NSA whistleblower reveals himself as Booz Allen Hamilton employee Edward Snowden

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The Guardian disclosed today the identity of the individual who provided it with information about NSA surveillance. He is Edward Snowden, “a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton” who “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 British newspaper says it has revealed Snowden’s identity at his request.

In a videotaped interview with Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill, Snowden described his motive for disclosing documents revealed by The Guardian over the past two days. It was a matter of conscience, he said, and a realization that “”I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things.'”

Snowden’s description of the government’s surveillance activities is chilling.

You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place.” – Edward Snowden (in The Guardian)

Read more at the Guardian:

Article, Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind revelations of NSA surveillance by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras.

Q & A (video and transcript) with Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskill

Updated below, from Twitter:

 

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