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.'”
The trial of Private Bradley Manning, began Monday at Fort Meade, a military base in Maryland, north of Washington, DC. Manning has been in custody since his arrest on May 29, 2010 on charges of disclosing classified information to Wikileaks.
The Justice Department’s surveillance of news media extended beyond the Associated Press, according to the Washington Post (May 19). Court records document the efforts of FBI investigators to track the movements and communications of Fox News reporter James Rosen. Officials believed he might lead them to the person who revealed classified information about North Korea in 2009.
The Associated Press revealed on May 13 that the Justice Department secretly seized phone records for “more than 20 telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012.”More than 100 journalists work in the offices where phone records were targeted,” according to AP.
“These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know.” – AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt