NBC anchor Brian Williams has landed an exclusive interview with NSA
whistleblower Edward Snowden. It will be Snowden’s first American television
interview. Williams traveled to Moscow this week to speak with both Snowden
and Glenn Greenwald for an hour-long special that will air during primetime on
But before Edward Snowden, there was another NSA whistleblower. That man was
William Binney. Binney was a technical expert hired by the NSA and in 2002—11
years before Snowden leaked documents that rocked the intelligence
world—Binney and his colleagues went to Congress and the Department of Defense
warning them that the NSA was violating Americans’ constitutional rights and
that the agency should be investigated.
Earlier this year, Nick Gillespie sat down for a tell-all interview with
Binney. The video was originally released on January 10, 2014 and the original
writeup is below:
> "Where I see it going is toward a totalitarian state," says William Binney.
"You've got the NSA doing all this collecting of material on all of its
citizens—that's what the SS, the Gestapo, the Stasi, the KGB, and the NKVD
> Binney is talking about the collection of various forms of personal data on
American citizens ...