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British newspaper Guardian revealed the name of the former CIA officer who provided data on the electronic surveillance, that American intelligence services are for users of the site of the largest Internet companies and social networks.
According to the publication, the source of "the biggest intelligence leak in U.S. history," was 29-year-old Edward Snowden. In the past he was a member of the technical services of the CIA and the last four years working for the National Security Agency in the United States as an employee of various contractual companies, including Booz Allen Hamilton and Dell. According to the Guardian, Snowden himself insisted that publication of his name made public. "I'm not going to hide who I am, because I know that did not do anything wrong," — he said.
Edward Snowden said he was satisfied with his life, he had a high salary and a house in Hawaii, a stable career and a family friend, but he decided to donate it all to the government of the United States ceased to destroy the privacy and freedom on the Internet. According to the Guardian, three weeks ago, Snowden was asked to go on leave, copied everything wanted to tell and flew to Hong Kong, where he remains to this day. In the near future it's not going to come back.
"When you have extended access, and I was a systems administrator, is available to you far more information than ordinary users. Did you actually see all these huge databases. Do you realize that almost all of this — the invasion of the privacy of citizens. And I tried to talk about it with colleagues, trying to explain that because things are not kept, but no one took me seriously. And the longer it lasted, the more I felt that it was time to make this information public domain ", — explained his actions Snowden.
Edward Snowden argues that the electronic surveillance of the U.S. government to the citizens of the country exceeds the scope of U.S. intelligence similar operations against Russia. "NSA systematically lied in response to requests from Congress on the extent of surveillance in the United States. When Senator Ron Wyden and Senator Mark Adalah sent these requests, the NSA has stated that he does not have the tools to give an answer. We have such tools, and I have a map showing exactly where people are more exposed to surveillance. We collect more data on digital communications in America than in Russia, — he explained. — NSA has created an infrastructure that allows you to capture almost everything. If I wanted to find out your email address or phone number of your wife, I would only use the data interception. Can I get your email, passwords, phone calls, credit cards. "
Following the British Guardian, the Washington Post also reported that the source of information about the secret program U.S. National Security Agency is Edward Snowden. In an interview with this publication, he said he was not going to hide. "I intend to ask for political asylum in any country that believes in freedom of speech and against violations of privacy," — said Snowden.
As reported last week by the British newspaper the Guardian and the American Washington Post published articles about a secret electronic surveillance program, code-named PRISM, which carried the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National Security Agency. According to the newspaper, the special services several years have direct access to the servers of companies Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, Skype, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL, Apple. According to the media, the U.S. intelligence services collect audio and video files, photos, e-mails, documents and data on a user's connection to certain sites that allows you to track the movement of people and contacts.
Currently, the United States launched the trial of military personnel Bradley Manning, who is accused in the biggest leak of classified information. In 2010, the 25-year-old soldier passed the notorious website WikiLeaks nearly 700,000 documents in the folders of employees Pentagon and the State Department. Now he faces a life sentence.