After June of this year, Edward Joseph Snowden finally decided to conduct an interview in person, that eventually lasted for over 14 hours at a place of his choice in Moscow, where he is currently residing.
“For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished,” he said. “I already won. As soon as the journalists were able to work, everything that I had been trying to do was validated. Because, remember, I didn’t want to change society. I wanted to give society a chance to determine if it should change itself.”
One thing is for certain, he gave the society a chance to rethink how they would like to be governed. Snowden's bravery was not only in going against a whole government for something he felt right but also in disclosing information which he was not sure how the public would react to.
Many have accused him of breaking the oath of secrecy and pinned him as a disloyal person, to which he said, "“The oath of allegiance is not an oath of secrecy. That is an oath to the Constitution. That is the oath that I kept that Keith Alexander and James Clapper did not.”
The NSA has been in the public data collection business ever since President Bush began domestic collection without authority from Congress and the courts. PRISM is a cover name for collection of user data from Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, Facebook, PalTalk, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. Using an operation called MUSCULAR, the NSA tapped into U.S. company data from outside the U.S.
In the interview, Snowden said, “What the government wants is something they never had before. They want total awareness. The question is, is that something we should be allowing?"