Yet another interview with National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has been released by The Guardian in which the whistleblower makes some predictions with regard to the U.S. government’s response to his leaks.
“I think the government's going to launch an investigation. I think they're going to say I've committed grave crimes, I've violated the Espionage Act. They're gonna say I've aided our enemies in making them aware of these systems. But that argument can be made against anybody who reveals information that points out mass surveillance systems, because fundamentally they apply equally to ourselves as they do to our enemies.”
The interview was held, according to The Guardian, on June 6 in Hong Kong which means most of the stuff that Snowden has mentioned has actually turned out to be true.
Following are the three main predictions which turned into reality:
1- Government's Going To Launch An Investigation
The government indeed launched an investigation. In fact they intend to carry out more and have a proper trial. They are after his extradition and are constantly bullying countries who are (even) suggesting that they would like to help the ex-CIA agent. Snowden got this right!
2- They're Going To Say I've Committed Grave Crimes, I've Violated The Espionage Act
Of course they have! It is as if the NSA leaker knew exactly what was going to happen. Following the publication of classified U.S. intelligence surveillance documents, the U.S. administration filed espionage charges against Snowden.
3- They're Gonna Say I've Aided Our Enemies In Making Them Aware Of These Systems
Well, if not directly, most of the U.S. government politicians have called Snowden a ‘traitor’ which means that they indeed think of him as someone who is helping enemies. So this prediction also turned out to be true.
Snowden is currently stuck at Moscow’s Sheremedevo International Airport and has applied to 26 countries for political asylum. For now, the NSA leaker’s fate remains uncertain.