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…

Once he reached the conclusion that the NSA’s surveillance net would soon be irrevocable, he said it was just a matter of time before he chose to act. “What they’re doing” poses “an existential threat to democracy”, he said.

“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…”

…After the intense political controversy he has already created with just the first week’s haul of stories, “I feel satisfied that this was all worth it. I have no regrets.”

I suggest watching the video interview all the way through. Many questions you would expect – are answered.

  1. bobbo, in Repose says:

    Some guy on tv said something interesting: keeping secrets makes a government lazy and incompetent. I hadn’t thought of that aspect before. Ha, ha. The truth in that observation should be data mined for the value of that perspective.

    So many issues all mixed up and conflated with one another. Feelings more than facts. Fears more than reality.

    jp stumbles on a good question above: with PRISM in place, how come the Pressure Cooker Bombs in Boston of recent events?==WITH the added sore point of the Russians giving us specific warnings. Evidence that EVERYTHING IS HYPED??? — or that we need better algorithms? What is that Jeopardy Computer thinking about these days other than medical diagnoses?

    Massive data pools and artificial computer intelligence only get you so far. In the end, its feet on the ground, knuckles on your front door. The human interaction.

    Pro’s and Con’s to all we do.

    jpfitz, and others of like mind, DU–this very forum and thread “ought to be” a proper place for “extended exchanges of honest views” but the history is that few threads last more than 2-3 days. I don’t know why. ADD?

    Perhaps you will find what you want at a Dvorak sister site CAGE MATCH were some discussions will go on for a week or more. Core group right now of 4-5 with 4-5 less active.

    For what its worth:,11065.0.html

  2. pedro says:

    A big round of applause for the Bobbo monologue!!!!!!

  3. Taxed Enough Already Dude says:

    Destroying cash, forcing all to buy and sell electronically will complete the circle.

  4. Accremonious says:

    Now for sake of argument, and mental exercise, extrapolate this all into a future where cell phones are no longer needed because a micro chip is implanted into the mastoid bone at birth! Your thoughts will no longer be private, and you can’t turn the phone off! [I will be dead and decomposed by that time, thanx to this Universe!]

  5. Glenn E. says:

    Here’s a thought I question that I know, no one else has thought to ask. Because I just searched for it here and nothing came up.

    How come this “whistle blower” didn’t feel he could go to any of the domestic US newspapers, or media? But instead, could only trust the UK’s Guardian, to print what he had to say? To me, this sounds very bad, for the US’s freedom of speech. Because apparently, he know these papers no long have the guts they once had, back in the 1970s. I’m sure, after the exposed Nixon’s actions. The looses got tighten around all of domestic media’s collective necks. Either that, or the failure of DoJ to enforce any kind of anti-trust laws, has allowed politically sympathetic monopolists, to take over US newspapers and broadcast networks. And they’re all mostly on board with these Big Brother activities. Just as Hitler himself, had the support of big German industrialists.