In case you don’t know, Edward Snowden worked for the defense contractor, Booz Allen Hamilton. He was a system administrator, who had a GED instead of a high school diploma. Contrary to public knowledge, that’s not all that uncommon among deeply committed, talented software developers. When they’re good, they start young, and they sometimes become one-dimensional personalities who don’t see the point in higher education.
This young man, barely turning 30 years old, decided that what he was seeing at his workplace was unacceptable, ethically. He saw the U.S. government behaving badly, under the cover of the “classified” label. He believed he saw something, so he should say something, like Homeland Security tells us to do on those posters. But who should he tell? Not his bosses at Booz, Allen, Hamilton. They were the ones doing it. That would be like telling the fox about the hen house. Same thing with the bosses of his bosses, the National Security Agency.
You can’t tell the bad guys that you’ve noticed they are being bad guys. So what could he do? He thought of telling the New York Times, because in the 1970’s, they published the Pentagon Papers. But it seemed like the New York Times just wasn’t the same as it was back then.
So he looked around for a newspaper to tell who would listen. It turned out to be the Guardian, and Glenn Greenwald was the journalist who would listen to him.
After Snowden went public, the U.S. quickly began calling him a spy instead of a whistleblower. This meant he was in danger of ending up on the “kill list” with the drones, and all that (more to come about the kill list in another post.) So he had to run and hide.
And now he’s playing Where’s Waldo.
- Contractor Hired Snowden Despite Concerns (drudge.com)