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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower
behind revelations of
NSA surveillance

Guardian [UK], by Glen Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, *

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Posted By:mitzi, 6/9/2013 2:45:12 PM

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,

* and Laura Poitras

He´s smart to come forward. Less of a chance he´ll be "disappeared."


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Reply 1 - Posted by: ebgchatham, 6/9/2013 3:04:24 PM     (No. 9367808)

An intelligent, thoughtful man with a conscience.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: AltaD, 6/9/2013 3:06:06 PM     (No. 9367810)

He has no high school diploma and yet the CIA hired him for an IT security job? This story is more unbelievable by the day.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: horacer, 6/9/2013 3:14:38 PM     (No. 9367818)

He´s reading Cheney´s biography, The Angler. You knew Cheney had to be involved.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: TXknitter, 6/9/2013 3:16:06 PM     (No. 9367819)

#2. You should not be surprised.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bighambone, 6/9/2013 3:17:35 PM     (No. 9367821)

The article says that he is currently within the borders of the People´s Republic of China, if that is true, after reading this article some big shot Chinese intelligence officers will probably make sure he stays there for awhile, at least until they determine what they believe to be the true story about all this. That may not be good for the guy´s personal health.

No doubt the exposes in the UK Guardian newspaper including the copy of the Top Secret" Presidential directive to plan cyber attacks in foreign countries were timed to come out in the days before President Obama was scheduled to talk with the President of China about Chinese hackers stealing American secrets.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: TheMotherCO, 6/9/2013 3:20:48 PM     (No. 9367823)

A nasty little twerp - I noticed he did not mention 9-11. Long look at me - aren´t I wonderful article.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Illinois Mom, 6/9/2013 3:23:40 PM     (No. 9367825)

Something doesn´t feel right about this story. His educational background being the first smelly "fact."

My daughters boyfriend was not allowed to join the Navy until he had a G.E.D. and passed the Navy´s own tests. That was in the late 90´s...have we changed a HS diploma requirement?

I cannot abide Obama...and wouldn´t trust him as far as I could throw him...but...do we want people like this guy and Manning working at these sensitive positions in Intelligence?

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Reply 8 - Posted by: ramona, 6/9/2013 3:24:21 PM     (No. 9367826)

I´m suspicious. Here´s more, FTA: He said it was during his CIA stint in Geneva that he thought for the first time about exposing government secrets. But, at the time, he chose not to for two reasons. First, he said: "Most of the secrets the CIA has are about people, not machines and systems, so I didn´t feel comfortable with disclosures that I thought could endanger anyone". Secondly, the election of Barack Obama in 2008 gave him hope that there would be real reforms, rendering disclosures unnecessary."

How much will you bet Zippy gets him off scott-free?
Ramona (the Pest)

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Balogreene, 6/9/2013 3:31:05 PM     (No. 9367829)

Don´t know how a young man without even a high-school diploma got so high so fast. $200,000 is a huge salary for one so young.

Nevertheless, he is neither moral, nor does he have a conscience. If he had, he would have quit his job, he would not have violated his oath. Getting a TS clearance is not easy, and when you get it, you sign a non-disclosure oath. Not your spouse, not your parents, no one will ever know.

You sign again for every program you are read into. Even if it becomes public knowledge you cannot disclose what you know. The penalties for disclosure are spelled out clearly when you sign. He betrayed his oath and his country.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: maggie2u, 6/9/2013 3:38:50 PM     (No. 9367839)

Something here doesn´t pass the smell test. How did he get in the Army if he didn´t graduate high school? And why would he fear for his life, Daniel Ellsberg is a hero to the leftists, I´m sure this guy would be too...oh wait, my bad.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: enuf8, 6/9/2013 3:41:46 PM     (No. 9367842)

Bet 10 to 1 he is not in Hong Kong...if he is indeed responsible for the info to Greenwald. He might have been there, but with access to info available to him he would have selected a country with no extradition to the US and a more compatible population to his appearance.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: skedaddle, 6/9/2013 4:07:01 PM     (No. 9367858)

Do all the doubters here, isn´t it possible he got a GED and it wasn´t mentioned in the article? And the article says his family was employed in the government so he´d have been helped that way. Also, being exceptionally good with computers can open doors as if you´d had the formal education. Or it could be partially made up, wholly made up or absolute fact. The scary part is that our government is set up in opposition to its citizens - we should all think about that for a minute.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: bearcat, 6/9/2013 4:09:20 PM     (No. 9367862)

My first reaction was that he was paid to be the face of the leaker. After reading the article and comments, I see no reason to change my mind.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: littleorby, 6/9/2013 4:12:28 PM     (No. 9367865)

Many here seem to be ´hung-up´ on Mr. Snowden´s lack of a High School; however, 1). He could have lied (I was never ask for proof of my HS education). and 2). I expect when he took the IQ tests, they were off the charts: certainly in some area.

