PRISM whistle-blower steps out of the shadows

PRISM whistle-blower steps out of the shadows
The man credited as the NSA whistle-blower who spilled the beans on the surveillance program that has everyone in the U.S. talking, is Edward Snowden. The 29 year-old currently works for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton and was once a undercover employee for the CIA. Not shrinking from fear, Snowden said, "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong." Sacrificing a $200,000 annual salary and a comfortable life, he flew to Honk Kong on May 20th and has remained holed up in the same hotel room for a few weeks.

Snowden expects that he will be punished and the NSA police and other law-enforcement officials have already visited his girlfriend and his home in the U.S. So why go through all of this? "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.

source: Guardian

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1. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

So big question is -- what will happen to him? Julian Assange of 2013?

6. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

in a few days time you will hear a report saying he committed "suicide"

10. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Or, he contracted a previously unknown form of avian influenza with a 100% mortality rate.

11. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Released by Baxter.

23. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

but he was actually killed by american spy.

13. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 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

24. newuser1

Posts: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

you are right. nothing will be changed.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 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: 65; Member since: Jun 06, 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: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

This is like watching The Bourne Identity movie.

5. jazzman666

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

Edward snowden go live in the Middle East or Afghanistan instead of America and see how things work there .

8. Daftama

Posts: 641; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Would mind explaining how it works over there

19. jazzman666

Posts: 10; Member since: Jul 10, 2012

Why dont you go and explore your self .. You sound like you live there anyway !

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 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: 10; Member since: Jul 10, 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: Oct 05, 2012

yup and now he will become a part of the history ^_^..

9. PermanentHiatus

Posts: 267; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Snitches get stiches.

12. Kreft

Posts: 84; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

He's retarded. He should get sniped.

27. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 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: Mar 10, 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: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

He could have gone to some Latin American country

17. ojdidit84

Posts: 462; Member since: Jul 16, 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: Jun 10, 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: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 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: 276; Member since: Dec 10, 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: Feb 11, 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.

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