Skip to comments.Edward Snowden Q&A: NSA whistleblower answers your questions (11am EDT)
Posted on 06/17/2013 7:08:42 AM PDT by Perdogg
LiveThe whistleblower behind the biggest intelligence leak in NSA history will be live online at 11am ET/4pm BST to answer your questions about the NSA surveillance revelations
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Hope he is behind bull## proof glass.
“Hello Edward, what color is the building you’re in? What kind of view do you have from your window?”
So will the NSA be able to track down his location once he’s online?
I’d love to ask him a question, but I’m afraid the NSA will be monitoring.
Don’t know. The Guardian says he’ll be “appearing and disappearing” so I’m guessing he’s going to have an encrypted VPN tunnel from his phone.
The best expose on PRISM now comes from the 40 year career NSA employee, William Benny, who became the director of Intelligence there under Geroge W. Bush. He has gone public since Snowden and detailed the full capabilities of PRISM and what the NSA was doing.
Someone needs to ask him if his ex-girlfriend does lap-dances.
“What is your current geographic coordinates?”
Is he in China? A place well known for ‘freedom’? /s
I scanned some of the questions..the one I would like answered- if he even knows- is it possible/easy/very difficult to access data on members of Congress and Judiciary? Could a savvy person get and copy such info?
Wheels within wheels.
I hope someone asks him about last Nov voter tampering.
Already countless questions at link.
All Snowden would have to do is drive around Hong Kong picking up on unlocked WiFi Signals ... there must be 50 every block
Snowden - “All I can say right now is the US Government is not going to be able to cover this up by jailing or murdering me. Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.”
I’m no Twitter-Wiz but it looks like we have lots of Questions and, so far, no Answers. 9 minutes late as I type this.
Yes. I finally figured that out.
Exposing yourself to questions from an internet forum is much smarter than to sit down with some MSM dingbat like Barbara Walters, Larry King, Piers Morgan, Diane Sawyer, Sean Hannity, Charlie Rose, Matt Lauer,.................
This internet thingy could become a powerful medium, if people would wake up and turn off CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel which is the official channel of Big Brother.
Q - Did you lie about your salary? What is the issue there? Why did you tell Glenn Greenwald that your salary was $200,000 a year, when it was only $122,000 (according to the firm that fired you.)
“I was debriefed by Glenn and his peers over a number of days, and not all of those conversations were recorded. The statement I made about earnings was that $200,000 was my “career high” salary. I had to take pay cuts in the course of pursuing specific work. Booz was not the most I’ve been paid.”
I’m confused - How do we know this is him - this seems dumb.
You have to accept that the Guardian wouldn't participate in an interview with an imposter.
Snowden will already have had experience in identification protocols. You can be sure he has established a process for the Guardian to confirm his identity.
“Truth is coming, and it cannot be stopped.
If that site gets jammed up, go here
Many have made that the foundation of their opinion — “he lied about his salary, which means we can’t trust him on anything!” That’s going to undercut that foundation pretty completely; the rebuttal that Greenwald couldn’t have made a mistake is far less likely.
1) More detail on how direct NSA’s accesses are is coming, but in general, the reality is this: if an NSA, FBI, CIA, DIA, etc analyst has access to query raw SIGINT databases, they can enter and get results for anything they want. Phone number, email, user id, cell phone handset id (IMEI), and so on - it’s all the same. The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based, and can change at any time. Additionally, audits are cursory, incomplete, and easily fooled by fake justifications. For at least GCHQ, the number of audited queries is only 5% of those performed.
2) NSA likes to use “domestic” as a weasel word here for a number of reasons. The reality is that due to the FISA Amendments Act and its section 702 authorities, Americans communications are collected and viewed on a daily basis on the certification of an analyst rather than a warrant. They excuse this as “incidental” collection, but at the end of the day, someone at NSA still has the content of your communications. Even in the event of “warranted” intercept, it’s important to understand the intelligence community doesn’t always deal with what you would consider a “real” warrant like a Police department would have to, the “warrant” is more of a templated form they fill out and send to a reliable judge with a rubber stamp.
I’m unclear about why he is taking so long to dump it all.
Booz Allen is evidently a NSA sweatshop that paid him 78k less that he made elsewhere. Booz Allen the Walmart of defense contractors.
Unfortunately, shortly after assuming power, he closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge.
Assuming power, cool phrase, Eddie.
