NSA’s former contractor, Edward Snowden created quite the mess for the American government after he leaked classified documents in2013 regarding government surveillance programs for which he was charged with a number of crimes, each carrying a maximum sentence of 10 years jail time. Since he believed he did nothing wrong when he released those documents which proved the US government had been surveilling US citizens without authorization, he fled his country.
Russia granted him asylum for a period of one year and he’s currently living there, but his quest for justice isn’t quite finished yet. He has just released one more controversial bit of information, revealing that he believes Bin Laden is still alive and well, living off the benefits he still receives from the CIA, the Moscow Tribune reports.
“I have documents showing that Bin Laden is still on the CIA’s payroll. He is still receiving more than $100,000 a month, which are being transferred through some front businesses and organizations, directly to his Nassau bank account. I am not certain where he is now, but in 2013 he was living quietly in his villa with five of his wives and many children.”
Snowden believes that the US government faked his death and transported America’s Most Wanted terrorist and his entire family to an unidentified site in the Bahamas.
The NSA whistleblower said:
“Osama Bin Laden was one of the CIA’s most efficient operatives for a long time. What kind of message would it send their other operatives if they were to let the SEALs kill him? They organized his fake death with the collaboration of the Pakistani Secret services, and he simply abandoned his cover. Since everyone believes he is dead, nobody’s looking for him, so it was pretty easy to disappear. Without the beard and the military jacket, nobody recognizes him.”
NaijaPicks the original source of the story relays that his book, published in September 2015, contains the documents which prove this controversial claim.
Snowden justifies his actions claiming he leaked the classified documents in order to help the American people, but he’s still a wanted man in the US. There was even a the petition signed by 168,000 people requesting him to be pardoned, but the White House rejected it on 28th of July 2015.
During his stay in Hong Kong, a couple of journalists had the opportunity to interview him in his secret hideout. When the Guardian reporter asked him why he left his country he responded:
“I don’t want to live in a society that does these sort of things… I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded.”