Snowden's cautious approach to Washington Post reporter
WASHINGTON (AP) - Mr Edward Snowden used the code name "Verax", truth-teller in Latin, as he made his cautious approach to Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman about disclosing some dramatic state secrets on intelligence gathering.
The 29-year-old intelligence contractor said he knew the great risks he was taking in exposing a phone records monitoring program and an Internet scouring program designed by the US government to monitor for threats of terrorism.
A series of indirect contacts preceded the first direct exchange on May 16 between Mr Snowden and Mr Gellman. Mr Snowden was not ready to give his name, but he said he was certain to be exposed, the Post reported on Sunday night.
"I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions, and that the return of this information to the public marks my end," he wrote in early May, before making his first direct contact. He warned that even journalists who pursued his story were at risk until they published.