NSA whistleblower spills all
Former NSA infrastructure analysis, Edward Snowden, was interviewed on June 6 in Hong Kong regarding his whistleblowing activities.
Snowden explained that his job required him to see disturbing things way more frequently than the average person. After a while he became overwhelmed by the wrongness he felt building up. That’s when he decided that the public needed to see what was really going on at NSA.
Snowden says that everyone and anyone is a target and that “NSA and the intelligence community in general is focused on getting intelligence wherever it can by any means possible.” He describes how even if you’re not doing anything wrong, you are constantly under surveillance and you can be attacked over anything you’ve ever done.
When asked why he did not do the whistleblowing anonymously, Snowden responded that he was willing to live unfreely by comfortably. He moved to Hong Kong to do this, not because China is an enemy of the United States, he says, but rather that Hong Kong has a great emphasis on free speech and is very independent compared to western government.
Snowden closed out the interview by stating “What would it take to make you leave everything behind.”