The Obama administration's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, Jr., told reporters yesterday that the NSA and the DOJ are investigating the leaks of information that revealed an unprecedented level of domestic spying earlier this week. "For me it is literally, not figuratively, literally, gut-wrenching to see this happen," Clapper said. Now Clapper knows who to thank for his dispepsia: former CIA employee Edward Snowden, who insisted that his name and likeness be published in The Guardian.
Snowden is 29, and he gave up a large salary and a life in Hawaii with his girlfriend so he could pose the greatest threat to the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world. He is currently holed up in a hotel in Hong Kong.
Snowden called the NSA's all-encompassing surveillance of innocent American's telephone calls and text messages "an existential threat to democracy." Rather than rehash one of the most consequential moments in American history, we will urge you to read the article and watch the lengthy video interview with Snowden before it is taken down by Agents of Freedom and we're all forced to work in the Sod Mines.
It's worth noting that Snowden's leak comes as the United States is seeking to imprison whistleblower Bradley Manning for the rest of his life.
In the spirit of these transparent times, Gothamist has obtained an exclusive audio recording from the Oval Office several minutes ago. Here's the transcript:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Fucking fuck. Fucking shit ass, motherfucking fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck stick. Fuck.
PRESIDENT OBAMA: God fucking dammit. God fucking dammit. Shit. Fuck. Fuck.