|NSA whistleblower is identified|
Edward Snowden, a 29-year-old former CIA employee, is the source behind the major intelligence leaks of the past week, according to the man who first reported on the the government’s surveillance programs last week, the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald. Snowden’s identity has been confirmed by The Washington Post.
In a story posted by the Guardian on Sunday afternoon, Greenwald and two other reports reveal Snowden, who currently works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton but has contracted for years with the National Security Agency, as the source of his information.
The Guardian reports it is naming Snowden at his own request. Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. had announced Saturday that the NSA launched a Justice Department investigation into who leaked the information.
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