"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." - Edward SnowdenIntelligence services have been feeding false information to known enemy informants in their own ranks for a long time, and they are very good at it.
Comment: Indeed, just think of Wikileaks...
Wikileaks and the War for your Mind
Today, the potential whistleblower is one of the most dangerous informants an intelligence service can confront.
Was Edward Snowden spotted before he decided to leak documents, and set up by the NSA?
Substantial evidence supports the possibility that he was. Numerous questions cast doubt on the authenticity of the Power Point slide show describing PRISM, but the UK Guardian has not seen fit to release it to the public. Perhaps Glenn Greenwald should anonymously leak this file: In the words of Snowden himself, "The public needs to decide."
Was Edward Snowden under surveillance at intelligence contractor Booz Allen in advance of releasing the PRISM document?
In the wake of the Wikileaks scandals, the U.S. intelligence community has answered "Who shall watch the watchmen?" by introducing active surveillance and detailed profiling of their own analysts and contractors, looking for potential whistleblowers. By his own account, Snowden often discussed perceived Agency wrongdoing with his co-workers, which suggests that he should have been profiled and flagged as a potential leaker by the NSA's internal surveillance process.