Hugh Pickens DOT Com writes "Edward Snowden met with reporters from the Washington Post for fourteen hours and in his first interview since June reflected at length about surveillance, democracy and the meaning of the documents he exposed. “For me, in terms of personal satisfaction, the mission’s already accomplished. I already won,” says Snowden. ““All I wanted was for the public to be able to have a say in how they are governed. That is a milestone we left a long time ago. Right now, all we are looking at are stretch goals.” Snowden says that the NSA’s business is “information dominance,” the use of other people’s secrets to shape events. But Snowden upended the agency on its own turf. “You recognize that you’re going in blind, that there’s no model,” says Snowden, acknowledging that he had no way to know whether the public would share his views. “But when you weigh that against the alternative, which is not to act, you realize that some analysis is better than no analysis. Because even if your analysis proves to be wrong, the marketplace of ideas will bear that out." Snowden succeeded because the NSA, accustomed to watching without being watched, faces scrutiny it has not endured since the 1970s, or perhaps ever and says people who accuse him of disloyalty mistake his purpose. “I am not trying to bring down the NSA, I am working to improve the NSA. I am still working for the NSA right now. They are the only ones who don’t realize it.” Snowden also said he is confident he did not expose secret documents to Chinese intelligence in Hong Kong and he did not bring them to Russia. “There’s nothing on it,” Snowden said, turning his laptop screen toward his visitor. “My hard drive is completely blank.” Snowden says " there is no evidence at all for the claim that I have loyalties to Russia or China or any country other than the United States." “If I defected at all,” says Snowden, “I defected from the government to the public.”"