Monday, July 18, 2016

Pre-Snowden Whistleblower Explains How NSA Got 'Unleashed' To Spy On Everyone



Thomas Drake was a 48-year-old decorated Air Force and Navy veteran, and a senior executive at the National Security Agency, the NSA, when he decided he had to speak up against what he considered the spy agency’s abuses.

That’s when he anonymously contacted a reporter at The Baltimore Sun, helping her expose wrongdoing at the agency in a series of articles. Two years later, the FBI raided his home, and the US government launched an investigation into Drake for leaking classified information and espionage.

All of a sudden, Drake faced the possibility of spending most, if not all, of the rest of his life in jail. Looking back now, after he escaped jail and only pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, Drake says it was all worth it.

“History was at stake,” he said in a recent interview with VICE’s reporter Ben Makuch filmed for VICELAND’s series on hacking and surveillance, CYBERWAR.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/thomas-drake-whistleblower-explains-how-nsa-got-unleashed-to-spy-on-everyone

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