Edward Snowden has released another interview. He spoke with a reporter at the Washington Post in Russia, which has given him a year long asylum there. Snowden was a former U.S. National Security Agency (or, NSA) contractor who released a number of private and sensitive government documents to the public in an attempt to demonstrate the privacy invasion taking place within the NSA.
Recently, he spoke with the Washington Post about both his somewhat paranoid “indoor cat” life in Russia at present, the issues of surveillance, and the state of the democracy within the U.S. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won. As soon as journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself,” said Snowden to the Washington Post.
He admitted that when he went forward with the document release, he hadn’t been sure about the public reception. “If you look at it from an engineering perspective, an iterative perspective, it’s clear that you have to try something rather than do nothing,” Snowden said in the interview.
Following the release, there has been a number of changes in public opinion within the government, most notably the Obama Administration and technology companies that are suddenly quite worried about the data being collected by the government.
The White House is now advocating that the NSA remove its phone database records, and has over forty recommended actions released in a 200 page report. The recommendations were made after big technology and online company executives met with the president to discuss the surveillance issue. One military officer angrily spoke on issues surrounding Snowden’s actions, according to the Washington Post, saying that, “We didn’t have another 9/11. Until You’ve had to pull the trigger, until you’ve had to bury your people, you don’t have a clue.”
“I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it,” Snowden told the Washington Post.