Meet The Former CIA Operative Behind the NSA Leaks [(Updates) WTF)]]


Max Rivlin (courtesy Gawker)
Edward Snowden, a former CIA technical assistant and current employee of the defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, which assigned him to work for the NSA, has revealed himself as the leaker behind the documents this week that showed the extent of spying that the NSA does on American citizens.

In a piece in The Guardian, which published the NSA documents, Snowden is revealed as a high school dropout who had stints in the army, the CIA, who has been working for the NSA for the past four years before his concern over the right to privacy convinced him to turn documents over to the Guardian. Snowden is now taking shelter in Hong Kong, where he believes extradition back to the United States on charges of leaking state secrets could be lengthy and problematic. He is currently staying in a hotel, alone, covering his laptop and his head with a large red hood whenever he logs onto his email, for fear of surveillance.

Snowden, who in interviews with the Guardian discussed his disenchantment first with the Army and then with the CIA, believes that several outcomes are possible after releasing the documents, none of them good:

“All my options are bad,” he said. The US could begin extradition proceedings against him, a potentially problematic, lengthy and unpredictable course for Washington. Or the Chinese government might whisk him away for questioning, viewing him as a useful source of information. Or he might end up being grabbed and bundled into a plane bound for US territory.

“Yes, I could be rendered by the CIA. I could have people come after me. Or any of the third-party partners. They work closely with a number of other nations. Or they could pay off the Triads. Any of their agents or assets,” he said.

“We have got a CIA station just up the road – the consulate here in Hong Kong – and I am sure they are going to be busy for the next week. And that is a concern I will live with for the rest of my life, however long that happens to be.”

Snowden, who was living with his girlfriend in Hawaii earning $200,000 a year, fully intended to make his identity public when he decided to leak the documents. He told the NSA he needed a few weeks to deal with his epilepsy, and then fled to Hong Kong with the documents. He knew that his life would never be the same, but his belief in letting the public know what was being done, and the extent of the spying, led him to his choice.

Thank you. TiA.


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This entry was posted on June 9, 2013 by in Politics, SECURITY and tagged , , .

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