USA's Nightmare who shook the NSA and has left questions for
the world ....."what we do, government must know?"
the world ....."what we do, government must know?"
Edward Joseph Snowden, an American, born on June 21st 1983, was a former technical contractor for the US National Security Agency – NSA, and a former employee of the CIA who leaked the details of various top-secret
and British government mass surveillance programs
to the press. He revealed classified information on US and European telephone
metadata and the PRISM and Tempora Internet surveillance programs – which has
triggered a series of debates in The Congress and also on the issues related to
budget allocation of the NSA programs!
One can imagine what mental and emotional condition he was in when he leaked the information, to Glenn Greenwald, journalist at The Guardian, in spring 2013.
He was happily living with his girlfriend
at a comfortable house in Hawaii
– before he leaked the classified, security documents.
They had even built a basement where they both shared their future dreams. Jonathan Mills 57 years - father of Lindsay Hills – a software programmer, dealing in the business of restaurants IT packages, reportedly said that, “Snowden always had very strong convictions of right and wrong.” He must have found something disturbing enough that he would go this far.”
Mills also added that Snowden was acting in good faith and he believed he has done morally right to inform the world the “ugly truth of government’s power play!”
Snowden fled from
"I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things ... I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. And this, I am NOT willing to support or live under," Snowden said. And now, not only thousands of Americans, but all over the world, people believe that what Snowden did is right!
Snowden's disclosures are said to rank among the most significant security breaches in
history. On June 14, 2013, U.S. Federal prosecutors charged Snowden with
espionage and theft of government property.
He tried to negotiate talks with the Chinese authorities, but they refused him the asylum. Therefore, he fled Hong Kong airport to
on 23rd June, 2013. Snowden had been staying in
the transit area of the airport for over a month, while Russian authorities
debated whether to accept his application for temporary asylum.
Snowden is believe to have spent his time in the transit lounge learning Russian language and surfing internet quietly in his dedicated place. A Russian airport authority in charge, on condition of anonymity has said “Snowden is a very nice and polite man, who keeps confined at one place.” Few airport authorities revealed that people coming to
, inquired them,
“where is Snowden- and tried to snoop around as if to catch his glimpse!” Moscow
Then on Thursday 1st August 2013, early morning, the news came in of Snowden being granted temporary asylum for one year. Snowden has left
Sheremetyevo airport, around 7:00 a.m., according to the lawyer, who said he
had personally handed him the essential asylum documents on Thursday morning.
Attorney Anatoly Kucherena appeared on Russian television, showing a scanned copy of an official document approving his asylum request. Snowden was in a safe place, according to him, who said he would not reveal the location for security reasons.
In a nowden thanked
for giving him asylum and criticized the Obama administration as showing "no
respect" for the law. He said that "in the end the law is winning." Russia
Snowden's father, Lon Snowden, on Thursday morning gave an interview to Russian TV and praised Russian leader Vladimir Putin for protecting his son, expressed thanks for the asylum given his son and said that he aims to come to Russia to visit him.
spokesman Jay Carney said that the White House is "extremely
disappointed" in 's
decision to grant asylum to Snowden. But the reality is that -“Russian deal is
done” - Putin has taken 100 % advantage of the situation! Russia
The impending talks between
Russia and US are hampered as Obama’s official
in Fall 2013, is a debatable issue now – further the fate of G 20 summit looms
in darkness. But Russia
has taken a step forward in what can be termed as an emerging cyber war! Russia
will use Snowden or vice
versa – both complement each other in the given circumstances! Russia
It is not a “thrill to leak and run – unless there exist a chip in the Snowden’s computer brain - to break away from ruthless power of US” said an IT student at Harvard University. Likewise another IT student at MIT reportedly stated - “we all need to awaken to a new morning where we carry the keys to IP addresses ourselves and not leave any documents in the safe, which
can open whenever we are on vacations!” A
classical statement was made by a computer programmer working in US Silicon Valley, who said “Snowden – has snowed on Pentagon and when
it shall melt, NSA leaks will leave US in water!”
If Snowden can escape under the eyes of US and later seek asylum in Russian territory – he can also manage to call his girlfriend, Lindsay Mills – and seek paradise in the cyber world – on a territory much dreaded by the US Authorities!
Indeed, he is an unbeatable “runaway pride” for all those who respect law, truth and their private domain!