- Created on 10 June 2013
- Written by Christopher Bollyn
Edward Snowden, a 29-year old former systems administrator who worked with the NSA, the CIA, and Booz Allen Hamilton, stood up in a 12-minute video made on June 6 in Hong Kong to explain why he exposed the massive NSA surveillance program known as PRISM, which he describes as “the architecture of oppression.” Contrary to what the Obama administration claims, the NSA surveillance program “targets the communications of everyone,” Snowden says.
Snowden disclosed the NSA’s secret surveillance program because he said “the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong.” His greatest fear, he said, is that nothing will change and that this loss of privacy will continue and worsen in the “American surveillance state.” The massive surveillance of the American people by their own government creates a political condition he described as “turn-key tyranny.”
“Edward Snowden revealed as NSA surveillance leak whistleblower” by Tom McCarthy, guardian.co.uk, Sunday 9 June 2013
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