Snowden says #Vault7 “Genuinely a big deal. Looks authentic”

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You can now add Edward Snowden to the list of knowledgeable sources, like the New York Times and Washington Post, calling the latest revelations from WikiLeaks (#Vault7) “authentic” (and historic).

 By:  Aaron Jones
This article first appeared at IROOTS.org

The new WikiLeaks revelations appear to reveal that the CIA has essentially created it’s own NSA, unrestrained by oversight and privacy protections. Mr. Snowden is even giving advice to journalists who are willing to listen:

Lost in the shuffle of the revealed details is the original motivation for Mr. Snowden’s revelations. And, by the way, Mr. Snowden has nothing to do with these current revelations, despite the death threats rolling in from some liberals right now. This is why Mr. Snowden was outraged and why you should be too.

Back in 2014, Mr. Snowden was asked:
WHAT’S THE WORST AND MOST REALISTIC HARM FROM BULK COLLECTION OF DATA?

The first is the chilling effect, which is well-understood. Study after study has show that human behavior changes when we know we’re being watched. Under observation, we act less free, which means we effectively *are* less free.

The second, less understood but far more sinister effect of these classified programs, is that they effectively create “permanent records” of our daily activities, even in the absence of any wrongdoing on our part. This enables a capability called “retroactive investigation,” where once you come to the government’s attention, they’ve got a very complete record of your daily activity going back, under current law, often as far as five years. You might not remember where you went to dinner on June 12th 2009, but the government does. – Edward Snowden

Here are more of Edward Snowden’s responses to #Vault7 via Twitter including links to articles he has shared today.

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This article first appeared at IROOTS.org