Department of Justice, where it will be reviewed as a criminal case.

Snowden wrote in a note that was with the first set of documents: “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.”

According to him, he does not want the media spotlight because he fears it would overshadow the things he has revealed: “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 U.S. government is doing.”

After what he has done, he expects the U.S. government to publicly “demonise” him, The Guardian writes.

It should be added that he 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.”

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  1. Josh says:

    This guy is a hero to everyone. A well spoken well educated guy, it took real guts to do what he did. The governments just simply do whatever they want these days, we are all treated like criminals and our civil rights are being taken away on a daily basis.

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