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Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance
GUARDIAN ^ | Sunday 9 June 2013 14.27 EDT | Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong

Posted on 06/09/2013 11:41:17 AM PDT by sunmars

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.

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.

In a note accompanying the first set of documents he provided, he wrote: "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."

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government
KEYWORDS: 0bamariggingamerica; 4amendment; 4thamendment; benghazi; boozallen; dell; edwardsnowden; fastandfurious; impeachnow; irs; nsa; nsaleak; obamarigging; prism; snowden; threatmatrix; whistleblower
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1 posted on 06/09/2013 11:41:17 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

Such courage i guess he will be arrested within the hour if not already.


2 posted on 06/09/2013 11:42:41 AM PDT by sunmars
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How the # is that jackass, Manning, a whistleblower?


3 posted on 06/09/2013 11:44:52 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Gene Eric

Consider the source. The Guardian is a left-wing UK paper.


4 posted on 06/09/2013 11:46:36 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (Great vid by ShorelineMike! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KOZjJk6nbD4&feature=plcp)
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To: sunmars

great courage indeed, and it is required of all of us:)


5 posted on 06/09/2013 11:47:09 AM PDT by longfellowsmuse (last of the living nomads)
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To: sunmars
Wow. I am speechless. This is big.

I'm betting this guy voted for Obama. We'll see. Watch the video at the link.

6 posted on 06/09/2013 11:47:10 AM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: sunmars

I wonder how long he can last living in a Hong Kong hotel at his own expense.

Oh, maybe he isn’t living at his own expense.


7 posted on 06/09/2013 11:48:36 AM PDT by marron
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To: sunmars
I fear this fellow will find himself in a oubliette, and never find his way out.
8 posted on 06/09/2013 11:48:37 AM PDT by mware
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To: InterceptPoint

At least the guy had the sense to get of the states, he’s in Hong Kong, good luck getting him back from there.


9 posted on 06/09/2013 11:48:58 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars
"watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in"

Lord our God, protect this man from our government and make more like him.

10 posted on 06/09/2013 11:49:18 AM PDT by annalex (fear them not)
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To: sunmars

The first of many patriotic prisoners....?


11 posted on 06/09/2013 11:49:21 AM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: sunmars

I guess where I am going with this, is that Dems have a habit of blowing classified operations.


12 posted on 06/09/2013 11:49:32 AM PDT by marron
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To: sunmars

This is the part where they “Joe the Plumber” him by releasing all his medical/tax/divorce records.

After that, they “Assange” him for having sex without a condom and imprison him.


13 posted on 06/09/2013 11:51:51 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: marron

Be interesting to see where this goes....smart coming out because it means Obama cant make him disappear now. Makes this very very interesting, bet the world press descend on him in hong kong and china will be in no hurry to hand him over, this will be fun tonight at Obama’s little meeting with the chinese pres........


14 posted on 06/09/2013 11:52:02 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

This guy is gonna get SO audited..hope his papers are in order Obama and his cronies are coming


15 posted on 06/09/2013 11:53:53 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: sunmars

Really? With 0bama using drones to kill American citizens in foreign lands with the sweep of his pen? The guy will be named an enemy of the state....he’s toast. Under 0bama there is no need to bring him back, 0bama will just take him out.


16 posted on 06/09/2013 11:54:04 AM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: sunmars

This is why Communist regimes always ship journalists and true believers off to the gulag.

When the cult believers realize that Utopia is actually a police state, they freak out and cause big trouble for the regime.


17 posted on 06/09/2013 11:54:29 AM PDT by LyinLibs (If victims of islam were more "islamophobic," maybe they'd still be alive.)
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To: sunmars

Is there any way the House could grant him some sort of immunity from prosecution?


18 posted on 06/09/2013 11:55:02 AM PDT by abb
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To: sunmars

that is to say the late Edward Snowden. Only 29. Wow.


19 posted on 06/09/2013 11:55:38 AM PDT by EDINVA
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To: sunmars

Embarrass the emperor? Expect to be audited.


20 posted on 06/09/2013 11:56:03 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: EBH

Now if we could find out what really happened to Breitbart.


21 posted on 06/09/2013 11:56:03 AM PDT by struggle
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To: sunmars

Manning was a traitor.


22 posted on 06/09/2013 11:56:05 AM PDT by A Navy Vet (An Oath is Forever)
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To: abb

I have a funny feeling this guy is smart enough to have put some other documents the Gov dont want released stashed away....i would hope he’d have the sense to have a bargaining chips.


23 posted on 06/09/2013 11:56:42 AM PDT by sunmars
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To: sunmars

The guy just shortened the distraction mileage the regime was going to get from this story. Now back to Benghazi and the IRS....


24 posted on 06/09/2013 11:57:23 AM PDT by Aria ( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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To: sunmars

Wow. My new hero. I hope that there are more people out there like him. I know that my son who is in IT is really freaked out about this story. He’s been telling us for some time that its true.


25 posted on 06/09/2013 11:57:28 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: abb

How would they protect him?


26 posted on 06/09/2013 11:57:32 AM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: marron

so you think this whole NSA thing is just another DISTRACTION from the other scandals ,they already said the NSA broke no laws


27 posted on 06/09/2013 11:57:50 AM PDT by molson209
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To: sunmars

See right there is the problem. ..”this world that I love”...not this country that I love or its Constitution ..or even liberty.

What a mess.

Regardless - we are in his debt no matter his politics.


28 posted on 06/09/2013 11:58:00 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: sunmars

WOW! A big “hope and change” believer. Good for him.


29 posted on 06/09/2013 11:58:13 AM PDT by americas.best.days... ( I think we can now say that they are behind us.)
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To: sunmars
Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning.

