Edward Snowden: “I Already Won”
Around six months ago, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden exposed the government’s secret surveillance initiative. Recently he interviewed with a reporter at The Washington Post and said that he accomplished his personal mission.
“I already won,” said Snowden in the interview. “As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”
Snowden told Washington Post editor Barton Gellman that he tried to alert his superiors at the NSA about the surveillance concerns around three years ago. He found security flaws as a system administrator and recommended that the agency switches to a two-man authorization for administrative access.
Snowden also talked to his superiors in October 2012 to inform them about massive volumes of data being collected on Americans through a heat map called BOUNDLESSINFORMANT. Since he was disappointed with the outcome, Snowden decided to talk to the media. He started talking to reporters in December 2012 and then passed information in April 2013.
The NSA was collecting information about the public through PRISM and monitoring phone calls from the same Internet companies through the UK GCHQ program called MUSCULAR.
Snowden especially takes issue with the blind bulk data collection. Snowden believes that probable cause is more appropriate.
“I don’t care whether you’re the pope or Osama bin Laden,” said Snowden in the interview. “As long as there’s an individualized, articulable, probable cause for targeting these people as legitimate foreign intelligence, that’s fine. I don’t think it’s imposing a ridiculous burden by asking for probable cause. Because, you have to understand, when you have access to the tools the NSA does, probable cause falls out of trees.”
[Source: Washington Post]