By now you’ve probably heard that an 29 year-old employee of a private contractor was the source of the latest NSA spying leaks. How did he get all that stuff? Well, he got a lot more than he’s released, but short answer is he was a system analyst. I hope the video plays for your region, it is a rare, fascinating look into a secret community offered by someone with above average ability to articulate those complexities. Snowden could have sold this stuff, easy, to anyone, including front groups for North Korea or Al Qaeda (Link here). But he didn’t, that video — the fact that he’s so open — and the statements on it suggest strongly to me this is not your average whistle-blower.
I realize we’re in a dilemma here, we don’t want to encourage people to ruin their lives and careers fumbling around for infame in a gray area between justified citizen action and aiding enemies. But in the video … there is something heroic about this guy. I did not know such strength of character and brain-power existed in the NSA et al and I feel better knowing they do.
Steven Andrew is a struggling free lance writer, who supports his blogging habit with a job in the software development industry, and a regular contributor to the popular progressive website Daily Kos. Praise & complaints can be sent to DarkSydoTheMoon-at-goodoldAOL then dot com, or delivered directly on Twitter @SAndrewDKos.