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Snowden: 'Lies' from Gang of 8 'Compelled Me to Act'

12:43 PM, Jun 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Edward Snowden says "lies" from the Gang of 8 are part of the reason he felt "compelled ... to act." He made the statement in response to a question about his motivations in releasing classified information on the Guardian's website.

"I imagine everyone's experience is different, but for me, there was no single moment. It was seeing a continuing litany of lies from senior officials to Congress - and therefore the American people - and the realization that that Congress, specifically the Gang of Eight, wholly supported the lies that compelled me to act. Seeing someone in the position of James Clapper - the Director of National Intelligence - baldly lying to the public without repercussion is the evidence of a subverted democracy. The consent of the governed is not consent if it is not informed," Snowden writes.

It is not clear if Snowden is referring here to the Gang of 8 tackling immigration reform, or some other Gang of 8. 

Here's the question Snowden is answering, "My question: given the enormity of what you are facing now in terms of repercussions, can you describe the exact moment when you knew you absolutely were going to do this, no matter the fallout, and what it now feels like to be living in a post-revelation world? Or was it a series of moments that culminated in action? I think it might help other people contemplating becoming whistleblowers if they knew what the ah-ha moment was like. Again, thanks for your courage and heroism."

That question is presented by someone with the name, AhBrightWings.

UPDATE: A reader thinks this is what Snowden was referring to: "Select group and a term of art in intel world. When something is so sensitive that the entire Intelligence Committee is not notified, the 'Gang of 8' is: Senate Majority and Minority Leaders. Chair and Ranking of SSCI, Speaker and Minority Leader of the House, and chair and ranking of HPSCI."

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