Report: NSA contract worker is surveillance source
WASHINGTON (AP) – A 29-year-old contractor who claims to have worked at the National Security Agency and the CIA allowed himself to be revealed Sunday as the source of disclosures about the U.S. government’s secret surveillance programs, risking prosecution by the U.S. government.
The leaks have reopened the post-Sept. 11 debate about privacy concerns versus heightened measure to protect against terrorist attacks, and led the NSA to ask the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation into the leaks.
The Guardian, the first paper to disclose the documents, said it was publishing the identity of Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, at his own request.
“My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them,” Snowden told the newspaper. SOURCE
I am certain the NSA has a nondisclosure agreement that ALL of their personnel must sign simply as a rule of consideration before being employed in ANY capacity. I would imagine even the *housekeeping* staff would have to sign such as well.
If Edward Snowden truly has worked for the CIA and the NSA I am certain that he has signed such a nondisclosure agreement as well.
Most sources online have indicated that Edward Snowden is in Hong Kong and is seeking asylum in some nation that will resist extraditing him to the United States if the Obama administration were to seek his prosecution for leaking so-called *national secrets*.
Here is one story that makes me think the writer doesn’t know OR perhaps Snowden may not be all that he claims.
In his interview with The Guardian, Mr. Snowden said his job had given him access to myriad secrets that the United States government guards most jealously, including the locations of Central Intelligence Agency stations overseas and the identities of undercover agents working for the United States. SOURCE
No one that currently works for the CIA, or has ever worked for the CIA makes the mistake of saying *CIA Agent*.
CIA employees have titles, operatives are called OFFICERS and the higher up the chain you go the *bosses* have titles, but no one is a Central Intelligence Agency Agent. It just sounds dumb anyway.
The CIA is very selective regarding who it employs, here is a link to their employment page and it gives the reader quite a bit of good information on requirements.
Nowhere does this page specifically state that there is a nondisclosure agreement, but I assure you, there is. In that line of work there has to be.
If I was Snowden I don’t know if I would be as worried about prosecution as I would some unfortunate accident or medical emergency that may or may not happen at some unspecified time and place.
I don’t know about the NSA and their capabilities, but according to stories I have heard from people that are supposedly *in the know*, the CIA can, and possibly would hunt you down even if it meant sending someone to the farthest reaches of the earth to find you, or so I am told, by this guy I know that has a friend that has a cousin that knows this other guy that’s working in the Agency.
If Edward Snowden really is who he claims to be and truly knows all that he claims to know then he has placed himself is great peril to come forth with the information he has made public. Snowden may never return to this nation a free man.
Snowden may have gone against the grain to make his accusations public knowledge but I have to say, THANK YOU Mr. Snowden for having the courage to do so. The American people are in severe need of a HUGE wake-up call, this may be it!