WASHINGTON – The computer expert behind the leaks about two sweeping U.S. surveillance programs gave money last year to libertarian Ron Paul’s run for the GOP presidential nomination, election records indicate.
Edward Snowden, the former CIA employee turned whistle-blower, gave $500 to Paul, a presidential long shot who bowed out of the race last May when it became clear Mitt Romney would be the Republican Party’s nominee.
Federal Election Commission records show an Edward Snowden of Columbia, Maryland, whose employer is listed as Dell, contributing $250 to Paul’s campaign on March 18, 2012.
The man who leaked the vital U.S. surveillance data worked at one point as a contractor for U.S. computer giant Dell, according The Guardian newspaper.
On May 6, a man with the same name cut a check for $250, with his address listed as Waipahu, Hawaii, about 15 km from the NSA facility where Snowden said he recently worked as a contractor for Booz Allen Hamilton.
Ron Paul, an 11-term congressman who retired in January, earned a loyal following, particularly among young Americans. His campaign focused on his vehement defense of constitutional principles and individual liberties.