Edward Snowden: “I Am Still Working For the NSA–They Don’t Realize It”


In interviews with the Washington Post, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden says of his revelations about U.S. intelligence gathering, “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission's already accomplished. I already won. 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.”

The Post says that, “At 29, Snowden upended the [NSA] on its own turf.” Last week, after a court ruling against NSA data collections, and a presidental advisory panel’s recommendation of substantial new restrictions on the NSA, the Government Accountability Project’s Jesselyn Radack said, “This week is a turning point. It has been just a cascade.” Snowden, now 30, tells the Post, “I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA,” he said. “I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don't realize it.”

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