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Former CIA Analyst: Snowden Did The Right Thing

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Very interesting program: video with transcript.

Transcript begins:

Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer. McGovern was employed under seven US presidents for over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. McGovern was born and raised in the Bronx, graduated summa cum laude from Fordham University, received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University, and graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. McGovern now works for “Tell the Word,” a ministry of the inner-city/Washington Church of the Saviour, which sent him forth four weeks ago to join other Justice people on “The Audacity of Hope,” the U.S. Boat to Gaza.

Transcript

JAISAL NOOR, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Jaisal Noor in Baltimore.Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden has come forward as the man responsible for the largest leak in NSA history.Now joining us is Ray McGovern. He was a CIA analyst for 27 years and prepared the president’s daily brief under the Nixon and Ford administrations from 1981 to 1985. Ray now works for Tell the World, a publishing extension of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C.Thank you for joining us, Ray.

RAY MCGOVERN, RETIRED CIA ANALYST: Most welcome.

NOOR: So, Ray, what’s your reaction to the news that it’s 29-year-old Edward Snowden, an NSA analyst working for a private contractor making $200,000 a year, living in Hawaii with his girlfriend, is the man behind this, one of the greatest leaks in the NSA’s history?

MCGOVERN: Well, all I can say, really, is that this time today I’m feeling much more hopeful for our democracy that I was feeling this time yesterday. This morning I spent up at Fort Meade where Bradley Manning is being court-martialed for giving us the information necessary for our people to know what’s going on. Similarly, Snowden did the same thing.It’s so encouraging. It really is encouraging that a 29-year-old, or now Bradley Manning is 25, but he was 22 when he decided to–that it was his courage that would be necessary to follow his conscience and reveal those documents. It’s very, very encouraging to see that young people like that have been able to do some of the things that have been very difficult for people of my generation to do because we have been so hidebound behind secrecy strictures. And some, like myself, feel great remorse that we didn’t step up to the plate and do precisely the kinds of things that Snowden, Bradley Manning, and of course Daniel Ellsberg did in their day.

NOOR: Now, speaking of Daniel Ellsberg, in a piece in The Guardian today, Daniel Ellsberg, the man responsible for the Pentagon Papers leak to The New York Times, he says that this leak by Edward Snowden is the greatest leak in–is the most important leak in U.S. history. What’s your response to that?

MCGOVERN: Well, I think . . .

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Written by LeisureGuy

12 June 2013 at 11:31 am

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