After days of speculation over the identity of the source who leaked a F.I.S.A. court order mandating that Verizon turn over all metadata on its phone records, Edward Snowden, a former technical assistant for the C.I.A., revealed himself as the whistle blower this weekend in a 12-minute video interview with the Guardian.
Snowden is an employee at Booz Allen Hamilton, a defense contractor which sells technology and manpower to the N.S.A. and other federal agencies. The 29-year-old will likely face severe consequences for his actions, but he maintains that he had a duty to relay this information to the public.
Snowden is currently hiding in a hotel in Hong Kong. Evan Osnos explores Snowden's choice of Hong Kong as a temporary safe haven in an article for The New Yorker, where he is a staff writer.