Dangerous spying is better than nothing
Snowden first made connection with documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras in January 2013. Greenwald, reporting for The Guardian, said he had been working with Snowden since February, and Barton Gellman, writing for The Washington Post, states his first 'immediate contact' was on May 16. But, Gellman claims Greenwald was just concerned following the Post declined to ensure distribution of the files with-in 72 hours. Gellman says h-e told Snowden 'we'd not make any promise about what we published or when... Snowden responded succinctly, 'I regret that we weren't in a position to keep this project unilateral.' Fleetingly afterward h-e made contact with Greenwald.'
Snowden conveyed using encrypted mail, using the codename 'Verax', meaning genuine in Latin. H-e asked to not be cited at length for fear of detection by semantic analysis.
According to Gellman, prior to their first meeting in-person, Snowden wrote, 'I realize that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return with this information to the general public marks my end.' Snowden also told Gellman that before the articles were printed, the editors dealing with him could also be in danger from your United States Intelligence Community, whom Snowden said 'will most definitely kill you when they think you are the single point of failure that could stop this disclosure and cause them to become the sole owner of this information.'
Snowden defined his CIA knowledge in Geneva as 'formative', stating the CIA deliberately got a Swiss bank drunk and encouraged him to drive home. A CIA operative later hired the banker and offered to intervene, If the latter was caught. Swiss President Ueli Maurer said, 'It does not appear to me that it is likely that this episode played out as it's been identified by Snowden and by the media.' The revelations come at a sensitive time for US-Swiss relations while the Swiss government efforts to pass legislation allowing for more bank transparency. streetdirectory *streetdirectory.com*
Snowden described his actions saying: 'I don't need to live-in a culture that does these types of things [surveillance on its citizens]... |Snowden described his CIA knowledge in Geneva as 'formative', saying the CIA deliberately got a Swiss banker drunk and urged him to drive home. Once the latter was caught, a CIA operative later employed the bank and agreed to intervene. Swiss President Ueli Maurer mentioned, 'It doesn't appear to me that it is likely that this episode played out as it's been identified by Snowden and by the media.' The details come at a sensitive time for US-Swiss relationships as the Swiss government efforts to pass legislation allowing for more bank transparency.By brandenmccabeupkwpy
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