- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden appears in the September issue of Wired magazine embracing the American flag.

Wired editor Scott Dadich said Mr. Snowden, an American fugitive living out his residency in Russia, was nervous at first about using the flag on the magazine cover.

“He said he was nervous that posing with the flag might anger people but that it meant a lot to him,” Mr. Dadich said, the Huffington Post reported. “He said that he loved his country. He cradled the flag and held it close to his heart. Nobody said a word, and the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. We all sat there for a long moment, studying him.”

The photo was taken by Platon, a renowned portrait photographer, who flew to Moscow for the shoot. The same flag had been used in his photo shoot with Pamela Anderson, the Post reported.

In the lengthy interview, Mr. Snowden told Wired reporter James Bamford that the public still can’t trust the NSA.

“They still haven’t fixed their problems,” he said. “They still have negligent auditing, they still have things going for a walk, and they have no idea where they’re coming from and they have no idea where they’re going. And if that’s the case, how can we as the public trust the NSA with all of our information, with all of our private records, the permanent record of our lives?”