The Guardian newspaper has identified a 29-year-old former CIA technical worker as the source for leaks about US spy agencies. The paper has published a series of revelations about how security services monitored phone calls and internet data through large companies. Edward Snowden, who used to work for the CIA, asked the Guardian to reveal his identity.
– Edward Snowden, speaking to the Guardian
We hack everyone everywhere. We like to make a distinction between us and the others. But we are in almost every country in the world. We are not at war with these countries.
You are not even aware of what is possible. The extent of their capabilities is horrifying. We can plant bugs in machines. Once you go on the network, I can identify your machine. You will never be safe whatever protections you put in place.
My primary fear is that they will come after my family, my friends, my partner. Anyone I have a relationship with.
I will have to live with that for the rest of my life. I am not going to be able to communicate with them. They [the authorities] will act aggressively against anyone who has known me. That keeps me up at night.
Edward Snowden went on to describe how he had the "authority to wire-tap anyone, including the President". He told the newspaper that the US National Security Agency could "collect your information" when targeting terrorists.