The NSA/CIA/Edward Snowden Recap
To those who have an active sex life, or are congenitally ignorant, illiterate or aliterate, allow me to review the salient facts of the Snowden Saga:
First, several months back, in a roundabout manner, private data was passed on to the IRS regarding a number of offshore tax havens, also called offshore finance centers.
On May 9, the IRS announced on their web site the largest tax investigation in history to be undertaken to look into those offshore tax havens and US citizens who utilize them.
Several days later, the acting head of the IRS was fired! (One doesn't mess with the super-rich without negative outcomes.)
The highest probability is that this originated with Edward Snowden, or people affiliated with him.
Next, Snowden goes public with the leaking of NSA's domestic and foreign surveillance program called PRISM.
President Obama gives a speech, and over the next day or so another NSA program, Boundless Informant is leaked, giving the lie to Obama's speech and assurances!
Just the other day, Snowden gave an interview where he leaks the hack, or penetration, of a Chinese Exchange Point (EP), or Internet Exchange Point (IXP), which is the physical configuration of switches joining many geographic locations of the Internet (such as the IXP in Seattle, which joins the traffic from Alaska, Northwest Canada, the Pacific Northwest and central United States and southwestern US traffic.
This was a major hack, which could also have allowed further or future hacks to appear to have originated from that Chinese IXP!
I don't claim to have any inside knowledge of either Mr. Snowden, or his activities, past, present or future, but these are awesome leaks of the top level, regardless of what corrupt, moronic and dishonest congressional critters so claim in the USA.
(And we certainly know Gen. Clapper, the DNI with an established history of dishonesty, is not to be believed.)
Naomi Wolfe, who I do indeed have respect for, has questioned the veracity of Edward Snowden and his leaks, citing a monolithic manner in which whistleblowers are supposed behave --- this is a relatively nonsensical statement, as John Kiriakou (CIA whistleblower), Thomas Drake (NSA whistleblower), Cate Jenkins (EPA whistleblower), etc., etc., behaved in rather differing ways, not uniformly following the same, exact pattern.