Monday, June 10, 2013

Whistleblower behind exposing NSA surveillance programs reveals his identity, motivations and more

Madison Ruppert
End the Lie
June 10, 2013

Today the man behind exposing the highly secretive programs of the National Security Agency (NSA) including PRISM, the software known as Boundless Informant and the surveillance of all U.S. Verizon customers has revealed his identity.
Edward Snowden (Image credit: screenshot from an interview by the Guardian)
Edward Snowden (Image credit: screenshot from an interview by the Guardian)
The individual responsible is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old currently working for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and a former technical assistant for the CIA, according to the Guardian.

“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” Snowden said, explaining his motivation for asking the Guardian to reveal his identity.
An interview with Snowden, conducted by the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald in Hong Kong where Snowden is currently located, can be seen below:

Snowden’s identity was confirmed by The Washington Post.

The fact that Snowden came out on his own will likely save the intelligence community some time and effort given that they recently launched a criminal inquiry into the PRISM leak.

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently heavily criticized what he called “reckless disclosures of intelligence community measures used to keep Americans safe” and one expert told the Washington Post that Snowden may face extradition.

“The fact that he outed himself and basically said, from what I understand he has said, ‘I feel very comfortable with what I have done’ … that’s not going to help him in his extradition contest,” Douglas McNabb, a lawyer and extradition expert, told The Washington Post.

The Justice Department said they’re currently in the “initial stages of an investigation” into the unauthorized disclosure of classified information but would not elaborate.

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