NSA whistle-blower revealed: 29-year-old former CIA contractor says he felt compelled to leak


Mike:

Thank God for true patriots!

Originally posted on Gigaom:

Another bombshell dropped on Saturday in the ongoing revelations surrounding the federal government’s PRISM surveillance program: the man who leaked the top-secret documents about the program came forward and revealed his identity — he is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant with the CIA. Snowden said in an interview with the Guardian that he knows he will be charged with a crime for his actions, and expects he may “never see home again,” but that he felt compelled to leak information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance activity.

Snowden said that there wasn’t one specific moment where he decided that he was going to reveal top-secret information (if you’re just coming to this story, check out our omnibus post about what we know so far, which is being updated regularly). He said it just built up over time as he watched the agency collect more information via phone…

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A resident of the “30 square miles surrounded by reality,” I spend most of my time teaching economics and statistics to undergraduate students. I enjoy, naturally, economics and business, but also science (I was once an astronomical observatory assistant), politics, photography, food, travel and sports. Madison has grown quite a bit since 1978 when Governor Lee Dreyfus made that remark. According to Wikipedia, Madison is 67.3 square miles of land and 16 square miles of water. Visit http://thisgotmyattention.wordpress.com/about/ for one of my favorite views of the isthmus. Or, why not come visit us! http://visitmadison.com

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