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One "formative" incident occured around 2007, when the young technical analyst was working for the CIA under diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland. It involved a Swiss banker, as described in the Guardian: CIA operatives were attempting to recruit a Swiss banker to obtain secret banking information. Snowden said they achieved this by purposely getting the banker drunk and encouraging him to drive home in his car. When the banker was arrested for drunk driving, the undercover agent seeking to befriend him offered to help, and a bond was formed that led to successful recruitment. "Much of what I saw in Geneva really disillusioned me about how my government functions and what its impact is in the world," he says. "I realised that I was part of something that was doing far more harm than good."
Originally posted by RobinB022
How many of you who are complaining about the USA have ever visited here for any length of time, or are you only going by propaganda against my country and cherry picking what we say ourselves, because we get angry at our own Gov't.?
I've read this entire thread and let some of it make me angry, but I refuse to get caught up in a pissing contest. Suffice it to say that I love my country even with all of our faults. WE the people are the same everywhere-good & bad & everything in between. None of us have control of our Gov'ts though.. and if you think otherwise you are mistaken.
Our dear leaders must be laughing at us bickering like children, as I've never heard so many (supposed) adults in one thread saying mines bigger (& better) than yours.