Washington: The Guardian on Sunday revealed the leak source behind the most recent revelations about the U.S. government’s internet and telephone snooping.
British newspaper The Guardian reported online that a 29-year-old technician, Edward Snowden, who currently works for the U.S. defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton, had provided the information to the newspaper.
The Guardian wrote that it was revealing his identity “at his request.”
From the moment he decided to disclose numerous top-secret documents to the public, he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity, the newspaper wrote.
Snowden is quoted as saying: "I have no intention of hiding who I am because I know I have done nothing wrong."
The leaks, reported over the last week, have reopened the debate about privacy concerns versus heightened measures to protect against terrorist attacks, and led the NSA to ask the Justice Department to conduct a criminal investigation. The Justice Department said it was in the initial stages of an investigation.