Snowden considered leaks earlier, held off for Obama election

Chris Burns - Aug 13, 2014, 12:31pm CDT
Snowden considered leaks earlier, held off for Obama election

Edward Snowden has revealed this week that if it had not been for an impending election of Barack Obama in 2008 as President of the United States, he might have leaked NSA documents earlier. He speaks up this week on how he began to consider whistle-blowing in 2007, during “the Bush period, when the war on terror had gotten really dark.”

“We were torturing people; we had warrantless wiretapping,” said Snowden of his time working for the NSA. Snowden collected files which he would later leak to the news media during his time as an NSA contractor for Dell and Booz Allen Hamilton in and around the year 2013.

Snowden spoke with Wired this week about his roll in the CIA and the NSA, continuing on why he held off leaking information back in 2007-08. “I think even Obama’s critics were impressed and optimistic about the values that he represented,” said Snowden, “He said that we’re not going to sacrifice our rights. We’re not going to change who we are just to catch some small percentage more terrorists.”

Snowden worked inside the CIA up until 2010 when he joined Dell in Japan, contracted then for the NSA. “Not only did they not fulfill those promises,” said Snowden of the Obama administration, “but they entirely repudiated them.”

“They went in the other direction,” said Snowden, “hat does that mean for a society, for a democracy, when the people that you elect on the basis of promises can basically suborn the will of the electorate?”

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Above you’ll find a photo of Edward Snowden posing with General Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and the CIA. This photo was taken at a gala in 2011.


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12 Responses to Snowden considered leaks earlier, held off for Obama election

  1. Thanks to Snowden, we now know that Benjamin Franklin’s quote still applies: “Those who surrender freedom for security will not have, nor do they deserve, either one.”

    • If you are going to quote someone, then put the text in quotation marks, take 5 seconds and make sire the quote is correct.

      • Hmm, I checked the quote on Goodreads Quotes before I put it up. Also it is in quotation marks. And you can’t spell, sire.

  2. Well I bet you if he did this while Bush was the president Fox News in all of the right wing media would have crucified Him. But since he did this under Obama the right wing media is crucifying Obama. What hypocrites

    • Which world do you live in ??? 99% of our biased media is controlled by democrats, liberals & left wing and you bring up the only channel that tells the truth !!!! The liberal media didn’t do enough cover up for mr. Hope & change or what ????? Wake up man.

      • It doesn’t even tell the truth, but rather has a slightly weaker left wing bias than other media… And it’s enough to have the commies go ballistic!

  3. “They went in the other direction,” said Snowden, “what does that mean for a society, for a democracy, when the people that you elect on the basis of promises can basically suborn the will of the electorate?”

    It means that Øbama is an inveterate liar and that you were a fool to vote for him. If you like your pathological liar, you can keep your pathological liar.

  4. Some of us were not fooled by the Chicago Dem Party machine politician’s soaring rhetoric. We knew it would be business as usual, no matter which wing of The Businessmen’s Party sat in the White House. I’ve never regretted voting for a Green Party candidate.

  5. Hypocrite . If he believed in the morality he is preaching, he would report e crime despite his opinion on a presidential candidate. If he really felt that people were being tortured and citizen’s rights were being grossly violated, why wait for an election? It is like a witness to a rape waiting for daylight so that patrol officers can see the crime better.

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