The NSA leaker outed himself to The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald, Ewan MacAskill and Laura Poitras in Hong Kong. Edward Snowden grew up in North Carolina, lived in Maryland and then Hawaii, where he worked for private contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. Snowden donated $500 in 2012 to Ron Paul and said in the piece he voted for a third-party candidate in 2008. He left Hawaii May 20 for Hong Kong. Of Obama, he said, “A lot of people in 2008 voted for Obama. I did not vote for him. I voted for a third party. But I believed in Obama's promises. I was going to disclose it [but waited because of his election]. He continued with the policies of his predecessor."
National Journal looks at privatization of national security.
Similarly, Politico writes: “The man who stepped forward to say that he leaked this week’s bombshell national security documents is a 29-year-old computer technician who never finished high school and washed out of his Army training. So how did a guy like that get access to America’s most sensitive secrets?” He’s “one of hundreds of thousands of private-sector workers supporting the intelligence community, Defense Department and other vital agencies.”
And: “It’s a population so huge that no one, including the leaders of the Pentagon and the intelligence community, knows exactly how big it is. But given its scope and diversity, from people scooping chow in Afghanistan to handling the country’s most vital secrets, there are countless cracks through which information can escape.”
Where in the world is… Edward Snowden… From Hong Kong, USA Today writes, “A media manhunt took place in Hong Kong on Monday as the man claiming responsibility for a series of sensational leaks about U.S. spying programs was revealed to have been holed up in a local luxury hotel. … the Mira hotel confirmed on Monday evening Hong Kong time that Snowden had been staying at the hotel but had checked out amid the media hunt. His whereabouts were not immediately clear. … Snowden said Iceland was a country in which he hoped to seek asylum.”
Despite an extradition treaty, Hong Kong’s unlikely to go after Snowden because the treaty excludes "if the offence of which that person is accused or was convicted is an offence of a political character."
Jason Furman will be announced Monday at 2:10 pm as the new chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.
“Seven heavily armed Taliban fighters launched a pre-dawn attack near Afghanistan's main airport Monday, apparently targeting NATO's airport headquarters with rocket-propelled grenades, assault rifles and at least one large bomb. Two Afghan civilians were wounded and all the attackers were killed after an hours-long battle,” AP writes. “It was one of three attacks on state facilities in the morning by insurgents around the country. Another six militants wearing suicide bomb vests tried to storm the provincial council building in the capital of southern Zabul province, while three attempted to attack a district police headquarters just outside Kabul.”
President Obama golfed Sunday in California.
National Journal: Obama “lost on only a small issue to which few people had paid much heed” during the Supreme Court health-care ruling. “But a year later, it’s increasingly clear that the minor loss is punching a major hole in the law’s primary ambition—expanding health insurance coverage to most of the 49 million Americans who lack it.”
USA Today: “Former President Nelson Mandela's condition remains serious but stable on Monday, his third day in a Pretoria hospital, the South African government said.”