The restrictions against this are policy based, not technically based, and can change at any time. Additionally, audits are cursory, ,
Translation, IT guys can get around the empty suits guys who think that they are in charge.
Personally, I trust a British newspaper more than ANY DOMESTIC MSM outlet.
If you want to know the truth, British journalists are more reliable.
Ambrose Evans-Pritchards of the Telegraph told more truths about the Clinton crime family than you will ever find from domestic MSM.
Maybe he wants all of it looked at. If it all comes out, some points will be overlooked as less important.
Him starting out with 2009 G20 made me think he’s going to go by date, not shock, order.
Americans have short memories. Its better to slowly leak stuff to keep the pressure on and expose the government’s lies.
Plus his safety is not guaranteed. There is no reason to use up all his ammo yet. Better to aim carefully and keep landing direct hits.
Notice how Sarah Palin always gets attention when she snipes on Facebook and twitter but the content of her speeches is ignored by the press.
Snowden knows what he is doing and he has been very effective at getting attention. The former NSA whistleblower Binny(sp?) was ignored
I have to admit that the dialogue sounds like Snowden. But I’m still mystified as to how he has (or if he really has) escaped being found (and possibly controlled) by the Chinese government.
I don’t see anyway that we can be assured one way or another as to whether his answers are being filtered by the Chinese. Probably not. But the fact is that his answers certainly benefit the Chinese. He is really arguing the far left view that NSA should not be monitoring foreigners on a broad scale anymore that Americans. The Chinese would certainly support that view.
Others have made suggestions why, but it's pretty clear in his answer regarding Wikileaks, if you read his between the lines.
He believes that he is only disclosing things he believes are in the public interest. He is specifically withholding any information about "US operations against legitimate military targets".
Wikileaks dumped a bunch of unredacted information because someone screwed up. That wasn't their intent (the group, not necessarily Assange). Snowden appears to want to prevent this from occurring again.
Tweet: Edward, there is rampant speculation, outpacing facts, that you have or will provide classified US information to the Chinese or other governments in exchange for asylum. Have/will you?
Snowden: "This is a predictable smear that I anticipated before going public, as the US media has a knee-jerk "RED CHINA!" reaction to anything involving HK or the PRC, and is intended to distract from the issue of US government misconduct. Ask yourself: if I were a Chinese spy, why wouldn't I have flown directly into Beijing? I could be living in a palace petting a phoenix by now."
He seems quite certain that the Chinese are really "Good Guys". Question for Snowden that should be asked: What if the Chinese get to read that Thumb Drive in your pocket?
He probably went to China, not because he thinks they are good guys, but because they are another super power that won’t bow to the US.
I don't think he is that naive. However, I do understand his rationale for going to China.
He wanted a place where he felt safe from the US Government until he could immunize himself from covert or diplomatic action. Earlier in he interview, he said that he wasn't sure that Iceland could stand up to pressure long enough for him to do so.
He’s probably in the White House. Wouldn’t surprise me if this is another 0bama ‘false flag’ to subvert America’s credibility by sabotaging our foreign relationships and world standing, bringing us one notch closer to collapse. It’s all about collapse. Then he can declare Martial Law oh goodie.
Well...so far he hasn’t revealed anything he thinks the government is hiding not already known. All governments to this and they know they do.
This guy is doing far more harm then any help he believes...and fast showing he’s more than a defector....by his actions he’s showing his purpose is far more than just revealing Government spying....he’s playing on a gameboard he hasn’t a clue about.
I really have no doubt now this guy is way in over his head...and a traitor.
For all the “conservatives” here who want to carp about Snowden’s tactics, they’re completely missing the fact that Snowden has the press reporting, breathlessly, what he sources.
Snowden offered this information to the Washington Compost, and they dragged their feet. The Compost probably informed the government about the leak. Snowden took appropriate and prudent measures to a) keep himself alive, b) and get the information out, without the press interfering, c) keep the press “cycle” churning in his favor.
Obama is now paying a political price for this crap. Obama’s approval dropped 8%, disapproval rose 9%, in a CNN poll, over the last month. And the biggest change is among YOUNG PEOPLE. Just as I predicted, young people live online. Young people know more about computing and social networking than the old farts in either party.
If it’s a “false flag,” it’s costing Obama quite a bit in the polling.
If this ISN’T a ‘false flag’, how about, “Hey Snowden, does the NSA have the goods on 0bama?.. Is his birth certificate legit? Did he ever REALLY graduate to Columbia? Is he using Harrison J. Bounel’s Social Security Number?”