NSA leaker comes forward
POSTED: Sunday, June 9, 2013 - 1:26pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 3:58pm
CNN — -- 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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