Daily Archives: June 10, 2013

By Gideon Rachman
Edward Snowden makes a good first impression. In his interview on YouTube, he comes across as a thoughtful boy-next-door type. Unlike Julian Assange, the twitchy narcissist behind WikiLeaks, Mr Snowden looks like somebody you would be quite happy to see date your daughter.

♦ The NSA whistleblower has revealed himself via a video interview with the Guardian – find out more about Edward Snowden elsewhere on this blog.
♦ Edward Luce argues that President Barack Obama has hurt himself and business over the issue of privacy.
♦ In Turkey, members of every sector of society have united against Erdogan, whose intransigence could split his party.
♦ The Washington Post reports on the mourning parents of Newtown.
♦ The Obama administration has begun helping Middle Eastern allies to build up their defences against Iran’s cyberweapons, and will be doing the same in Asia. Read more >>

Edward Snowden (Getty)

The NSA whistleblower has revealed himself – Edward Snowden is a 29-year-old former technical assistant for the CIA who was employed by the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton prior to leaking documents to the Guardian. “I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said.

The Guardian reveals that, despite not having a high school diploma, his talents in computer programming helped him rise within the CIA. Read more >>