It is Edward Snowden: Man who Leaked That US Intelligence was Spying Profiles Comes outFeatured, Finance Monday, June 10th, 2013
June 10 saw what seems like a diplomacy tiff, in coming days, kick start, as the man behind the recent leaks to two newspapers, on the two sides of the Atlantic, on how the United States Intelligence has been collecting data, indiscriminately, over the Internet and phone calls, has revealed himself as Edward Snowden, now in Hong Kong.
Previously with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Howden, who is twenty-nine years of age, is walled up in an accommodation facility in the Far East, where sources say is far enough to dispel moves to have him suffer prosecution.
Talking to the British paper, The Guardian, which, alongside the Washington Post, first revealed his outburst on high-profile secret data mining by the Department of Intelligence, the source defended his move by touting ‘basic liberties’ for citizens all over the planet.
Hints of Diplomatic Immunity
What may bring other countries into the issue is the fact that Howden has given forth to the possibility of seeking harbor in Iceland, and thus eschew against facing justice, for leaking is prosecutable in the United States.
Newspaper reports, in the foregoing week, were to the effect that the authorities in the US were monitoring data from Verizon callers, but soon after, President Barrack Obama dispelled the fears and advised that no one was chipping into calls. Washington Post has also printed information on the high-profile secret project, PRISM, which was to gather data from a plethora of the globe’s leading Internet giants, on non-US citizens.
Internet Giants’ Culpability
The Guardian reported, Monday on how the web giants, including Google and Yahoo, as well as, the social media giant, Facebook, apparently co-opted in the perpetration of the surveillance scheme. While the companies denied culpability and said that they only give governments information where it is necessary under law, reports indicate that they may have participated fully in PRISM.
Internet giants are some of the leading advocates of an independent Big Spider, where each and everyone has an ability to present news and views beyond the reach of the government’s sphere, but as the reports shows, there was ‘duplicity’ this time round.
Even as the above contradictory analyses begin to emerge, in the United States, bigwigs in politics are calling for the administration to extradite Snowden from the Fareast to face justice at home. The head of the counter-terrorism branch of the United States Congress, Peter King, said that the fact that the whistleblower had to fly just a week or so to date to leak the details would lead to the maximum prosecution possible.
Intelligence is also rife that Snowden disclosed the secret data so that he could aid the masses from oppressors.
It has since emerged that the disclosure of the identity of the former intelligence officer, as the whistleblower, was under no coercion by the Guardian newspaper but occurred through his own judgment.