martinibuster - 11:50 am on Jun 25, 2013 (gmt 0)
I'm pretty sure he's privy to more information than us...
1. Snowden did not work for the NSA. He worked for Booz Allen Hamilton, a subcontractor of the NSA.
2. He only worked there for three months.
3. He was not a whistleblower, he joined Booz Allen Hamilton for the purpose of finding secrets and divulging them. He had his mind made up before he was even hired.
Here's a news report about it. [foxnews.com]
...he took the job as a systems administrator because it gave him access to the records he sought.
"My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked," Snowden said, according to the article. "That is why I accepted that position about three months ago."
Yes, the American government was spying. Is anyone really shocked about that? The Chinese are doing it, too, as are the Russians and the Israelis. Prior to the computer age we had spies planting listening devices in embassies and whatnot. To a certain extent this has always been going on.
I don't think it is right if the U.S. government scrapes large amount of data on citizens. The Obama administration should be more forthcoming about how that information is collected and used. I understand and share Snowden's concerns.