Snowden: ‘Mission’s already accomplished, I already won’

WASHINGTON — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden said his “mission’s already accomplished” after leaking NSA secrets that have caused a reassessment of U.S. surveillance policies.

Snowden told The Washington Post in an interview published online Monday night that he was satisfied because journalists have been able to tell the story of the government’s collection of bulk Internet and phone records, an activity that has grown dramatically in the decade since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won.”

“As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated,” Snowden told the Post. “Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”

President Barack Obama hinted Friday that he would consider some changes to NSA’s bulk collection of Americans’ phone records to address the public’s concern about privacy. His comments came in a week in which a federal judge declared the NSA’s collection program probably was unconstitutional. A presidential advisory panel has suggested 46 changes to NSA operations.

11 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Warren Taylor says:

    I held a TS/SCI clearance for twelve years, probably the same clearance the traitor Snowden had. I never felt any inclination to violate that clearance by revealing any sensitive information to anyone not authorized to receive it. Before you are cleared you sign a security agreement, in which you promise to safeguard all classified information you have access to. The agreement also details the penalties for failing to keep this promise, and included at least one paragraph ending with the words “death penalty”, a bit of an attention getter. Snowden CHOSE to breach his promise, and deserves the appropriate penalties. If he were a true whistle blower, rather than harming his country by turning massive amounts of classified information over to our enemies, he would have gone to a sympathetic member of congress on one of the intelligence committees with his concerns. That way his issues would have been dealt with without compromising national security. If he cannot be extradited to face justice here, a CIA hit might be in order.

  • Robert Myles says:

    All the Government will do is put in place stronger blocks for prying eyes so that we cant see what they are doing. He didn’t say anything about stopping it just some ‘small tweeks’ and possible chages. If you think you have won Snowden all you have done is forced them deeper underground and even more determined to spy on every email, phone call personal conversation and any information that is supposed to be ‘confidential’ will be collected. that is the scam of Obama care personal information t be obtained in violation of HIPPA

    1. Gregory Walker says:

      I’m afraid Robert Myles is right. The present gov’t will just become craftier at how they hide their duplicitous behavior

  • Brad Adams says:

    Snowden is a hero!! The Bush’s, Cheyne’s, FEDS, and Obama are the Domestic enemies!!

    1. Jrmags says:

      Get it straight Brad, Bush and Cheney are gone … you know Obama signed into law more intrusive spying on the american citizens after they left! You just can’t let yourself be honest and evaluate the left leaning party actions for what they are!

      1. Jimmy the Greek says:

        jrmags they are all the same ! and in the pocket of the zionist AIPAC .

      2. ChristCrusader says:

        Maybe you need to come to grips with how much Bush initiated… It looks like a tag team conspiracy. One left the doors and windows of our houses unlocked on his way out to allow the one coming in to freely pillage.

        1. Jrmags says:

          @CC that’s a stretch, I doubt that anyone, except other leaning leftists were fooled by a community organizer with ties to a domestic terrorist like Mr. Ayres.

          1. ChristCrusader says:

            But you can’t ignore Bush stacking and arranging a whole pile of firewood, dousing it with gasoline, and then on the way out the door handing the Obama and then blame it all on Obama just because he lit the fire and threw some more wood onto it.

            At least Bush’s complicity was a lie, an action contrary to the stated platform of his party and of his citizenry supporters. Obama’s actions are done with resounding cheers of his supporters, mixed with call for more, more, more!

        2. f8tule says:

          everyone is quick to jump on the last Bush bandwagon when the first Bush, along with the Clinton’s got this all started.. The elder Bush started it off with the NAFTA agreement and it went from there.. Clinton helped the Saudi’s, as well as our gubmint, “soften” the Trade towers with 2 explosions(93 & 96)… then 9/11 happened and the weaker Bush took over.. He started to do good with the economy, but that’s not the topic.. He signed the Patriot Act because of 9/11. Obama has taken it several steps further and then introduced the NDAA,, Kill and American that disagrees with him, and then call that “dissenter” a “Terrorist”.. ..

          Brad — how much of a Hero is someone when they betray their country by running into the arms of her enemy??
          I do believe he did right by telling us, but the hero part went out the door when he went to Russia.
          How many secrets did he have to give to Russia in order to get out of the Airport???

  • WiSe GuY says:

    0bama promises means: another lie!

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