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Everything You Need to Know About NSA Whistleblower Edward Snowden

As you have doubtless heard, the man who blew the whistle on the NSA’s invasive spying program is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old (former) CIA operative who has been seeking asylum in Hong Kong. He went to the UK’s Guardian newspaper to explain why he leaked the documents he did and how concerned he is about PRISM, the Government’s (formerly) secret surveillance program that allows them to collect virtually any private data of yours through Google, Facebook, Apple and other major tech companies. Evidently, he told the CIA that he was taking some time off to deal with epilepsy before fleeing to Hong Kong, where may continue to stay, although he may be headed to Iceland.

“The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything,” he told The Guardian. “With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards …That is not something I am willing to support or live under.” He went on to say that he stands by his actions. “I think the sense of outrage that has been expressed is justified. It has given me hope that, no matter what happens to me, the outcome will be positive for America. I do not expect to see home again, though that is what I want” …

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