It’s Official: There Is a New Edward Snowden

The U.S. government has confirmed that there is another leaker of surveillance secrets, according to CNN.

Activists protest the surveillance of U.S. citizens by the NSA outside the Justice Department where President Barack Obama gave a major speech on reforming the NSA January 17, 2014.
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Dustin Volz
Aug. 5, 2014, 11:44 a.m.

Ed­ward Snowden is not alone.

Au­thor­it­ies have con­cluded there is at least one oth­er leak­er spill­ing clas­si­fied secrets about the gov­ern­ment’s sur­veil­lance pro­grams, ac­cord­ing to CNN re­port­er Evan Perez.

Close ob­serv­ers of the sur­veil­lance leaks have for months spec­u­lated that there may be an­oth­er leak­er be­sides Snowden. The In­ter­cept, a chan­nel of First Look Me­dia launched by journ­al­ist Glenn Gre­en­wald, has routinely pub­lished leaks from Ed­ward Snowden since it formed earli­er this year. But two re­cent stor­ies, in­clud­ing one pub­lished Tues­day about the gov­ern­ment’s ter­ror­ist watch data­base, cited un­named sources.

One doc­u­ment is from Au­gust 2013, months after Snowden, a former Na­tion­al Se­cur­ity Agency con­tract­or, down­loaded doc­u­ments while em­ployed at Booz Al­len Hamilton in Hawaii and fled to Hong Kong, where he met Gre­en­wald.

Gre­en­wald him­self said in Ju­ly that it “seems clear at this point” there is an­oth­er leak­er be­sides Snowden.

Snowden be­came an house­hold name overnight last sum­mer when his leaks re­vealed in­tim­ate de­tails of the NSA’s secret phone and In­ter­net sur­veil­lance pro­grams. A seem­ingly end­less de­luge of rev­el­a­tions con­tin­ued throughout the year and in­to 2014.

Since gain­ing in­ter­na­tion­al no­tori­ety, Snowden has been liv­ing in Rus­sia, where he was gran­ted a one-year tem­por­ary asylum that ex­pired last week.

When asked about CNN’s re­port, an in­tel­li­gence agency spokes­man de­clined to com­ment.

While cer­tainly the most known, Snowden is not the only per­son in re­cent years to leak sens­it­ive gov­ern­ment in­form­a­tion. The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has charged more people with vi­ol­at­ing the Es­pi­on­age Act than all pre­vi­ous pres­id­ents com­bined.


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