Edward Snowden, the NSA thief, who spoke via web from Russia at South By Southwest convention of technology, media, film and music attendees yesterday was still active in his comments today when he went after Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, reports NBC.
Sen. Feinstein, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, has had a dispute with the CIA by publicly accusing the agency of secretly searching a Senate computer system. According to the Senator as head of the Senate Intelligence Committee she states that it undermines congressional intelligence oversight and may have violated the law.
To further add to the issue CIA officers may have overstepped their boundary and could face criminal charges.
"I have grave concerns that the CIA search may well have violated the separation of powers principles," Feinstein said on the Senate floor. "I am not taking it lightly."
In the midst of this issue Snowden has come forward and made a statement to NBC News, "It's clear the CIA was trying to play 'keep away' with documents relevant to an investigation by their overseers in Congress, and that's a serious constitutional concern," said Snowden in a statement to NBC News.
Yesterday at the SXSW Snowden had an attentive audience at which he declared, "I saw that the Constitution was violated on a massive scale." According to Snowden he is responsible for the massive changes to the NSA and this has vindicated him.
The changes at the NSA level and other government security areas are placing better systems to prevent the theft of items of national security. According to an NSA report of the investigation into the stolen documents from the computers at the NSA, Snowden stole a fellow co-workers password and proceeded to download files onto a thumb drive. Just about everyone owns a thumb drives if you store data from your computer, so it was an easy theft for Snowden. He is not the ‘computer hacker’ as he has been reputed by the media but a common thief.
The theft allowed Snowden to leave the country and go onto Hong Kong where he met with news media and divided the thumb drives and computers to the media. Since last year the amount of leaks to our government’s actions have been broadcast world-wide.
Some consider Snowden a hero but how he has protected private citizens is still foggy as he never listed actual dangers to private citizens nor did he show any documents to prove private citizens were harmed from NSA actions.
Countries and private companies have tightened their security systems and cybersecurity has become the new level of priority. Snowden has created a new career level for journalist, Glenn Greenwald, formerly of The Guardian newspaper who benefited from the files he released.
Greenwald now writes for First Look Media, an online digital magazine started by billionaire and eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar. Greenwald writes his editorial pieces for the flagship section of the magazine called, ‘Intercept.’ Articles releasing stolen NSA documents and commentary with additional reporting and interviews are written by Greenwald.
First Look Media is taking on an Editor for the Intercept, John Cook, who knows Greenwald. He makes an interesting comment about Greenwald and his approach to the Snowden stolen files, "I love Glenn Greenwald but he's basically keeping the same secrets the NSA was keeping by not laying it all out there so people could look at it for themselves."
Snowden’s actions have created much distress to his former colleagues, so beware in the future as security has tightened at all levels. Private citizens can sleep better knowing that a thief who stole government secret documents is living in Russia which is not a place that Snowden can easily steal their government documents. What else is a benefit for private citizens is unclear. A great debate on the fourth Amendment has taken place and lawsuits against the NSA are in process, so a stimulated public debate and lawful process within our legal system is good.
The next chapter should be interesting as Snowden promises more and so does Greenwald.
To view more articles about Snowden, the NSA and cybersecurity see the list below in Author’s suggestions and view the video atop this article with statements by Sen. Feinstein and Director of the CIA, John Brennan.
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