Initially Edward Snowden served as a legitimate whistleblower — he published the first concrete evidence of the NSA’s domestic surveillance apparatus, corroborating claims made by previous whistleblowers and raising serious questions about the constitutionality of the NSA running a widespread, warrantless domestic dragnet with weak oversight.
But there is a growing body of evidence that 30-year-old ex-Booz Allen employee botched the endgame and may have unintentionally leaked more highly valuable U.S. national security intel than he meant to.
The former CIA technician, stuck in the transit zone of a Moscow airport, is now in the jurisdiction of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), i.e., the post-Soviet successor of the KGB.
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