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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 04:34 AM

I wonder who Snowden went to with this information first... Was it Greenwald or another?

And how eventually was Greenwald chosen to eventually write the copy.

Was there someone that Snowden approached to tell his story prior to Greenwald, and if so, why didn't that person tell it?

And how did he and Greenwald eventually cross paths?

Was there an intermediary?

If this information is so important, why won't Greenwald publish it?

What did Snowden devise as an endgame, subsequent to his exposure? Was he under the impression that traveling overseas to conduct the interview would eventually protect him from prosecution somehow?

If he was so upset about what he was doing, why didn't he just resign? Was the money too good?

I just may come up with more questions later. I'm a little too tired right now to think of any.

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Reply I wonder who Snowden went to with this information first... Was it Greenwald or another? (Original post)
MrScorpio Jun 2013 OP
cali Jun 2013 #1
MADem Jun 2013 #2

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Wed Jun 12, 2013, 05:54 AM

2. He went to the FILMMAKER first--in January.

It's all here: http://www.salon.com/2013/06/10/qa_with_laura_poitras_the_woman_behind_the_nsa_scoops/

So how did this all begin?

I was originally contacted in January, anonymously.

By Edward Snowden?

Well, I didnít know who it was.

What was the format?

Via email. It said, I want to get your encryption key and letís get on a secure channel.

And he didnít say what it was about?

He just said ó that was the first, and the second was, I have some information in the intelligence community, and it wonít be a waste of your time.

Do you get a lot of those kinds of requests?

No, I donít.

Did you immediately know what was the best, most secure protocol to go about it?
I actually did. I have a lot of experience because Iíve been working with ó as you note in your thing, Iíve done filming with WikiLeaks, I know Jacob Appelbaum. I already had encryption keys but what he was asking for was beyond what I was using in terms of security and anonymity.

How did it proceed from there?

So thatís where Iím not going into a lot of details, but sort of ongoing correspondence. I didnít know, I didnít have any biographical details or where he worked, had no idea. He made claims and said he had documentation. At that point it was all completely theoretical, but I had a feeling it was legit.

Why do you think he contacted you? Were you the first person he contacted?

I canít speak for him. Glenn and I just touched base about, what was your story, because we connected later in the spring. He, I think, got an email in February. But I didnít know heíd gotten an email.............

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