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Written by Nick Heer.

The Whistleblower Behind the NSA Surveillance Revelations

Glenn Greenwald reveals the man behind three of the biggest intelligence leaks in American history:

Three weeks ago, [Edward] Snowden made final preparations that resulted in last week’s series of blockbuster news stories. At the NSA office in Hawaii where he was working, he copied the last set of documents he intended to disclose.

He then advised his NSA supervisor that he needed to be away from work for “a couple of weeks” in order to receive treatment for epilepsy, a condition he learned he suffers from after a series of seizures last year.

As he packed his bags, he told his girlfriend that he had to be away for a few weeks, though he said he was vague about the reason. “That is not an uncommon occurrence for someone who has spent the last decade working in the intelligence world.”

On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since.

Greenwald has also published a Q&A with Snowden.