If I were Snowden I wouldn't want to be named in the same sentence as Manning. Manning simply downloaded all of the classified data he could and gave it away. There was no challenged conscience for Manning. He was angry at the Army because he is a homosexual. He is going to prison.

Snowden will still get jammed up because of the way he divulged this information. He should have blown his whistle to the correct member of Congress. Not that there are more than 5 of those.

30 posted on 06/09/2013 11:59:22 AM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: sunmars

I’m guessing the Chi-Com’s will be excellent host to a former NSA employee who want’s to talk about his day’s on the job.


31 posted on 06/09/2013 11:59:29 AM PDT by swamprebel (a Constitution once changed from Freedom, can never be restored.)
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To: sunmars

Well it helps him that he is a contractor and not a direct government employee.

I’ve said repeated that the RNC needs to start a whistleblower defense fund. I bet several people like Trump would contribute the first few million dollars.


32 posted on 06/09/2013 12:00:12 PM PDT by ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton (Go Egypt on 0bama)
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To: InterceptPoint

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.


33 posted on 06/09/2013 12:00:21 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: sunmars

Even though it has reverted to China I think the extradition treaty between the U.S and Hong Kong is still in effect. It is a weird case but I think is part of the British turnover and the Chineese desire to keep Bong Kong the financial and international center it was.


34 posted on 06/09/2013 12:00:23 PM PDT by airedale
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To: abb

Would he ever be free from certain retribution regardless?


35 posted on 06/09/2013 12:00:32 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: Gene Eric
Manning is a whistleblower in the style of Benedict Arnold. Manning exposed no threat to freedom but did just the opposite.
36 posted on 06/09/2013 12:00:49 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: struggle

People are starting to realize, finally...the regime actually doesn’t care about the scandals or the hearings or any of the stuff we keep demanding.

He knows we won’t impeach him because we’d rather live with tyranny ....than with Biden... we are such fools!


37 posted on 06/09/2013 12:01:53 PM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: EBH

Maybe pass some sort of special legislation specific to him?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Private_bill


38 posted on 06/09/2013 12:02:51 PM PDT by abb
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To: sunmars

Even if Snowden is at variance from what we might regard as our cherished attitides and beliefs, I hope the US grants him immunity to expose abuses in the system


39 posted on 06/09/2013 12:03:18 PM PDT by CMB_polarization
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To: sunmars

He will be stoned in the Square, and if that doesn’t kill him, there will be a public beheading.


40 posted on 06/09/2013 12:03:24 PM PDT by Monkey Face (Obama is either clueless & should resign, or he knows what's going on & should be impeached. fb)
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To: sunmars

Anyone taking cash for his defense fund?


41 posted on 06/09/2013 12:03:35 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: sunmars
An interesting item from the Guardian Q&A with Snowdon:

"Q: But isn't there a need for surveillance to try to reduce the chances of terrorist attacks such as Boston?

A: "We have to decide why terrorism is a new threat. There has always been terrorism. Boston was a criminal act. It was not about surveillance but good, old-fashioned police work. The police are very good at what they do."

A very Obamaesque view of terrorism. Police Work. Arrest the terrorists after the terrorists have done their work.

42 posted on 06/09/2013 12:04:08 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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To: sunmars
...would hope he’d have the sense to have a bargaining chips.

A 'puter geek with four years inside NSA as a consultant????

He probably has a few bags of those chips....

(Sheesh, no wonder the Biggies around DC have all vanished...this could well and truly be the week the SHTF, and it's actually happening to them for a change.)

43 posted on 06/09/2013 12:04:13 PM PDT by Unrepentant VN Vet (For why should my Freedom be judged by anothers conscience? 1 Cor 10:29)
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To: Black Agnes
Would he ever be free from certain retribution regardless?

I think he already knows that. Maybe that he has epilepsy and may not have a long lifespan helped make his decision. Regardless, a brave, brave man. A real-life Jason Bourne.

44 posted on 06/09/2013 12:05:04 PM PDT by abb
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To: EDINVA
[. . .that is to say the late Edward Snowden. Only 29. Wow.]

He may be a mathematician, some of whom are child geniuses.

45 posted on 06/09/2013 12:06:08 PM PDT by Brad from Tennessee (A politician can't give you anything he hasn't first stolen from you.)
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To: USNBandit

Well, let’s just apply the previous Secretary of State’s judgement on him...

Since he’s already spilled it all to the media, why bother to prosecute?

What difference would it make?!


46 posted on 06/09/2013 12:06:13 PM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: abb

Hopefully he realizes that the people powerful enough to want this database and ‘make it happen’ will likely seek retribution against his family as well.


47 posted on 06/09/2013 12:06:22 PM PDT by Black Agnes
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To: sunmars

I’m surprised someone so young can differentiate between right and wrong while working for the govm’nt.

He gave his life, his freedom for Us. Thank you.

Now back to Benghazi....


48 posted on 06/09/2013 12:07:05 PM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: EBH

Yes but you can impeach any government official. Including the heads of the IRS, Dep’t of Education, any of them. come on Repubs, get at it!


49 posted on 06/09/2013 12:07:05 PM PDT by squarebarb ( Fairy tales are basically true.)
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To: ChinaGotTheGoodsOnClinton
I’ve said repeated that the RNC needs to start a whistleblower defense fund. I bet several people like Trump would contribute the first few million dollars.

You should recognize that this guy is almost certainly a big lib and a big Obama supporter. Time will tell on that but there are clues in the interview and the Guardian Q&A.

50 posted on 06/09/2013 12:07:49 PM PDT by InterceptPoint (If I had a tag line this is where you would find it)
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