The New York Times has heard a description of Edward Snowden’s résumé. According to the paper the résumé clearly shows that Snowden possessed “hacking skills,” and that he acquired them while working as an intelligence contractor.
The Times article goes on to say:
In an age when terabytes of data can be stashed inside palm-size devices, the new details about Mr. Snowden’s training and assignments underscore the challenges that the N.S.A. faces in recruiting a new generation of free-spirited computer experts with diverse political views.
Edward Snowden’s decision to throw himself into the machine for our collective benefit is an incredibly important story, not least because the timing signals solidarity with Bradley Manning, who is now in the first week of his trial after an astonishing (and illegal) three-year delay.
Solidarity generates heat, and that can mean exponential growth.
When it all starts to fall apart, it can happen very fast.
Nobody knows where the elbow in the hockey stick really is. You can hit it by surprise.
Whistleblowers are the canaries in the coal mines. Our government wants them dead. What do you suppose that means?
And let’s not forget the brave journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras, equal heroes in this case.