Whether you consider Edward Snowden to be a hero or a traitor, one thing’s for sure: the U.S. government isn’t happy about him claiming to be the leaker for details on its domestic surveillance programs, including PRISM.
Since Monday, after the video of his interview with The Guardian went viral, Snowden has checked out of his hotel in Hong Kong, though reports say that there is no evidence he left Hong Kong and that investigators have a “pretty good idea where he might be,” according to CBS.
However, on Wednesday afternoon, a local Hong Kong newspaper reported that Snowden said he did not choose Hong Kong as a place to hide, according to CBS.
“People who think I made a mistake in picking Hong Kong as a location misunderstand my intentions. I am not here to hide from justice; I am here to reveal criminality,” Snowden told the paper.
Still, Russia would consider offering Snowden political asylum, Vladimir Putin’s spokesman told Russian newspaper Kommersant.
Knowledge of the NSA surveillance has prompted many to compare the U.S. government to that in George Orwell’s 1984. In fact, sales on Amazon have seen a 141 percent increase, as of writing, while it experienced a 7,000 percent jump yesterday morning.
On Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) called NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden a “traitor” in an interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
That night, The Verge posted that Mozilla, Reddit and 4Chan join a group of 85 organizations asking Congress to end NSA surveillance, while The Washington Post tried to explain how Snowden probably did not commit treason.
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- Presentation designer Emiland DeCubber created a “better” version of NSA’s slides on its PRISM program.
- Snowden’s girlfriend is from Laurel, Md. and graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art.
- The American Civil Liberties Union and its New York chapter sued the U.S. government Tuesday.
- Snowden’s girlfriend describes herself as a world-traveling, pole-dancing super hero.”
- Snowden’s father is “still shocked” by the news.