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He states that his “breaking point” was “seeing Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress” denying the existence of a domestic spying programs while under questioning in March of last year. Mr. Snowden goes on to state that, “The public had a right to know about these programs. The public had a right to know that which the government is doing in its name, and that which the government is doing against the public.”
In regards to accusations that he is a traitor or a foreign agent, he states, “ If I am traitor, who did I betray? I gave all my information to the American public, to American journalists who are reporting on American issues. If they see that as treason, I think people really need to consider who they think they’re working for. The public is supposed to be their boss, not their enemy.
Disloyal. He violated his oath. How can you guys believe 'the truth' of anything such a person would say?
Prepare for the "he violated his oath" crowd.
His oath.....My Liberty.
Guess which one I give a damn about...
reply to post by St0rD
Have you not honestly considered that the Russians are behind this whole 'revelation?' The whole thing was staged.
reply to post by Snarl
The problem with your claims is that they are highly speculative. Even if it could make sense, the contrary is also true. A man having a switch of conscience who stands up for justice and honesty.
In the end, this debate is meaningless because the outcome is still the same: privacy is now a thing of the past since we are being spied upon.
George Washington was theobvious choice for acquisition of foreign intelligence. The Father of our Country was an adroit spymaster. Over the course of his long military career, he directed numerous agent networks, provided comprehensive guidance in intelligence tradecraft to his agents, and used their intelligence effectively when planning and conducting military operations.
John Jay--who later became Chief Justice of the United States--is consideredthe FoundingFather of American counterintelligence. Jay is seldom cited for his achievements in this arena; his historical reputation stems largely from his political and judicial accomplishments. But he clearly deserved to be considered the first national-level American counterintelligence chief.
Benjamin Franklin was the American icon after whom the remaining room was named. His efforts in what is known today as covert action were wide-ranging and usually successful. During the Revolutionary War period, Franklin engaged in propaganda operations and agent-of-influence activities and directed paramilitary operations against British property.