James Clapper: Yes, Snowden Emailed NSA Lawyer, But Not About His Concerns
from the so-there's-that... dept
There are numerous avenues that Mr. Snowden could have used to raise other concerns or whistleblower allegations. We have searched for additional indications of outreach from him in those areas and to date have not discovered any engagements related to his claims.Of course, it's worth noting that for all the talk of "proper channels" it's actually not so easy. In fact, the person that he would have gone to has already noted he would have told Snowden to shut up, and was completely insulting about Snowden. So it's not as if there really were legitimate channels. And Snowden already knew that going through the full whistleblowing process would get him labeled as a troublemaker.
That said, it does sound as though Snowden may have slightly exaggerated his claims concerning his conversation with the NSA's lawyers.