Wired Interview With Mark Klein, AT&T Spying Whistleblower

Wired has an informative, deeply terrifying, interview with Mark Klein the whistleblower who outed AT&T for spying for the NSA.

WN: How many people worked in or on that room?

Klein: Two people worked in the secret room, and they were management technicians. The first was downsized out of his job at the end of 2003, and was replaced by a second. A third management tech did not work in the secret room but knew what was going on. I knew all three of them. These guys would occasionally stop by the water cooler to chat with the union technicians in their office area on Folsom Street and they said things they probably shouldn’t have.

And did things they probably should have. —MEGHANN MARCO

Spying in the Death Star: The AT&T Whistle-Blower Tells His Story [Wired]
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  1. TheBigLewinski says:

    Who cares, other than terrorists or law breakers. If you are not breaking the law, you don’t have to worry. For those that claim the need for ‘privacy’, what are you doing banging your neighbor? The government could care less who you screw…

  2. mac-phisto says:

    @TheBigLewinski: i care & i am not a terrorist or a law breaker. the government shouldn’t be spying on me.

    even if the government is not abusing the information that they’re collecting, what’s to say that will not change? it is naive to think that everyone within our government has the citizens’ best interests in mind. history has proven that given the right opportunity, powerful & abusive ppl will take advantage. hitler, stalin, pinochet, mobutu, mugabe – they all took advantage of ppl who entrusted their government with protecting their rights.

    those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. – ben franklin

  3. axiomatic says:

    @TheBigLewinski: Thats a slippery slope there TheBigLewinski. When your government can run things unchecked, and unknown by it’s citizens your civil liberties erode rather quickly. I want to see some butt’s get chewed on for this crazyness.

  4. Trai_Dep says:

    You’re interfering with AT&T’s First Amendment rights by even mentioning this. Shame!!

    Interesting argument they’re making: their free speech is threatened unless they can prohibit everyone else’s. Pretty clear example that corporate interests are contrary to social or private interests.