Snowden: Obama's Election Kept Me From Leaking EarlierSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 06/17/2013 - 22:14
Snowden: Obama's Election Kept Me From Leaking Earlier
3:41 PM 06/17/2013
Edward Snowden, 29, the former CIA employee who leaked the existence of phone- and cyber-surveillance programs run by the National Security Agency, said the election of President Obama in 2008 kept him from leaking much earlier.
In an online question-and-answer session hosted by the Guardian on Monday, he said Obama’s campaign promises and condemnations of George W. Bush’s Patriot Act programs gave Snowden “faith that he would lead us toward fixing the problems he outlined in his quest for votes.”
Instead, Obama made things worse, he wrote: “He closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo.”