Radio News: Snowden alerted NSA before leaking surveillance information
Jun 05, 2016 10:25 pm
Vice reports that combing through government records, it appears that Edward Snowden was telling the truth that he repeatedly raised concerns while at the National Security Agency, before leaking government documents to the media about the surveillance program of the United States. In his 2014 testimony to the European Parliament, Snowden was asked whether he, "exhausted all avenues before taking the decision to go public." "Yes," he said. "I had reported these clearly problematic programs to more than 10 distinct officials, none of whom took any action to address them." Snowden was an employee of private contractor Booz Allen Hamilton when he leaked the documents, and, "I was not protected by U.S. whistleblower laws, and I would not have been protected from retaliation and legal sanction for revealing classified information about law breaking in accordance with the recommended process." But four days later, Richard Ledgett, the deputy director of the NSA wrote, "Our findings are that we have found no evidence in the interviews, email, or chats reviewed that support his claims.... Some coworkers reported discussing the Constitution with Snowden, specifically his interpretation of the Constitution as black and white, and others reported discussing general privacy issues as it relates to the Internet." Actually, Snowden clearly was raising concerns that were not being listened to until they were leaks.