Lawrence “Larry” Wilkerson, a retired Army colonel who served as the chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell in President George W. Bush’s administration, finds the revelations made by Edward Snowden a service. In 2013, Edward Snowden, a former contractor with NSA, worked with journalists to reveal a number of mass surveillance programs. In a recent interview, Wilkerson said, “I think Snowden has done a service. I wouldn’t have had the courage, and maybe not even the intellectual capacity, to do it the way he did it. There’s a logic to what he has done that is impressive. He really has refrained from anything that was truly dangerous, with regard to our security — regardless of what people say. He has been circumspect about what he’s released, how he’s released it, who he’s released it to.”
His revelations informed the public not only that the NSA was sucking up information on millions of average Americans’ private communications; they also proved that the U.S. government was likely violating international law by spying on dozens of other countries, and even listening to the phone calls of allied heads of state such as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who subsequently compared the NSA to the Stasi, East Germany’s secret police.
The interview is available in Salon at http://goo.gl/IC2Sjd.