By now you will all have read the story on The Guardian about Edward Snowden, the recently-revealed whistleblower behind the US National Security Agency leaks.
I wanted to share some quotes from his interview which really stuck with me.
It will be interesting to see what the media and the US government make of this man and this story in the days to come.
I admire his courage, conviction and clarity of thought. I’m also quite scared and apprehensive about the international panic this could lead to, and what it could mean for perceptions (on both sides) of the divide between a people and their government. A story to watch, for sure. I won’t say any more, because I want his words to stand out.
This is bravery on a scale I haven’t seen in a long time, and I’m concerned for his safety as well as the global ramifications of this.
I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong.
I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, [but] I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant.
I really want the focus to be on these documents and the debate which I hope this will trigger among citizens around the globe about what kind of world we want to live in.
My sole motive is to inform the public as to that which is done in their name and that which is done against them.
The only thing I fear is the harmful effects on my family, who I won’t be able to help any more. That’s what keeps me up at night.
I don’t see myself as a hero, because what I’m doing is self-interested: I don’t want to live in a world where there’s no privacy and therefore no room for intellectual exploration and creativity.
What they’re doing [poses] an existential threat to democracy.