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NSA Prism Whistleblower Edward Snowden: 'My Greatest Fear ...Is That Nothing Will Change'

The Guardian said that it was revealing Snowden's name at his request after days of interviews with him in Hong Kong, where he has gone into hiding

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There's a job opening at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and it may involve framing Swiss bankers to become CIA informants.

The listing may be for a job to replace, Edward Snowden, 29, who is the whistleblower that exposed the National Security Agency's vast surveillance program that collected the phone records of millions of people and retrieved personal information from the world's largest tech firms.

Snowden worked for the National Security Agency (NSA) for the last four years as an employee of outside contracting firms like Dell and, most recently, of the defence consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in the Hawaii office.

The Guardian said that it was revealing Snowden's name at his request after days of interviews with him in Hong Kong, where he has gone into hiding.

"I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong," he told the Guardian, which said he will go down in history as one of the most important whistleblowers.

Snowden said that the US government was increasingly spying domestically and said the public should know and have their say in these programs.

He said that the records kept by the various spy agencies could easily be used against innocent people.

Snowden, who had a girlfriend, a stable career and a good income, said that he was willing to give that all up because he believes the government is increasingly impeding on privacy and internet freedom.

"I'm willing to sacrifice all of that because I can't in good conscience allow the US government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building," he told the Guardian.

Snowden, who had worked earlier for the CIA, said that he initially believed in what he was doing.

However, things changed, he said, while working under diplomatic cover in Geneva, Switzerland.

In his interview, he describes an incident in 2007 in which the CIA lured in a Swiss banker to become an informant.

Agents got the banker drunk and then encouraged him to drive home. He was caught by police and the agents helped secure his release, thereby gaining his trust.

The Guardian reported that Snowden's choice of fleeing to Hong Kong is a gamble.

Hong Kong has an extradition treaty with the US but can refuse to hand over fugitives in cases of political offences.

That clause is complicated by the veto power of Beijing, which could deem that Snowden harms the "defence, foreign affairs or essential public interest or policy" of China.

Snowden's last employer, Booz Allen Hamilton, released a statement on Sunday confirming Snowden's role there and saying such leaks were a "grave violation."

Booz Allen can confirm that Edward Snowden, 29, has been an employee of our firm for less than 3 months, assigned to a team in Hawaii. News reports that this individual has claimed to have leaked classified information are shocking, and if accurate, this action represents a grave violation of the code of conduct and core values of our firm. We will work closely with our clients and authorities in their investigation of this matter.

A petition to pardon Edward Snowden has already been started on the White House website.

The online government petitioning platform needs to reach 100,000 signatures by July 9, 2013 to receive an official White House response.