Yesterday, the NSA released an email from Edward Snowden to his superiors asking about the legality of NSA spying, claiming it was the only evidence they had that he ever tried to go through channels before turning leaker; on its face, this is pretty damning. But there's one problem: six months ago, the NSA claimed that they had no emails of the sort from Snowden, and then this one happened to turn up just in time to counter Snowden's allegations on US TV that he'd tried to blow the whistle from inside. My guess? Someone as canny as Snowden kept copies of all the communiques he made and flags he raised, and will be shortly making the NSA look like pathetic liars (again).
Ben Wizner, Snowden's legal adviser, said of the email: "This whole issue is a red herring. The problem was not some unknown and isolated instance of misconduct. The problem was that an entire system of mass surveillance had been deployed – and deemed legal – without the knowledge or consent of the public. Snowden raised many complaints over many channels. The NSA is releasing a single part of a single exchange after previously claiming that no evidence existed."
During the interview, Snowden also repeated his calls for full disclosure of the communication trail.
"I would say one of my final official acts in government was continuing one of these communications with a legal office," he told NBC.
"And in fact, I'm so sure that these communications exist that I've called on Congress to write a letter to the NSA to verify that they do."
NSA releases email in dispute over Snowden 'internal whistleblowing' [Dan Roberts/The Guardian]
(via Interesting People)
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