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NSA leaker comes forward

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POSTED: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 2:26pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 4:58pm

 -- A 29-year-old computer technician for a U.S. defense contractor provided the British newspaper the Guardian with details of a top-secret American program that sifts through reams of data from telecommunications companies, the newspaper revealed Sunday.

"My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," the source, Edward Snowden, told the Guardian.

Snowden is a former technical assistant for the CIA and has been working at the National Security Agency, the U.S. electronic intelligence agency, for the past four years, the newspaper reported. He said he gave up a six-figure job in Hawaii and moved to Hong Kong in preparation for the expected fallout from his disclosures.

"I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building," he said.

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I completely trust our government knowing all there is to know about me and my business, and since I'm not a terrorist, what's the problem. I don't worry that they will make a mistake and identify me a threat, or that somebody use the information for purposes other than what we are told. To find a needle in a haystack you need a haystack of information, under the same premise, if we allowed the police to search any home at any time without probable cause, we will catch more lawbreakers.

Unlike the IRS "lady" that took the 5th, I'll bet someone hits the bricks in no time.

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