I'm neither traitor nor hero. I'm an American. - Edward Snowden, South China Morning Post, June 12, 2013
Allowing the U.S. government to intimidate its people with threats of retaliation for revealing wrongdoing is contrary to the public interest. - Edward Snowden, "27 Edward Snowden Quotes About U.S. Government Spying That Should Send A Chill Up Your Spine" by Michael Snyder, June 11, 2013 The NSA, FBI and CIA have, with the new digital technology, surveillance powers over our own citizens that the Stasi – the secret police in the former "democratic republic" of East Germany – could scarcely have dreamed of. Snowden reveals that the so-called intelligence community has become the United Stasi of America. - Daniel Ellsberg, "Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America" June 10, 2013
I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things … I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under. - Edward Snowden, "Edward Snowden, NSA files source: 'If they want to get you, in time they will'," The Guardian, June 10, 2013
"ARCHITECTURE OF OPPRESSION"
Edward Snowden, a 29-year old former systems administrator who worked with the NSA, the CIA, and Booz Allen Hamilton, stood up in a 12-minute video made on June 6 in Hong Kong to explain why he exposed the massive NSA surveillance program known as PRISM, which he describes as "the architecture of oppression." Contrary to what the Obama administration claims, the NSA surveillance program "targets the communications of everyone," Snowden says.
Snowden disclosed the NSA's secret surveillance program because he said "the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong." His greatest fear, he said, is that nothing will change and that this loss of privacy will continue and worsen in the "American surveillance state." The massive surveillance of the American people by their own government creates a political condition he described as "turn-key tyranny."