NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has given an interview to the South China Morning Post, which the paper is dribbling out in a series (1, 2) of articles. Thus far, we know:
* He intends to release more leaks
* He will fight extradition to the USA
* He affirms his belief in Hong Kong's commitment to free speech and the rule of law
On this last point: keen observers of Hong Kong's political situation disagree, among them Peter Bouckaert from Human Rights Watch, who says he believes that the HK authorities cooperate with the CIA on various programs.
More as it emerges.
Wonder what kind of NSA commander-in-chief Donald Trump would be? Well, he had a phone console near his bed that could connect to every phone in his Mar-a-Lago estate, reports Aram Roston at Buzzfeed. Several workers told Buzzfeed that Trump used the equipment to secretly listen in on phone calls in the mid-2000s.
Since the earliest days of the Snowden revelations, apologists for the NSA’s criminal spying program have said that Snowden should have gone “through channels” to report his concerns, rather than giving evidence to journalists and going public.
Though he “harmed American interests,” says Eric Holder, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks “were also a public service.”
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