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The filmmaker Laura Poitras profiles William Binney, a 32-year veteran of the National Security Agency who helped design a top-secret program he says is broadly collecting Americans' personal data.
On May 18, Democracy Now! aired an excerpt of a recent speech given by Thomas Drake, a National Security Agency whistle-blower who faces 35 years in prison on espionage charges for allegedly leaking information to the press about the NSA's overspending and failure to properly maintain its large trove of domestic spy data. He was honored with the 2011 Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. Drake's comments were broadcast during the Democracy Now! interview with Jesselyn Radack, the homeland security director of the Government Accountability Project, the nation's leading whistle-blower organization. This video was originally posted by The Nation Institute.
I wonder if William Binney has some grand quote somewhere which he'll be remembered by...
And if you do kill the man then his message gets MUCH louder.
Chances are if this gets wings, they'll paint him as a mental case, fraud, or the FBI will magically find incriminating photos on his hard drive due to a tip off from an anonymous source. Much easier to shame the messenger, thus muddying the message, than to kill him.
having said that, messengers also have a strange habit of drowning in bathtubs, tripping and falling, having inexplicable and seemingly improbable single car fatality accidents, etc.