#9. I won´t reread the article, but I think he stated his awareness of having committed treason.

Were I in his position, and had his knowledge of what´s going on, I would, assuming I had the nerve, did what he did.

Too bad that Republican Politicians haven´t the courage to come forth and disclose how their arms are being twisted by Obama´s administration.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: MirJoy, 6/9/2013 4:31:21 PM     (No. 9367883)

I am surprised at reactions of some of the posters. In addition to reading the article, everyone should also watch and listen to the video of his interview with reporters of The Guardian (interesting that the article is dated June 6). This is an extremely intelligent young (and, indeed he is young to have so much courage) man who is not betraying his country, but rather he is trying to save his country, and he is very aware of what could be his fate for doing so.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: MirJoy, 6/9/2013 4:36:30 PM     (No. 9367892)

Correction: article was dated June 9 not June 6.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: noparallel, 6/9/2013 4:45:04 PM     (No. 9367903)

After learning about how our govt snoops with no qualms, and thinking about our amoral dear leader, and thinking about how republicans fear upsetting our dear leader,

I wonder if he has the goods on them and has told them so?

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Coy860, 6/9/2013 4:58:14 PM     (No. 9367920)

Snowden has more courage and more allegiance and more morality than any democrat or Republican in Congress today.
They damn well know what Obama is doing behind the scenes, yet they are silent.
Boehener for example. And most of the democrats not members of the black caucus. Don´t tell me their arms aren´t being twisted, and threats are not made to them almost daily by the administration.
I would render a guess that even some Supreme Court members are under duress.
But they will just hide and keep quiet, the American People be damned.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: jglas, 6/9/2013 5:01:13 PM     (No. 9367921)

For $200,000 Booz Allen Hamilton could have hired a PhD in Computer Science from a prestigious university. Something is not quite right about a 29 year old high school dropout, military discard making $200,000 working for a prestigious consultant for the CIA even if he is a hacker geek phenom. It doesn´t sound like they were using him as a hacker geek, he was termed a ´technical assistant´ and was made responsibility for maintaining computer network security in a CIA office in Geneva Switzerland. If we´re paying all technical assistants $200,000 per year we´re going to go broke a lot faster than I thought.

All that and the fact he thought Obama was going to save the country bother me. Obama was going to save the country but he didn´t so he turned on him? Something wrong here.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: OhMy, 6/9/2013 5:11:42 PM     (No. 9367933)

Who is the traitor, this guy or Obama? Obama who got elected talking about transparency and support for whistleblowers should pardon him but I won´t hold my breath. He is trying to curb the all pervasive surveillance. Let that be the topic and not focusing on every little flaw that we can find in this brave man.

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Reply 21 - Posted by: jerseytomato, 6/9/2013 5:36:26 PM     (No. 9367958)

#2 - believe it.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Caljeepgirl, 6/9/2013 5:43:42 PM     (No. 9367963)

Security is THE hottest field in IT today and "experts" are much in demand. Also, his Booz Allen contract was worth $200,000. but Snowden himself was most likely not netting that amount.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: reefdiver, 6/9/2013 5:53:32 PM     (No. 9367977)

It is interesting to me that all of these scandals are being reported by the British Press, not the American Press (of course we know why)

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Reply 24 - Posted by: pedro4, 6/9/2013 6:07:14 PM     (No. 9367986)

What was the name of the traitor in that movie "The Falcon and the Snowman?" was it his father?

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Reply 25 - Posted by: preciosodrogas, 6/9/2013 6:13:18 PM     (No. 9367989)

The article stated he had a GED. It states that prior to stating he went into the Army in 2003. As with the rest of his story it all seems to fit.
To me, it remains to be seen if he is a hero or a bum. If the government is furtively destroying our liberties as he states and his action are effectively designed to thwart that advance without causing harm to our country (as opposed to the government arm so acting) then he is as much a hero as any of those who have fought for our liberties and freedom - when those of us took our oath as protectors of this great country it was against our enemies both foreign and domestic; and he put his life on the line to do it.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Charactercounts, 6/9/2013 8:57:14 PM     (No. 9368094)

I don´t know what to believe about this guy. But I do wonder why he thinks he is safe in Hong Kong?

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Reply 27 - Posted by: geoman, 6/9/2013 10:27:53 PM     (No. 9368164)

FTA: "He lines the door of his hotel room with pillows to prevent eavesdropping. He puts a large red hood over his head and laptop when entering his passwords to prevent any hidden cameras from detecting them."

I call BS. If anything he says about his background is true, he knows hidden cameras don´t even enter into the equation.

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Reply 28 - Posted by: ketchuplover, 6/9/2013 10:51:25 PM     (No. 9368181)

Dare we NOT believe this young man? In my opinion, what he committed was a genuine Patriot Act.

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