A 29-year-old government contractor was unveiled Sunday as the source of bombshell leaks about US monitoring of Internet users and phone records.
Edward Snowden told the Guardian newspaper he was motivated solely by a desire to inform the public about the “massive surveillance machine.”
“I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong,” he said. But with the US government seeking a criminal probe into the leaks, he admitted: “I do not expect to see home again.”
The newspaper, which posted a video interview of Snowden clearly showing his face, said it was revealing his identity at his request.