In the wake of the hacking of Sony Pictures, for which the US government has asserted North Korea was responsible, PBS have published the transcript of an interview Edward Snowden has given for a Nova documentary film that will be screened later this year.
In a recent debate on Rethinking the U.S. National Security Apparatus, Michael Hayden, a retired general and the former director of the National Security Agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, said that Edward Snowden “blew the whistle” on the NSA’s use of the Patriot Act’s Section 215 to collect phone records of nearly every American. Hayden observed that while the government felt it had executive, legislative, and judicial approval to use 215 that way, the American people have not consented to this program and have been left out of that process.
Michael Hayden, former director of the NSA and CIA, joked about putting Edward Snowden on a kill list during a Washington Post panel discussion on cybersecurity. In response to Snowden’s nomination for a European human rights award, Hayden commented: “I must admit, in my darker moments over the past several months, I’d also thought of nominating Mr Snowden, but it was for a different list.”
Also present was Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who responded: “I can help you with that.”
The exchange was met with laughter from the audience.