Jun 10 2013, 1:36am CDT | by Gene Ryan Briones
By now, you've probably heard about PRISM, the U.S. government's top secret program that reportedly monitors valuable communications across the web, gaining access to servers of top technology companies including Micrsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, and many others.
A couple of days ago, the Washington Post wrote about PRISM and published four slides of the secret program, citing that Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Yahoo, and others provided information to the National Security Agency. On Friday last week, The Guardian also reported about NSA's PRISM and proceeded to publish the remaining slides handed over by a then-unknown whistleblower.
It turned out that the whistleblower has no plans of remaining in the dark. On Sunday, the whistleblower identified himself as 29-year old Edward Snowden. Apparently Snowden was a former technical assistant for the CIA and was working at the NSA for the past four years. Speaking to The Guardian, Snowden says that he has no intention of hiding because he knows that he has done nothing wrong.
"I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, but 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," he said.
Describing his motives, Snowden says, "I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in." "My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them," he added.
Snowden will go down in history as one of America's top whistleblowers, going alongside Bradley Manning, currently in trial for handing over classified material to Wikileaks, and former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg.
Source: The Guardian
Gene Ryan Briones
Gene Ryan Briones (Google+) is a technology journalist with a wide experience in writing about the latest trends in the technology industry, ranging from mobile technology, gadgets and robots, as well as computer hardware and software.
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