VIDEO: The 29-year-old source behind biggest intelligence leak in NSA history explains his motives...



(POLITICO) -- Snowden told the Guardian that he has gone to great lengths to maintain his digital privacy, going so far as to keep pillows under his door frame to interfere with listening devices and maintain a hood over his computer when entering passwords to block any hidden cameras.

“I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions,” he told the paper. “I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.”

Obama on Friday said the leaks for which Snowden is taking credit are detrimental to the country’s national security.

“I don’t welcome leaks, because there’s a reason why these programs are classified,” Obama said in San Jose, Calif. “If every step that we’re taking to try to prevent a terrorist act is on the front page of the newspapers or on television, then presumably the people who are trying to do us harm are going to be able to get around our preventive measures.”

Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, called Sunday for Snowden’s prosecution.

“If Edward Snowden did in fact leak the NSA data as he claims, the United States government must prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law and begin extradition proceedings at the earliest date,” King said in a statement. “The United States must make it clear that no country should be granting this individual asylum. This is a matter of extraordinary consequence to American intelligence.”

Snowden, according to the Guardian, copied a series of NSA documents from a Hawaii office where he worked until late May, when he requested leave to receive treatment for epilepsy and flew to Hong Kong.

Snowden’s self-revelation comes a day after Obama concluded a two-day summit in southern California with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

According to the Guardian, Snowden was raised in North Carolina and suburban Maryland. The paper reported that he never completed high school, yet was able to enter a U.S. Army Special Forces training program in order to fight in the Iraq war. The paper said he later received a GED.

The Guardian reported that Snowden was discharged from the Army after breaking his legs in a training accident. Then, the paper said, he joined the NSA where it reported his “understanding of the internet and his talent for computer programming enabled him to rise fairly quickly for someone who lacked even a high school diploma. Continue reading via Politico...


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