The United States Government and much of the media try to track down Edward Snowden (word is that the employees of the Washington Zoo who tracked down a missing Panda bear today will be asked to take up the the task. But Snowden isn’t totally missing, he left a little present for the country of his birth in the form of an interview with a Hong Kong paper.
Apparently Snowden didn’t start working for Booz Allen see wrong-doing then decide he wanted to be a whistleblower, he went to work at the company with the intention of finding NSA wrong-doing and exposing it to the press.
According to the South China Morning Post
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“My position with Booz Allen Hamilton granted me access to lists of machines all over the world the NSA hacked,” he told the Post on June 12. “That is why I accepted that position about three months ago.”
Snowden, who arrived in Hong Kong on May 20, first contacted documentary maker Laura Poitras in January, claiming to have information about the intelligence community. But it was several months later before Snowden met Poitras and two British reporters in the city.
He spent the time collecting a cache of classified documents as a computer systems administrator at Booz Allen Hamilton.
In his interview with the Post, Snowden divulged information that he claimed showed hacking by the NSA into computers in Hong Kong and the mainland.
“I did not release them earlier because I don’t want to simply dump huge amounts of documents without regard to their content,” he said.
“I have to screen everything before releasing it to journalists.”
Asked if he specifically went to Booz Allen Hamilton to gather evidence of surveillance, he replied: “Correct on Booz.”
So Snowden was not some wide eyed whistle blower trying to expose what he saw, it was the pre-meditated action of a man trying to grab a few minutes of world fame. In that he has been very successful.