Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/william-binney-and-snowden-traitor-debate-2015-4#ixzz3Yw8tlkaP "he is transitioning from whistleblower to a traitor"
Four days after the SCMP interview, Binney gave an interview to USA Today in which he was asked about whether Snowden is a hero or a traitor.
"Certainly he performed a really great public service to begin with by exposing these programs and making the government in a sense publicly accountable for what they're doing," Binney said. "But now he is starting to talk about things like the government hacking into China and all this kind of thing. He is going a little bit too far.
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Germany and Brazil paid a lot of attention, that’s where Glenn [Greenwald, another journalist working with Mr. Snowden] and I were based. But I think in Germany they are particularly sensitive about surveillance because of the history of the Stasi and the Nazi era. There are really active historical memories of what it’s like when you don’t know which of your friends are informants. It’s not an abstract concept at all.
But in the U.K. context, it has been disappointing. One of the reasons has been the use of how the government has basically intimidated the press from reporting. A lot of the press, to their great shame, complied with [the government]. I think it’s a failure of the media in the U.K. In the U.S. context, even though there were news organizations like the [New York] Times or the Wall Street Journal that didn’t have the documents, they did good reporting. The response from the press was a bit more healthy in the U.S. The Guardian allowed themselves to be pressured to destroy source material — it’s unfathomable why they didn’t put up a protest. I can’t imagine any U.S. news organization ever letting a government official enter the building.
“Our intelligence efforts are strictly regulated by our law,” Mr. Putin said. “You have to get a court’s permission first.” He noted that terrorists use electronic communications and that Russia had to respond to that threat.
“Of course we do this,” Mr. Putin said. “But we don’t use this on such a massive scale and I hope that we won’t.”
“But what is most important,” Mr. Putin concluded, “is that the special services, thank God, are under a strict control of the government and the society, and their activities are regulated by law.”
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