A Crisis of Conscience, 2013 June 9
A 29 year old who has, for a week now, been leaking US internal security material to another country’s newspaper has decided that the extraordinary liberties taken by the government of his country are more important to tackle than staying alive.
His name is Edward Snowden. He is an American. He has been living in Hawaii. Working for NSA, formerly with a number of inteligence gathering agencies. He believes the power of government has been subverted. Snowden says that he may seek assylum in Hong Kong. More than anything, Snowden says he is “most afraid that nothing will happen. No one will be willing to take the risk to fight.”
No one imagines America’s own free press will suddenly feel that telling lies to the public consititutes anything but their free choice and privilege. But nor will this start and end with Snowden. There will be others.
Who are you. Where are you now.