Edward Snowden, says he leaked NSA data surveillance.
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“A former CIA employee who identified himself as the source of leaked information about a vast National Security Agency surveillance program signaled the start of a game of international diplomacy Monday [June 10].
Edward Snowden, 29, faces a criminal investigation led by the Department of Justice – but is reportedly holed up in a hotel room in Hong Kong in an attempt to thwart moves to prosecute him.
He told The Guardian, whose reporters are alongside him in Hong Kong, that he had exposed huge amounts of classified information out of conscience to protect ‘basic liberties for people around the world.’
Snowden, who is employed by defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, hinted that he may seek diplomatic protection from Iceland.”
“Snowden traveled to the former British colony now part of mainland China – on May 20 because ‘they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent'”
Hong Kong, which has a separate legal status from Beijing despite being part of China since 1997, has an extradition treaty with the Washington. However, Beijing has a veto over the extradition requests in cases where Chinas foreign interests would be affected.
‘The only thing I can do is sit here and hope the Hong Kong government does not deport me’ Snowdon told The Guardian. ‘My predisposition is to seek asylum in a country with shared values. The nation that most encompasses this is Iceland. They stood up for people over Internet freedom. I have no idea what my future is going to be,'” by Alastair Jamieson and Andrew Rafferty, NBC News.
The Obama Administration will hunt this man down like a mad dog and hold him up to the world as a traitor.
However, this man is a true Patriot, pulling back the curtain on one of the most hideous natures of our government!
Are there MORE Sgt. Bradley Mannings and Edward Snowdens out there, 20-somethings who see the truth?
What happened to Presidential-candidate Obama’s commitment to government transparency?
“The NSA surveillance problem is Obama’s transparency problem”
If you can read this, thank a whistleblower”
By Joshua Kopstein in The Verge
And this –
– “With War Crimes Argument Banned, Manning’s Military Trial Is Judicial Lynching”
By Chris Hedges, Truthdig”
“The draconian trial restrictions, familiar to many Muslim Americans tried in the so-called war on terror, presage a future of show trials and blind obedience. Our email and phone records, it is now confirmed, are swept up and stored in perpetuity on government computers. Those who attempt to disclose government crimes can be easily traced and prosecuted under the Espionage Act. Whistle-blowers have no privacy and no legal protection. This is why Edward Snowdena former CIA technical assistant who worked for a defense contractor with ties to the National Security Agency and who leaked to Glenn Greenwald at The Guardian the information about the National Security Councils top-secret program to collect Americans cellphone metadata, e-mail and other personal datahas fled the United States. The First Amendment is dead. There is no legal mechanism left to challenge the crimes of the power elite. We are bound and shackled. And those individuals who dare to resist face the prospect, if they remain in the country, of joining Manning in prison, perhaps the last refuge for the honest and the brave.”
Edward Snowden is a modern-day Patrick Henry, who said, “give me liberty or give me death”
Read more of other Patrick Henry quotes.
UPDATE: May 5, 2013
“Former FBI Agent: Every Phone Call In America Is Being Recorded”
By Glenn Greenwald, UK’s Guardian in The Liberty Crier.
– UPDATE: June 10, 2013
“27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine”
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