Campaign finance records show that the professed leaker of information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs likely donated to former Rep. Ron Paul’s (R-Texas) presidential campaign.
Records show a donation from an Edward Snowden in Columbia, Md., a community about eight miles from the NSA at Fort Meade, on March 8, 2012, for $250.
A May 6, 2012, record shows a May 6, 2012, contribution to Paul for $250 from an Edward Snowden in Waipahu, Hawaii. His job is listed as a “senior advisor.”
Booz Allen Hamilton, the contractor which employed Snowden for $200,000 a year, said in a statement yesterday that he hadn’t been with the company for long.
“Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii,” the NSA contractor said in a statement. “News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.”
Snowden was a technical assistant for the CIA before working for defense contractors. He told The Guardian that he supported a third-party candidate.
“A lot of people in 2008 voted for Obama. I did not vote for him. I voted for a third party. But I believed in Obama’s promises. I was going to disclose it [but waited because of his election]. He continued with the policies of his predecessor.”
Paul slammed the NSA programs in a post on his website today, calling the leaks “dramatic new evidence of illegal government surveillance of our telephone calls, and of the National Security Agency’s deep penetration into American companies such as Facebook and Microsoft to spy on us.”
“We should know by now that when it comes to government power-grabs, we never go back to the status quo even when the ‘crisis’has passed. That part of our freedom and civil liberties once lost is never regained,” Paul wrote. “…First the government listens in on all of our telephone calls without a warrant and then if it finds something it goes to a FISA court and get an illegal approval for what it has already done! This turns the rule of law and due process on its head.”
“The government does not need to know more about what we are doing. We need to know more about what the government is doing. We need to turn the cameras on the police and on the government, not the other way around. We should be thankful for writers like Glenn Greenwald, who broke last week’s story, for taking risks to let us know what the government is doing. There are calls for the persecution of Greenwald and the other whistle-blowers and reporters. They should be defended, as their work defends our freedom.”