Meet Edward Snowden - the Heroic Whistleblower Behind the NSA Surveillance Revelations

Meet Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old source of biggest intelligence leak in US history. Listen to him explain his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows in this historic video released just hours ago by Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill and Laura Poitras from Hong Kong as part of Glenn Greenwald's history making series on security and liberty.

Edward Snowden now joins the heroic ranks of Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, Daniel Ellsbergand many more...who have forsaken their own personal freedom and safety to expose the inner workings of the Evil Empire.  Glenn Greenwald and his team of journalists also deserve the highest praise that can be given for their service to the great tradition of journalism. They too are in the cross-hairs now...and they know it.

The US's illegal and unconstitutional surveillance program is being spun by corrupt Western governments as necessary for security from the threat of terrorism when it is actually fear mongering designed to elicit a fawning response in the millions of already indoctrinated and terrorized sheeple. In fact the whole thing is a counter-offensive launched by the 1% to protect themselves from the anger and protests by the folks who have been robbed of their jobs, homes and liberty.

The criminal elites are up to their eyebrows in war crimes, financial fraud and an unfolding global attack on liberty. They rightfully fear a rebellion from their victims, so they have ordered their puppets to monitor all phone calls, emails and web activity to identify dissidents and quell an uprising before it develops.

Edward Snowden, is a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA and current employee of the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden has been working at the National Security Agency for the last four years as an employee of various outside contractors, including Booz Allen and Dell. In a note accompanying the first set of documents Edward Snowden provided, he wrote: "I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions," but "I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant."

Greenwald asks Snowden in his interview, "Why did he do it? Why give up his freedom and a privileged lifestyle?" Snowden answers, "There are more important things than money. If I were motivated by money, I could have sold these documents to any number of countries and gotten very rich."