As Founder of Crypto Project Zcash (ZEC)
Edward Snowden, a former NSA consultant who is still sheltering in Russia, claims to be one of the 6 founders of the crypto project Zcash (ZEC) 2016.
He conveyed this in a Youtube video on. Snowden goes by the anonymous name “John Dobbertin”.
“My name is Edward Snowden. I took part in the Zcash launch event under the name ‘John Dobbertin’. My reason at that time was because I knew there were many reliable cryptographers in the project. So, I think it’s an interesting project, because it carries a higher level of transaction privacy than other blockchains, like Bitcoin,” explained Snowden.
Zcash is known as privacy coins, refers to a blockchain transaction system that can better protect the anonymity of the data of its users. Zcash is one of many for a similar project.
Although claiming to be the founder, Snowden said he did not write the algorithm system directly, but another co-founder, cryptographer which he thought understood him better.
Edward Snowden Didn’t Write the Zcash Algorithm
“I didn’t design the algorithm, but just gave inputs that I considered important. And I also let other developers do it for the algorithm,” he added.
For Snowden, crypto transactions that are more private are very important considering that the personal data of the transaction actors does not need to always be disclosed on the basis of security and human rights.
Snowden admitted that after the launch, he left the project.
“Zcash is a very important and growing crypto project for crypto projects of this class to achieve the concept of ‘free currency‘ and ‘private currency‘,” he said.
Snowden, CIA and NSA
Edward Joseph Snowden, born June 21, 1983, is a former contractor and information technology consultant for the United States and a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) employee who was a contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA) before leaking information on the NSA’s classified spy program to the media.
Snowden leaked classified information about top-secret NSA programs like PRISM to The Guardian andin June 2013.
Snowden said that the leak of PRISM and FISA’s orders related to the NSA’s data collection was aimed at revealing what he believes are excessive measures by the government to monitor the activities of US citizens.
Currently, Russia is granting asylum protection to Snowden on the condition that Snowden will no longer move to “disturb” the United States.