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Snowden In 2009: Information Leakers Should Be Shot

| by Jonathan Wolfe
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What a difference a few years can make.

Edward Snowden is now a household name after he released confidential NSA documents to the public, but a new report shows Snowden hasn’t always felt the way he does now.

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According to the Washington Post, conversation logs from an Internet Relay Chat website affiliated with the company Ars Technica show Snowden bashing information leakers in 2009.

“Those people should be shot in the balls,” Snowden said of information leakers in the chat. Speaking on a 2009 New York Times article in which the newspaper released classified information from an Israel-Iran report, Snowden said “WTF NYTIMES…Are they TRYING to start a war?... Jesus Christ they’re like wikileaks.”

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Snowden went on, saying the New York Times has “a HISTORY of this s—t. These are the same people who blew the whole ‘we could listen to Osama’s cell phone’ thing. The same people who screwed us on wiretapping. Over and over again.”

A friend in the chat asked Snowden if he thought it was “unethical to report on the government’s intrigue.” Snowden responded with “VIOLATING NATIONAL SECURITY? No…that s—t is classified for a reason.”

Apparently four years of work with the NSA can change a person’s perspective in a radical way. It’s hard to believe this is the same person who recently pulled off one of the biggest information leaks in American history.

Sources: Washington Post, Daily Caller