PRISM whistle-blower steps out of the shadows
It's important to send a message to government that people will not be intimidated," he says.
For those who haven't been keeping with the news, the NSA's PRISM program allows the U.S. government to access information from some of the country's major tech firms such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, YouTube, Skype, AOL, and Apple. Most of the companies named, such as Google and Facebook, have denied their involvement in the program. The information is supposedly used to help the government proactively prevent terror attacks. Last week, the U.S. said that information taken from the PRISM program helped prevent a terrorist attack on the New York City subway system in 2009.
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16 June The NSA can listen to your calls without a warrant
1. rusticguy (Posts: 2826; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
So big question is -- what will happen to him?
Julian Assange of 2013?
6. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1332; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
in a few days time you will hear a report saying he committed "suicide"
10. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5683; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)
Or, he contracted a previously unknown form of avian influenza with a 100% mortality rate.
23. newuser1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
but he was actually killed by american spy.
13. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
US murder gov must to show that everyone who shows the truth must pay to the end of his life!
its time to change the rotten system: dont vote for the same political parties otherwise the same people = zero probability to change anything
2. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8000; Member since: 14 May 2012)
He threw away a $200,000 paying job? Hell I'll be more than happy to take his place!
3. MartianMe (unregistered)
he'll just disappear out of nowhere or he'll die from a unfortunate accident or some hollywood sh*t like always ..... but is never the government , cuz u know ... "they're always the good guys".... like in every war they go to bcuz they care about our freedom so they can take it away from us.... BULLSH*T
4. fjftokyo (Posts: 48; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)
I feel sorry for him not because he threw away a six figure income but because he's going to be assassinated by someone for blowing the cover on one of the most "important" programs the government didn't want the public to know about. You guys better believe the CIA or some kinda secret government group will take his life. For those of you who don't believe me, you guys need to wake up because they do exist.
25. newuser1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
This is like watching The Bourne Identity movie.
5. jazzman666 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)
Edward snowden go live in the Middle East or Afghanistan instead of America and see how things work there .
8. Daftama (Posts: 563; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)
Would mind explaining how it works over there
19. jazzman666 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)
Why dont you go and explore your self .. You sound like you live there anyway !
20. VZWuser76 (Posts: 1333; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
So are you saying that because we're not openly killing dissidents we should be happy with some of the BS our government hands out to us? One of the first duties of a citizen is to question their government, lest we fall back into a dictatorship. You act like you'd be happy if we knew nothing about what the government does.
28. jazzman666 (Posts: 7; Member since: 10 Jul 2012)
You don't get it ... It took hundreds of years of wars and internal struggles to create the great country of the United States of America .. But it's going to take few low life assholes to ruin it !
7. weedl (Posts: 50; Member since: 05 Oct 2012)
yup and now he will become a part of the history ^_^..
27. ZeroCide (Posts: 684; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)
So all of you who think that he should be punished don't mind the governmet doing underhanded things. George, Ben Thomas and the others are rolling over in their grave.
14. Sparhawk (Posts: 75; Member since: 10 Mar 2012)
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things. I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under ... I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building." -- and then he moves to China? Brilliant move. ;)-
16. RaKithAPeiRiZ (Posts: 1332; Member since: 29 Dec 2011)
He could have gone to some Latin American country
17. ojdidit84 (Posts: 285; Member since: 16 Jul 2011)
He probably went to China because they have no extradition treaty with the US. Every single country in Latin America has an extradition treaty with the US.
His only choices were really some Polynesian countries, some countries in Africa overrun with militia, some middle eastern countries, Russia and some former USSR countries, China, & N. Korea. I suppose he could've gone to Thailand? Hell, I might've even chose Russia over China.
15. Leica_Shooter (Posts: 18; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)
Yes, move to China where Human Rights are violated much worse :rolleyes:
I wonder if he entrusted solid proof to someone that will immediately send them to all news networks if "anything" ever happens to him.
21. newuser1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
Human rights violated in china? so spying on every citizen is not violation of human right? compare to a country where citizens are not being spied.
22. newuser1 (Posts: 102; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)
I think he did the right thing. He revealed what exact this country is doing to all citizens and the so called human rights, freedom. The government has freedom to take away freedom of all citizens. They always human rights violated in other countries. but spying and destroying lives of citizens is not violation of human rights?
unfortunately, this guy will cost his life for his actions. He could be assassinated by CIA spies very soon, maybe in few hours from now. American spies are everywhere, there is nowhere to hide in this world. just like in movies.
26. madpiyal (Posts: 108; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
A brave man. You are a hero Mr. Edward Snowden. But sadly you will have to die or be severely punished for the freedom of the US citizens. CEOs of Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and such should learn from you.