Mark Klein, a former AT&T communications technician who became a whistleblower, has been aware for many years of the unconstitutionally cozy relationship his onetime employer has shared with the National Security Agency, but as he tells Amy Goodman on Tuesday’s “Democracy Now!” he didn’t know everything.

He knows a lot more now.

Klein began calling out AT&T in 2006 and appeared on Goodman’s long-running news program in 2008 to talk about the telecom giant’s deep ties with the NSA. Since then, of course, Edward Snowden has contributed significantly to the publicly available information on the topic, thus vindicating Klein and backing up his own experience as a witness to the interplay between the government agency and the multinational corporation.

Below, Klein describes his role in that alliance and what eventually flipped the switch in him and helped him overcome his initial fear of speaking up (via “Democracy Now!“):

–Posted by Kasia Anderson

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