In an interview with Focus, German intelligence alluded to Edward Snowden working for Russia or China.
“… It’s very remarkable that he exclusively published files about the work of the NSA with the BND [Germany’s foreign intelligence service] or the British secret service GCHQ… Leaking the secret service files is an attempt to drive a wedge between western Europe and the USA – the biggest since the Second World War” (Read original article on The Local)
It’s lazy to conclude Edward Snowden was a “double agent” simply because the leaks focused on the USA and western Europe. Why wouldn’t they?
In the simplest of terms, Edward Snowden was just a “guy in an office” who profoundly disagreed with his employer’s (and partners) business practices. So much so, that he believed the only way to force change was by involving the public.
“I’m just another guy who sits there day to day in the office, watches what’s happening and goes, ‘This is something that’s not our place to decide, the public needs to decide whether these programs and policies are right or wrong.’” (Snowden, June 2013)
The very purpose of Snowden leaking the files are to shine light on the warrantless mass surveillance of citizens domestically and abroad by entities that are supposed to represent the values of his country. Snowden his airing the dirty laundry at home, because he wants to impact positive change at home.
Our neighbors’ dirty laundry, at this point in the public debate, is irrelevant.