“For the record, I do not work for any government or intelligence agency, directly or as a contractor, and I never have,” John Doe wrote.
The whistleblower said that increasingly acute global economic inequality pushed him to the decision to share the papers with the world.
“In this system—our system—the slaves are unaware both of their status and of their masters, who exist in a world apart where the intangible shackles are carefully hidden amongst reams of unreachable legalese. The horrific magnitude of detriment to the world should shock us all awake.”
“The sad truth is that among the most prominent and capable media organizations in the world there was not a single one interested in reporting on the story,” John Doe wrote.
The whistleblower expressed willingness to provide law enforcement with all the original documents necessary to initiate legal actions against wrongdoers. Initially, the data was given to journalists, who vowed to refrain from passing the originals to police.
“I have watched as one after another, whistleblowers and activists in the United States and Europe, have had their lives destroyed by the circumstances they find themselves in after shining a light on obvious wrongdoing.”
These factors, according to John Doe, indicate the systematic failure of “democracy’s checks and balances.” The whistleblower added that, “now is the time for real action, and that starts with asking questions.”