Former CIA agent Edward Snowden recently revealed that he used BTC to aid the process of leaking confidential government documents in 2013.
The former contractor of the US National Security Agency, the NSA, made the revelation on his Twitter account:
“Have you known the whole NSA story for almost TEN YEARS? I paid for the servers that made this possible using BTC. I’m just not a maximalist”, revealed Snowden to his 5 million followers on the social network.
Snowden gained fame about eight years ago after denouncing the global espionage scheme involving the NSA and the CIA.
At the time, he leaked documents that proved that the agency was kidnapping private data from telephone bills and social networks. In this way, the NSA was violating the right to privacy of many individuals around the world.
Now, he has revealed that BTC has helped in that process, demonstrating that he can be considered an “early adopter” of BTC.
Snowden was on Twitter responding to concerns from some bitcoiners who think he is unfamiliar with cryptocurrencies.
In this context, he asserted that people with secret financial interests sometimes run smear campaigns against BTC:
“There’s a Venture Capital type of guy who pretends to do you a favor by ‘warning’ against BTC or whatever. Meanwhile, they advertise centralized junk coins that coincidentally have a huge share.”
Snowden’s comments elicited responses from several industry enthusiasts, including Dogecoin (DOGE) co-founder Billy Markus.
He declared that “anyone who isn’t an idiot in space respects BTC for what it is.”
In response, Swowden said:
“I’ve never been a fan of dog money because a) I’m a humorless reprimand and b) I think a lot of serious people will mistake it for an investment and get hurt. But Billy has always strived to be a positive voice.”