Ed Snowden is the whistleblower behind the biggest "leak" in NSA history, Glenn Greenwald reports, in an interview in Hong Kong with this 29 year old American hero. Snowden explains his motives and how he decided on where he's holed up, without hiding in the shadows. This article is a summary of a much longer article in the guardian that is must read.
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Snowden is a former CIA technical assistant, who for the past four years was working for the NSA as an employee of Booz Allen-- a defense contractor. He'd worked as an employee of Booz Allen and Dell for NSA, for four years.
The Guardian article says that Snowden wanted to reveal his identity, reporting, " 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."
Glenn Greenwald , and his two co-authors, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras, say, " 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 ."
They report that Snowden wrote, in a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided:
"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."
"...I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in." He added: "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them."
The article reports that Snowden left a good life-- a $200,000 a year job, a girlfriend he lived with in Hawaii, and a family he loves. They report he said, "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."
So, on May 20th, Snowden, after making preparations and copying his last document at NSA, flew to Hong Kong, where he's been holed up in a hotel since then, knowing that he is at great risk.