Famed British spy novelist David Cornwell, who writes under the nom de plume John le Carré, is well-acquainted with his subject matter. He worked for MI5 and later for MI6 until his covert identity was compromised, bringing his spy career to an end in 1964. He seems a natural ally of the frenzied bureaucrats calling for Edward Snowden’s head. But, in a piece he wrote for The Guardian, Cornwell slammed the British and UK governments for allowing intelligence agencies to secretly run the show and erode democracy.
Andrew Leonard over at Salon confirms what some of us already suspected: The National Security Agency (NSA) is not merely an end user of data collected by internet firms. NSA and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) were directly involved in developing the capabilities of those firms to amass that data in the first place.
The South China Morning Posts reports today that Edward Snowden said last night that he wants to remain in Hong Kong and let the courts and people there “decide my fate.” This is the first the world has heard from Snowden since he dropped out of sight shortly after disclosing information about NSA surveillance programs that have shocked the world.
As a Special Agent for the FBI, Coleen Rowley testified before Congress in 2002 about the Bureau’s failure to nab terrorists planning the 9/11 attacks. That year, Time Magazine named her one of three “Persons of the Year.” Tuesday, in a special report to CNN, Rowley praised Edward Snowden as a “courageous person of conscience,” and criticized the massive surveillance program he uncovered as both inefficient and dangerous.
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.'”