“We hack everyone everywhere.” As Edward Snowden made this startling revelation, the 29-year-old contractor yanked the veil of secrecy off the US government’s massive surveillance programme.
An employee with the Hawaii office of defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, the 29-year-old Snowden systematically exposed how National Security Agency programmes like Prism collect the phone logs of millions of Americans, detailed information such as photos and chat logs from internet firms such as Google, Yahoo and Microsoft and correspondence with people outside the US. This data mining and surveillance extend up to India.
“If I wanted to see your e-mails or your wife’s phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your e-mails, passwords, phone records, credit cards,” Snowden told Guardian journalists Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Ewan MacAskill, whom he had called to Hong Kong to tell his extraordinary story to.
Snowden’s expose puts him in the league of Daniel Ellsberg, the...