If you think the National Security Agency wiretapping and data-mining scandal does not affect you, you might want to think carefully about what you’ve put on the internet, says the man who exposed the scandal.
In an interview with The Guardian, whistleblower Edward Snowden explains the patterns of behavior he would routinely witness at the NSA that led him to believe the actions taken by the agency were a violation of citizens’ rights.
“You got young enlisted guys, 18-to-22 years old – they’ve suddenly been thrust into a situation with extraordinary responsibility where they now have access to all of your private records,” Snowden said.
“Now, in the course of their daily work, they stumble across something that is completely unrelated to their work in any sort of necessary sense, for example, an intimate photo of someone in a sexually compromising situation, but they’re extremely attractive.”
“So what do they do, they turn around in their chair and show their coworker. And their coworker says, “Oh, hey, that’s great. Send that to Bill down the way.”