Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations
The individual responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history is Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. The Guardian, after several days of interviews, is revealing his identity at his request. From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity. Snowden will go down in history as one of America's most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. Despite his determination to be publicly unveiled, he repeatedly insisted that he wants to avoid the media spotlight. Despite these fears, he remained hopeful his outing will not divert attention from the substance of his disclosures.
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