The identity of the whistleblower behind the largest intelligence leak in the NSA's history has been released together with a video interview credited to Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras. In the video, Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old Systems analyst explains his motivations, intentions and the risks he now faces.
Pirate Party UK Leader Loz Kaye said:
"As the news of the NSA surveillance scandal broke, I made it clear that the only reason we got to hear about these abuses is because someone had the courage to blow the whistle."
"Unlike his former employers, Edward Snowden has stepped out of the shadows to explain why he needed to expose the actions of his government. As he puts it "The government has granted itself power it is not entitled to" and that "..these things need to be determined by the public"."
"What comes across clearly is his calm and considered reasoning, which you would expect from anyone employed in a sensitive position. He asks if "living unfreely but comfortably" is something we are willing to accept. That is a challenge to us all."
"Mr Snowden has not only done us all a great service, he has done so knowing the risks that he now faces, acknowledging he will face them for the rest of his life. For that we owe him a great debt of gratitude and must not let him down. His greatest fear is that after these revelations nothing will change. It is up to us to make sure that change happens."