Edward Snowden has recently received a three-year extension for his stay in Russia, but in the latest interview conducted by WIRED magazine with author and journalist James Bamford, over the period of three days we got to know that Snowden still clings a hope to return to his home country that is United States, though living behind the bars stated former National Security Agency contractor.
“I told the government I’d volunteer for prison, as long as it served the right purpose. I care more about the country than what happens to me. But we can’t allow the law to become a political weapon or agree to scare people away from standing up for their rights, no matter how good a deal. I’m not going to be part of that,” Snowden stated in an article of Bamford’s Time published on Wednesday.
“The most-wanted man in the world” as stated by WIRED. According to them, Snowden is being looking for top secret documents that would reveal widespread surveillance programs overseen by federal government. According to some sources, he is still hiding in an undisclosed community in Russia where he is unrecognized.
“So you can have North Korea maybe attacking the United States through a cyber attack, but masquerading it through Iran or masquerading it through Russia,” stated Snowden. “And if you just turn around and automatically fire back, you may be starting an accidental war.”
The magazine included many photographs of Snowden, especially a previously unseen picture of him with his former boss Michael Hayden, director of both NSA and CIA. Other pictures like Snowden in a hotel room, or resting himself in a couch looking fatigued. In one of the photographs he wore a T-shirt with the word “SECURITY” on his back and in one of the magazine’s cover showing Snowden, he was considered as a betrayer, wrapped in an American Flag.
In an audio leaked by WIRED, Snowden stated technology as “the greatest equalizer in human history.”
“I gave this information back to the public, to public hands, and the reason I did that was not to gain a label but to give you back a choice about the country you want to live in,” he stated in the audio.
On seeing all this NSA told TODAY that its officials would be glad to speak with Snowden but on the American grounds.
“If Mr. Snowden wants to discuss his activities, that conversation should be held with the U.S. Department of Justice. He needs to return to the United States to face the charges against him.” the agency said.