Barten Gellman in the Washington Post on December 24, 2013 reports that Edward Snowden denies claims that he is a traitor.
“Edward Snowden has said he feels satisfied and a winner despite the espionage charges confronting him. Denying claims he is a traitor, Snowden said he is working to improve the NSA, something that US spy chiefs do not realize and that society has begun to address the issue of government surveillance.
“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” said the whistleblower. “Remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”
He went on to defend his actions, saying that accusations from NSA brass that he violated an oath of loyalty were baseless. If anyone is guilty of such crimes, Snowden said, it is the national security establishment.
“The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy,” Snowden said. “That is an oath to the constitution. That is the oath that I kept that [NSA Director] Keith Alexander and [Director of National Intelligence] James Clapper did not.”
In BBC’s Channel 4’s ‘Alternative Christmas Message’ Edward Snowden warned of the dangers posed by a loss of privacy:
This video is a short version of the broadcast; the longer version aired by CNN with a news caster and a commentator so obviously biased and using a streamlined-by-the-government approach was too objectionable. However, for those wishing to see that particular news program, here’s the YouTube link
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