Edward J. Snowden

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Edward J. Snowden (b. ca. 1984) is a 29-year-old IT specialist for defense contractor Booz Allen Hamilton who revealed the PRISM Internet snooping program of the National Security Agency. He is a former CIA employee who made himself famous in May and June 2013, by revealing to the world that the National Security Agency had in effect built a dossier on every man, woman and child in the country.

He told a British newspaper The Guardian

The Washington Post quotes him as saying

  • "Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest."[2]

Political reaction

John Boehner called Snowden a "traitor" who committed a "giant violation of the law" that put Americans at risk.[3]


  1. Meet the NSA leaker, Human Events
  2. Edward Snowden comes forward as source of NSA leaks, Washington Post
  3. Boehner describes NSA leaker as 'traitor'

See also