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The Weekend Before E3 (Gaming Thread! Also Open!) | Main | The "It's Been Three Hours" Stale-Breaker Thread [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]
June 09, 2013

BREAKING: Nevermind The NSA Leak Investigation, His Name Is Edward Snowden And He's Talking

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Soooo.

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.

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On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because "they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent", and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.
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He said it was during his CIA stint in Geneva that he thought for the first time about exposing government secrets. But, at the time, he chose not to for two reasons.

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.

He left the CIA in 2009 in order to take his first job working for a private contractor that assigned him to a functioning NSA facility, stationed on a military base in Japan. It was then, he said, that he "watched as Obama advanced the very policies that I thought would be reined in", and as a result, "I got hardened."

The primary lesson from this experience was that "you can't wait around for someone else to act. I had been looking for leaders, but I realised that leadership is about being the first to act."

Over the next three years, he learned just how all-consuming the NSA's surveillance activities were, claiming "they are intent on making every conversation and every form of behaviour in the world known to them".

Scariest part of this is he took off for China before the news broke. That's...bad.

I hate leaks but this maybe something so massive that the public has to know. We've built a lot of security systems in the 11 years since September 11, 2001 and I think it's time, it was awhile ago, we figure out what we are ok with and what we're not. Ideally it wouldn't involve this kind of massive intelligence leak but it was inevitable this is what it would take to get it going.


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