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Ex-CIA man says exposed U.S. spy scheme for better world

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 - 01:42

June 9 - An ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the NSA says he exposed a US spy scheme out of conscious. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Edward Snowden a 29 year old ex-CIA employee working as a contractor at the U.S. National Security Agency -- says he is the man who had leaked details of a top secret U.S. surveillance program, telling Britain's Guardian Newspaper that he was acting out of conscience. (SOUNDBITE) (English) EX-CIA EMPLOYEE, EDWARD SNOWDEN, SAYING: "When you see everything, you see them on a more frequent basis, and you recognize that some of these things are actually abuses. And when you talk to people about them, in a place like this where this is the normal state of business, people tend not to take them very seriously and you know, move on from them. But over time, that awareness of wrongdoing sort of builds up and you feel compelled to talk about it. And the more you talk about it, the more you're ignored, the more you're told it's not a problem, until eventually you realize that these things need to be determined by the public, not by somebody who's simply hired by the government." He is now holed up in a Hong Kong Hotel. He spoke with the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras (SOUNDBITE) (English) EX-CIA EMPLOYEE, EDWARD SNOWDEN, SAYING: "Because even if you're not doing anything wrong, you're being watched and recorded. And the storage capability of these systems increases every year, consistently, by orders of magnitude, to where it's getting to the point you don't have to have done anything wrong, you simply have to eventually fall under suspicion from somebody, even by a wrong call, and then they can use this system to go back in time and scrutinize every decision you've ever made, every friend you've ever discussed something with, and attack you on that basis, The Guardian published revelations this week that U.S. security services monitored data about phone calls from Verizon and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook .

Ex-CIA man says exposed U.S. spy scheme for better world

Sunday, Jun 09, 2013 - 01:42

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