First it was the NSA, now he’s taking down a Ponzi schemer, if Edward Snowden catches a whiff of criminality, he won’t keep his mouth shut.
The former CIA contractor turned exiled expat for leaking that the National Security Agency was surveilling Americans in 2013, has been hiding out in Moscow since fleeing the States to dodge being tried for espionage.
But even fugitives on the run need to make a living, so Snowden agreed to speak at Sunil Tulsiani’s “elite real estate” investor conference last weekend. When the former analyst appeared via live video link, Tulsiani got the shock of his life as Snowden exposed his history of dirty deals.
“Just before I connected, I had a friend reach out to me and tell me they heard things on this conference, like someone saying that they couldn’t afford this [and] the host saying ‘Find a way to afford it,’” Snowden began.
His screen then displayed an image of an article detailing the conference host’s involvement in a $4.5 million Ponzi scheme. “As a whistleblower, it is my obligation, both personally and professionally, to ask: Is this you?” Snowden asked and Tulsiani acknowledged it was.
“The things that I’ve heard tonight make me very uncomfortable with this event … But my advice to everyone on this call tonight — everyone looking at this — is look up what you’re getting involved in … think hard about if you want to continue with this. Because, for me, ladies and gentlemen, for tonight, I don’t. Thank you so much and good night,” Snowden concluded before logging off.
A stunned Tulsiani asked for a five-minute break, then returned with a claim that the story Snowden displayed was a “clickbait article,” and he had not been convicted in the scheme. “If I stole millions of dollars, I would not be here … I was never charged criminally,” he remarked.
Check out the video here: